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Research Interests

Reading comprehension involves a dynamic, interactive set of processes including 1) the activation of prior knowledge, 2) the use of that activated information along with the current text, and 3) the potential updating or revision of memory. Professor Rapp’s program of research examines how these higher-order activities function both successfully and unsuccessfully during reading. He also focus on the mechanisms that underlie our general, everyday reading experiences - for instance, how our preferences for events and characters directly influence our reading processes. Some of his work attempts to generalize these findings from text to a variety of learning conditions, including our experiences exploring spatial environments with maps, our understanding of procedures delivered through multimedia presentations, and the acquisition of scientific knowledge from novel visualizations. All of this work requires the integration of theory and research from different disciplines in psychology (including cognitive and educational psychology). Such an interdisciplinary view is important for both examining the basic mechanisms necessary for comprehension, as well as for advancing applied work that attempts to remediate comprehension difficulties.

Education/Academic qualification

Experimental Psychology, PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook

… → 2000

General Psychology, MA, New York University

… → 1996

Psychology, Minor in Sociology, BA, SUNY Albany

… → 1994

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Research Output

Look it up: Online search reduces the problematic effects of exposures to inaccuracies

Donovan, A. M. & Rapp, D. N., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Memory and Cognition.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Letter from the Editor: Registered Reports in Discourse Processes

    Rapp, D. N., Jan 2 2019, In : Discourse Processes. 56, 1, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Can’t We Just Disregard Fake News? The Consequences of Exposure to Inaccurate Information

    Rapp, D. N. & Salovich, N. A., Oct 1 2018, In : Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 5, 2, p. 232-239 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Scopus citations

    Detecting differences between adapted narratives: Implication of order of modality on exposure

    Magliano, J. P., Clinton, J. A., O'Brien, E. J. & Rapp, D. N., Jul 1 2018, Empirical Approaches to Comics Research: Digital, Multimodal, and Cognitive Methods. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 284-304 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    2 Scopus citations

    Letter from the editor: Introducing brief reviews to Discourse Processes

    Rapp, D. N., May 19 2018, In : Discourse Processes. 55, 4, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial