Alexandra Frazer, Ph.D.

akf207@lehigh.edu

Lehigh University Psychology - student Alexandra Frazer

Academic History
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ
M.A. 2007, Psychology

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ
B.A. 2005, Psychology

Research Interests
My work is in Cognitive Psychology. My research interests include psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics, speech processing, language production and comprehension, and memory. I am currently working with Dr. Padraig O’Seaghdha in his Language Production Lab, where my research focuses on sentence production.

My dissertation investigates how speakers choose the structures of their utterances. In particular, I am interested in how recent selection and use of certain grammatical structures influences later use of those same structures and syntactic alternatives (e.g. active/passive alternation). I am also interested in how the availability of to-be-spoken words influences structural selection. In addition to my work on syntactic representation, we are currently researching word form production, considering which components of words are the functional units of phonological encoding using the form preparation task. We are also examining the combined and separate effects of phonological form preparation, a facilitatory attentional process, and semantic interference, which involves unconscious adaptation in memory, using blocked cyclic picture naming.

My previous work has been on sentence structure when non-professional writers describe interpersonal and sexual violence; specifically I have found that people’s selection of active or passive voice in descriptions of spousal violence is often influenced by the gender of the victim relative to the gender of the perpetrator.

Papers & Publications
Frazer, A.K., & O’Seaghdha, P.G. (2011). Phrase Structure Priming Across Sentences:
        Facilitation or Reconfiguration? In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.),
       Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp.
       1140-1145). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Link

O’Seaghdha, P.G., Frazer, A.K. & Knicely, J.L. (2011). Consequential form preparation in
      word production: The interloper procedure.
Manuscript submitted for publication.

Frazer, A.K., & Miller, M.D. (2009). Double standards in sentence structure: Passive voice in
      narratives describing domestic violence. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 
      28
(1), 62-71. 

Frazer, A.K. (2007). Positive and negative events, gender, and the use of the active
       and passive voice.
 Unpublished Masters Thesis, Northern Arizona University.

Manuscripts
Frazer, A.K. & O’Seaghdha, P.G. (2013). Consequences of consonance: When sound similarity
      increases semantic interference. Manuscript in preparation.

Frazer, A.K. & O’Seaghdha, P.G. (2013). Does phrase structure priming exist? Manuscript in
      preparation.

Frazer, A.K., O’Seaghdha, P.G., & Johnson, G.* (2013). Syllable variation in form preparation.
      Manuscript in preparation.

O’Seaghdha, P.G. & Frazer, A.K. (2013). Consequential form preparation in word production.
      Manuscript under revision.

O’Seaghdha, P.G. & Frazer, A.K. (2013). The exception does not rule: Adjustable form preparation
      in word production. Manuscript under revision.

Conference Presentations
Preusse, K.*, Lewis, J.*, Prieto, C.*, Frazer, A.K., & O’Seaghdha, P.G. (March, 2013). Exploring
phonological preparation and semantic interference in word production. Poster presented at
the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Frazer, A.K. & O’Seaghdha, P.G. (July, 2012). Does phrase structure priming exist? Poster presented at
the 7th International Workshop on Language Production, New York, New York.

O’Seaghdha, P.G., & Frazer, A.K. (November, 2011). A goal-setting theory of preparation for word production.
Paper presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.

Frazer, A.K., & O’Seaghdha, P.G. (July, 2011). Phrase structure priming across sentences: Facilitation or 
reconfiguration? Poster presented at the 33rd annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

Frazer, A.K., & O’Seaghdha, P.G. (November, 2010). Flexible planning in word production.  Poster presented at
the 51st annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.

Frazer, A.K., Knicely, J.L., & O'Seaghdha, P.G. (July, 2009). Expect the unexpected: Robust planning processes in
speech production. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Frazer, A.K., Knicely, J.L., & O'Seaghdha, P.G. (March, 2009). The best laid plans: Consequences of form
preparation in speech production. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological
Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Frazer, A.K., & Miller, M.D. (April 2007). Gender of attacker and victim affects sentence structure in descriptions
of interpersonal violence. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological
Association, Denver, CO.

Frazer, A.K., & Miller, M.D. (April, 2005). Male-on-Female Versus Female-on-Male Violence: Gender and Verb
Voice in Newspaper Stories. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological
Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Professional & Honors Organizations
Women in Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science Society
Association for Psychological Science
Eastern Psychological Association