Shravan Vasishth

Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)331-977-2950 | Fax: - 2087 | Email: vasishth squiggle uni minus potsdam dot de
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Open access and transparency in research

We routinely release data and code with published papers (see below); we have been systematically working towards achieving open access to our research since 2010. I signed the research transparency commitment on Sept 9 2015.

research articles

published, accepted, in press
[1]
R. Harald Baayen, Shravan Vasishth, Reinhold Kliegl, and Douglas Bates. The Cave of Shadows: Addressing the human factor with generalized additive mixed models. Journal of Memory and Language, pages 206-234, 2017. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[2]
Lena A. Jäger, Felix Engelmann, and Shravan Vasishth. Similarity-based interference in sentence comprehension: Literature review and Bayesian meta-analysis. Journal of Memory and Language, 94:316-339, 2017. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[3]
Hannes Matuschek, Reinhold Kliegl, Shravan Vasishth, R. Harald Baayen, and Douglas Bates. Balancing Type I Error and Power in Linear Mixed Models. Journal of Memory and Language, 94:305-315, 2017. [ DOI | pdf ]
[4]
Dario Paape, Bruno Nicenboim, and Shravan Vasishth. Does antecedent complexity affect ellipsis processing? An empirical investigation. Glossa, 2017. Accepted.
[5]
Shravan Vasishth. Planned experiments and corpus based research play a complementary role: Comment on “Dependency distance: A new perspective on syntactic patterns in natural languages” by Liu et al. Physics of Life Reviews, page ??, 2017.
[6]
Gerrit Kentner and Shravan Vasishth. Prosodic focus marking in silent reading: Effects of discourse context and rhythm. 7(319), 2016. Frontiers in Psychology. [ DOI | pdf | http ]
[7]
Pavel Logačev and Shravan Vasishth. Understanding underspecification: A comparison of two computational implementations. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69(5):996-1012, 2016. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[8]
Paul Metzner, Titus von der Malsburg, Shravan Vasishth, and Frank Rösler. The importance of reading naturally: Evidence from combined recordings of eye movements and electric brain potentials. Cognitive Science, 2016. [ DOI ]
[9]
Bruno Nicenboim, Pavel Logačev, Carolina Gattei, and Shravan Vasishth. When high-capacity readers slow down and low-capacity readers speed up: Working memory differences in unbounded dependencies. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(280), 2016. Special Issue on Encoding and Navigating Linguistic Representations in Memory. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[10]
Bruno Nicenboim and Shravan Vasishth. Statistical methods for linguistic research: Foundational Ideas - Part II. Language and Linguistics Compass, 10:591-613, 2016. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[11]
Dario Paape and Shravan Vasishth. Local coherence and preemptive digging-in effects in German. Language and Speech, 59:387-403, 2016. [ pdf ]
[12]
Umesh Patil, Sandra Hanne, Frank Burchert, Ria De Bleser, and Shravan Vasishth. A computational evaluation of sentence comprehension deficits in aphasia. Cognitive Science, 40:5–50, 2016. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[13]
Umesh Patil, Shravan Vasishth, and Richard L. Lewis. Retrieval interference in syntactic processing: The case of reflexive binding in English. Frontiers in Psychology, 2016. Special Issue on Encoding and Navigating Linguistic Representations in Memory. [ DOI | code ]
[14]
Molood Sadat Safavi, Samar Husain, and Shravan Vasishth. Dependency resolution difficulty increases with distance in Persian separable complex predicates: Implications for expectation and memory-based accounts. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 2016. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[15]
Tanner Sorensen, Sven Hohenstein, and Shravan Vasishth. Bayesian linear mixed models using Stan: A tutorial for psychologists, linguists, and cognitive scientists. Quantitative Methods for Psychology, 12(3):175-200, 2016. [ pdf | .html ]
