Susan Kemper

Roberts Distinguished Professor of Psychology
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Dr. Kemper is a participating faculty member in the Gerontology Doctoral Program as well as in the Child Language Doctoral program in addition to Cognitive Psychology. Her research interests cover the life span, focusing on the role of working memory in language processing by young and older adults and language acquisition by children. Her "The Language Across the Lifespan Project" addresses how aging affects the processing of spoken and written language and includes comparative studies of healthy older adults and adults with Alzheimer's disease. Her research ranges from studies of how older adults' memory affects their speech to studies of how to enhance older adults' comprehension through "elderspeak," a set of special speech modifications designed for older adults. Recently, she has established an eye tracking laboratory for age-comparative studies of reading and visual information processing.

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