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Mark Yates, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2004 - Cognitive Psychology
M.S., University of Louisiana, 1997 - Experimental Psychology
B.S., Louisiana State University, 1995 - Psychology

Office: UCOM 1127
Phone: 251-460-7872

Discipline: Cognition
Others: Psycholinguistics

Research Interests


My research interests are in the area of cognitive psychology. My current research is concerned with understanding the relationship between written and spoken language. That is, how does the sound of a word influence how you read it, and how does the spelling of a word influence how you hear it. Please visit my website for more information on my research.

Selected Publications



Yates, M. (2012). The influence of semantic neighbours on visual word recognition. Journal of Research in Reading, 35, 215 - 226.


Yates, M. (2011). How similarity influences word recognition: The effect of neighbors. In J. Guendouzi, F. Loncke, & M. J. Williams (Eds.), The handbook of psycholinguistic & cognitive processes: Perspectives in communication disorders (pp. 273 - 289). New York, NY: Psychology Press.


Yates, M. (2010). Investigating the importance of the least supported phoneme on visual word naming. Cognition, 115, 197-201.


Yates, M. (2009). Phonological neighborhood spread facilitates lexical decisions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 1304-1314.


Yates, M., Friend, J., & Ploetz, D. M. (2008). Phonological neighbors influence word naming through the least supported phoneme. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34, 1599-1608.


Yates, M., Friend, J., & Ploetz, D. M. (2008). The effect of phonological neighborhood density on eye movements during reading. Cognition, 107, 685-692.


Yates, M. (2005). Phonological neighbors speed visual word processing: Evidence from multiple tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 31, 1385-1397.


Classes Taught

  • PSY 120 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 416 - Cognition
  • PSY 501 - Research Design and Statistics I
  • PSY 502 - Research Design and Statistics II


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