[16]
Shravan Vasishth and Bruno Nicenboim. Statistical Methods for Linguistic Research: Foundational Ideas – Part I. Language and Linguistics Compass, 10(8):349-369, 2016. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[17]
Stefan L. Frank, Thijs Trompenaars, and Shravan Vasishth. Cross-linguistic differences in processing double-embedded relative clauses: Working-memory constraints or language statistics? Cognitive Science, page n/a, 2015. [ code | pdf ]
[18]
Sandra Hanne, Frank Burchert, Ria De Bleser, and Shravan Vasishth. Sentence comprehension and morphological cues in aphasia: What eye-tracking reveals about integration and prediction. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 34:83-111, 2015. [ pdf ]
[19]
Sandra Hanne, Frank Burchert, and Shravan Vasishth. On the nature of the subject-object asymmetry in wh-question comprehension in aphasia: Evidence from eye-tracking. Aphasiology, 2015. [ pdf ]
[20]
Samar Husain, Shravan Vasishth, and Narayanan Srinivasan. Integration and prediction difficulty in Hindi sentence comprehension: Evidence from an eye-tracking corpus. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 8(2):1-12, 2015. [ pdf ]
[21]
Lena A. Jäger, Lena Benz, Jens Roeser, Brian W. Dillon, and Shravan Vasishth. Teasing apart retrieval and encoding interference in the processing of anaphors. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(506), 2015. [ DOI | pdf | http ]
[22]
Lena A. Jäger, Zhong Chen, Qiang Li, Chien-Jer Charles Lin, and Shravan Vasishth. The subject-relative advantage in Chinese: Evidence for expectation-based processing. Journal of Memory and Language, 79-80:97-120, 2015. [ DOI | pdf ]
[23]
Lena A. Jäger, Felix Engelmann, and Shravan Vasishth. Retrieval interference in reflexive processing: Experimental evidence from Mandarin, and computational modeling. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(617), 2015. [ DOI | pdf ]
[24]
Pavel Logačev and Shravan Vasishth. A Multiple-Channel Model of Task-Dependent Ambiguity Resolution in Sentence Comprehension. Cognitive Science, 2015. [ code | pdf ]
[25]
Bruno Nicenboim, Shravan Vasishth, Reinhold Kliegl, Carolina Gattei, and Mariano Sigman. Working memory differences in long distance dependency resolution. Frontiers in Psychology, 2015. [ code | pdf | http ]
[26]
Titus von der Malsburg, Reinhold Kliegl, and Shravan Vasishth. Determinants of Scanpath Regularity in Reading. Cognitive Science, 39(7):1675-1703, 2015. [ DOI ]
[27]
Philip Hofmeister and Shravan Vasishth. Distinctiveness and encoding effects in online sentence comprehension. 5:1-13, 2014. Article 1237. [ DOI | code | pdf ]
[28]
Samar Husain, Shravan Vasishth, and Narayanan Srinivasan. Strong Expectations Cancel Locality Effects: Evidence from Hindi. PLoS ONE, 9(7):1-14, 2014. [ code | pdf ]
[29]
Paul Metzner, Titus von der Malsburg, Shravan Vasishth, and Frank Rösler. Brain responses to world-knowledge violations: A comparison of stimulus- and fixation-triggered event-related potentials and neural oscillations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(5):1017-1028, 2014. [ DOI | pdf ]
[30]
Shravan Vasishth, Zhong Chen, Qiang Li, and Gueilan Guo. Processing Chinese Relative Clauses: Evidence for the Subject-Relative Advantage. PLoS ONE, 8(10):1-14, 10 2013. [ code | pdf ]
[31]
Felix Engelmann, Shravan Vasishth, Ralf Engbert, and Reinhold Kliegl. A framework for modeling the interaction of syntactic processing and eye movement control. Topics in Cognitive Science, 5(3):452-474, 2013. [ pdf ]
[32]
Niloofar Keshtiari and Shravan Vasishth. Reactivation of antecedents by overt vs null pronouns: Evidence from Persian. 1(2):243-266, 2013. [ code | pdf ]
[33]
Kate McCurdy, Gerrit Kentner, and Shravan Vasishth. Implicit prosody and contextual bias in silent reading. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 6(2):1-17, 2013. [ code | pdf ]
[34]
Titus von der Malsburg and Shravan Vasishth. Scanpaths reveal syntactic underspecification and reanalysis strategies. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28(10):1545-1578, 2013.
