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Department Faculty

Simon Dennis

My main areas of interest are in human memory and language processing. I focus primarily on episodic recognition and serial recall and the processes behind the extraction of propositional information from text. I am also involved in a number of applied projects in the areas of defense, education and information technology. In particular, we are developing technologies to assist intelligence agents to process large amounts of textual information, to automatically grade essays, to assess and promote vocabulary development and to model how users interact with websites.

Selected Publications

Dennis, S. (2004). An unsupervised method for the extraction of propositional information from text. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 101, 5206-5213.

Humphreys, M. S, Wiles, J. & Dennis, S. (1994). Towards a theory of human memory: Data structures and access processes. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 17(4), 655-666.

Humphreys, M. S, Wiles, J. & Dennis, S. (1994). Beyond the Tower of Babel in Human Memory Research: The validity and utility of specification. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 17(4).

Steyvers, M., Griffiths, T. L. & Dennis, S. (in press). Probabilistic Inference in Human Semantic Memory. Trends in Cognitive Sceinces.

Dennis, S. & Humphreys, M. S. (2001). A context noise model of episodic word recognition. Psychological Review. 108(2). 452-477.

Finnegan, S., Humphreys, M. S., Dennis, S., & Geffen, G. (2002). ERP 'old/new' effects: memory strength and decisional factor(s). Neuropsychologia. 40(13), 2288-2304.

Dennis, S. (2005). A memory-based theory of verbal cognition. Cognitive Science. 29(2), 145-193.