Mark A. Yates, Ph.D.

Mark A. Yates, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology


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

Dr Yates will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Apply here

Research Interests

  • The relationship between written and spoken language

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.


  • Prueitt, E., Yates, M. (in press). Effects of Word Emotional Experience and Participant Emotionality in Lexical Decision. Journal of Research in Reading.
  • Yates, M., Dickinson, D. (2023). How Similarity Influences Word Recognition: The Effect of Neighbors. The Routledge International Handbook of Psycholinguistic and Cognitive Processes (2nd ed.). Taylor & Francis.
  • Vasilev, M. R., Yates, M., Prueitt, E., Slattery, T. J. (2021). Parafoveal degradation during reading reduces preview costs only when it is not perceptually distinct. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74(2), 254-276.
  • Yates, M., Shelley-Tremblay, J. F., Knapp, D. L. (2020). Measuring the influence of phonological neighborhood on visual word recognition with the N400: Evidence for semantic scaffolding. Brain and Language, 211, 104866.
  • Vasilev, M. R., Yates, M., Slattery, T. J. (2019). Do readers integrate phonological codes across saccades? A Bayesian meta-analysis and a survey of the unpublished literature. Journal of Cognition, 2(1), 1-29.
  • Yates, M., Slattery, T. J. (2019). Individual differences in spelling ability influence phonological processing during visual word recognition. Cognition, 187, 139--149.


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