[35]
Frank Burchert, Sandra Hanne, and Shravan Vasishth. Sentence comprehension disorders in aphasia: The concept of chance performance revisited. Aphasiology, 2012. [ pdf ]
[36]
Shravan Vasishth, Rukshin Shaher, and Narayanan Srinivasan. The role of clefting, word order and given-new ordering in sentence comprehension: Evidence from Hindi. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, 2012. [ code | pdf ]
[37]
Shravan Vasishth, Titus von der Malsburg, and Felix Engelmann. What eye movements can tell us about sentence comprehension. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, pages 125-134, 2012. [ pdf ]
[38]
Brian Bartek, Richard L. Lewis, Shravan Vasishth, and Mason Smith. In Search of On-line Locality Effects in Sentence Comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 37(5):1178-1198, 2011. [ code | pdf ]
[39]
Marisa F. Boston, John T. Hale, Shravan Vasishth, and Reinhold Kliegl. Parallel processing and sentence comprehension difficulty. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26(3):301-349, 2011. [ pdf ]
[40]
Zhong Chen, Lena Jäger, and Shravan Vasishth. How structure sensitive is the parser? Evidence from Mandarin Chinese. In Empirical approaches to linguistic theory: Studies of meaning and structure, Studies in Generative Grammar. Mouton de Gruyter, 2011. [ code | pdf ]
[41]
Heiner Drenhaus, Malte Zimmermann, and Shravan Vasishth. Exhaustiveness effects in clefts are not truth-functional. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24:320-337, 2011. [ pdf ]
[42]
Sandra Hanne, Irina Sekerina, Shravan Vasishth, Frank Burchert, and Ria De Bleser. Chance in agrammatic sentence comprehension: What does it really mean? Evidence from Eye Movements of German Agrammatic Aphasics. Aphasiology, 25:221-244, 2011. [ pdf ]
[43]
Pavel Logačev and Shravan Vasishth. Case matching and conflicting bindings interference. In Peter de Swart and Monique Lamers, editors, Case, Word Order, and Prominence: Psycholinguistic and theoretical approaches to argument structure, volume 2 of Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics. Springer, 2011. [ .pdf ]
[44]
Shravan Vasishth. Integration and Prediction in Head-Final Structures. In Hiroko Yamashita, Yuki Hirose, and Jerry Packard, editors, Processing and Producing Head-Final Structure, Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, pages 349-367. Springer, 2011. [ .pdf ]
[45]
Shravan Vasishth and Heiner Drenhaus. Locality in German. Dialogue and Discourse, 1:59-82, 2011. [ pdf ]
[46]
Shravan Vasishth, Katja Suckow, Richard L. Lewis, and Sabine Kern. Short-term forgetting in sentence comprehension: Crosslinguistic evidence from head-final structures. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25(4):533-567, 2011. [ code | pdf ]
[47]
Titus von der Malsburg and Shravan Vasishth. What is the scanpath signature of syntactic reanalysis? Journal of Memory and Language, 65:109-127, 2011. [ pdf ]
[48]
Sigrid Beck and Shravan Vasishth. Multiple Focus. Journal of Semantics, 2009. [ code | .pdf ]
[49]
Umesh Patil, Gerrit Kentner, Anja Gollrad, Frank Kügler, Caroline Féry, and Shravan Vasishth. Focus, word order and intonation in Hindi. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, 1(1):55-72, October 2008. [ .pdf ]
[50]
Marisa Ferrara Boston, John T. Hale, Umesh Patil, Reinhold Kliegl, and Shravan Vasishth. Parsing costs as predictors of reading difficulty: An evaluation using the Potsdam Sentence Corpus. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 2(1):1-12, 2008. [ code | pdf ]
[51]
Shravan Vasishth, Sven Bruessow, Richard L. Lewis, and Heiner Drenhaus. Processing Polarity: How the ungrammatical intrudes on the grammatical. Cognitive Science, 32(4):685-712, 2008. [ code | pdf ]
[52]
Richard L. Lewis, Shravan Vasishth, and Julie Van Dyke. Computational principles of working memory in sentence comprehension. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10(10):447-454, 2006. [ pdf ]
[53]
Mineharu Nakayama, Shravan Vasishth, and Richard Lewis. Difficulty of Certain Sentence Constructions in Comprehension. In M. Nakayama, R. Mazuka, Y. Shirai, and P. Li, editors, East Asian Psycholinguistics. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
[54]
Shravan Vasishth and Richard L. Lewis. Argument-head distance and processing complexity: Explaining both locality and antilocality effects. Language, 82(4):767-794, 2006. [ code | pdf ]
[55]
Shravan Vasishth and Richard L. Lewis. Human language processing: Symbolic models. In Keith Brown, editor, Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, volume 5, pages 410-419. Elsevier, 2006. [ .pdf ]
[56]
Richard L. Lewis and Shravan Vasishth. An activation-based model of sentence processing as skilled memory retrieval. Cognitive Science, 29:1-45, 2005. [ code | pdf ]
[57]
Shravan Vasishth. Quantifying processing difficulty in human language processing. In Rama Kant Agnihotri and Tista Bagchi, editors, Book title not available yet. Sage Publishers, New Delhi, 2005. [ .pdf ]
[58]
S. Vasishth. Discourse context and word order preferences in Hindi. Yearbook of South Asian Languages, pages 113-127, 2004. [ .pdf ]
[59]
Shravan Vasishth. Word order, negation, and negative polarity in Hindi. Research on Language and Computation, 3, 2002. [ .pdf ]
unpublished manuscripts
[1]
Shravan Vasishth and Felix Engelmann. Sentence comprehension as a cognitive process: A computational modeling approach. Book under contract with Cambridge University Press.
[2]
Felix Engelmann, Lena A. Jäger, and Shravan Vasishth. The effect of prominence and cue association in retrieval processes: A computational account. Manuscript (under revision), 2017. [ DOI | pdf ]
[3]
Bruno Nicenboim and Shravan Vasishth. Models of retrieval in sentence comprehension: A computational evaluation using Bayesian hierarchical modeling. Under revision following review, Journal of Memory and Language, 2017. [ http ]
[4]
Bruno Nicenboim, Felix Engelmann, Katja Suckow, and Shravan Vasishth. Number interference in German: Evidence for cue-based retrieval. submitted to Cognitive Science, 2016. [ http ]
[5]
Douglas Bates, Reinhold Kliegl, Shravan Vasishth, and Harald Baayen. Parsimonious mixed models. ArXiv e-print, 2015. [ http ]
[6]
Fuyun Wu, Elsi Kaiser, and Shravan Vasishth. Effects of early cues on the processing of Chinese relative clauses: Evidence for experience-based theories. Submitted to Cognitive Science, 2015.

proceedings (2016-2017)
[1]
Bruno Nicenboim and Shravan Vasishth. Models of retrieval in sentence comprehension: A computational evaluation using Bayesian hierarchical modeling. In Proceedings of the Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, 3 2017. [ http ]
[2]
Anna Laurinavichyute, Aleksandra Simdianova, and Shravan Vasishth. Agreement attraction in person: comprehension in Russian. In Edward Gibson, Idan Blank, Evelina Fedorenko, Richard Futrell, Melissa Kline, and Rachel Ryskin, editors, Proceedings of the 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA, USA, 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
[3]
Paul Mätzig, Shravan Vasishth, Felix Engelmann, and David Caplan. A computational investigation of sources of variability in sentence comprehension difficulty in aphasia. In Proceedings of MathPsych/ICCM, Warwick, UK, 2017. [ http ]
[4]
Daniela Mertzen, Lena A. Jäger, and Shravan Vasishth. The importance of replication in psycholinguistics. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, Boston, USA, 2017. [ http ]
[5]
Bruno Nicenboim and Shravan Vasishth. Models of Retrieval in Sentence Comprehension. In Proceedings of the First Stan Conference, StanCon, 2017. [ http ]
[6]
Dario Paape and Shravan Vasishth. On-line processing of “depth charge” sentences: No evidence for memory overload. In Edward Gibson, Idan Blank, Evelina Fedorenko, Richard Futrell, Melissa Kline, and Rachel Ryskin, editors, Proceedings of the 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA, USA, 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
[7]
Shravan Vasishth, Nicolas Chopin, Robin Ryder, and Bruno Nicenboim. Finite mixture modeling: A case study involving retrieval processes in sentence comprehension. In Ullrika Sahlin and Umberto Picchini, editors, Book of abstracts of the Second Bayes@Lund conference, Lund, Sweden, 2017.
[8]
Shravan Vasishth, Nicolas Chopin, Robin Ryder, and Bruno Nicenboim. Modelling dependency completion in sentence comprehension as a Bayesian hierarchical mixture process: A case study involving Chinese relative clauses. In Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Conference, London, UK, 2017. [ http ]
[9]
Shravan Vasishth and Andrew Gelman. The statistical significance filter leads to overconfident expectations of replicability. In Proceedings of Cognitive Science Conference, London, UK, 2017.
[10]
Shravan Vasishth, Lena A. Jäger, and Bruno Nicenboim. Feature overwriting as a finite mixture process: Evidence from comprehension data. In Proceedings of MathPsych/ICCM, Warwick, UK, 2017. [ http ]
[11]
Samar Husain and Shravan Vasishth. Processing Hindi relative clauses: Evidence against expectation-based theories. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, page n/a, Florida, USA, 2016.
[12]
Lena Jäger, Felix Engelmann, and Shravan Vasishth. Interference effects in sentence comprehension: A synthesis. In Proceedings of the AMLaP Conference, Bilbao, Spain, 2016.
[13]
Anna Laurinavichyute, Aleksandra Simdianova, and Shravan Vasishth. Agreement attraction in person. In Proceedings of the AMLaP Conference, Bilbao, Spain, 2016.
[14]
Anna Laurinavichyute and Shravan Vasishth. Agreement attraction in person is symmetric. In 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida), 2016.
[15]
Daniela Mertzen, Lena Jäger, and Shravan Vasishth. German relative clauses: The missing-VP effect in double and triple embeddings. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, page n/a, Florida, USA, 2016.
[16]
Bruno Nicenboim, Felix Engelmann, Katja Suckow, and Shravan Vasishth. Number interference as predicted by cue-based retrieval. In Proceedings of the AMLaP Conference, Bilbao, Spain, 2016.
[17]
Dario Paape, Barbara Hemforth, and Shravan Vasishth. Ellipsis with garden-path antecedents in French. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, page n/a, Florida, USA, 2016.
[18]
Dario Paape, Barbara Hemforth, and Shravan Vasishth. Ellipsis with garden-path antecedents in French. In Proceedings of the AMLaP Conference, Bilbao, Spain, 2016.
[19]
Molood Sadat Safavi, Samar Husain, and Shravan Vasishth. Dependency resolution difficulty increases with distance in Persian complex predicates: Evidence against the expectation-based account. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, page n/a, Florida, USA, 2016.
[20]
Molood Sadat Safavi, Samar Husain, and Shravan Vasishth. Expectation-based and memory-based accounts in Persian Complex Predicates. In Proceedings of the AMLaP Conference, Bilbao, Spain, 2016.
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