Raheleh Saryazdi

Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology

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My name is Raheleh Saryazdi and I am currently a PhD Candidate in the department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. I am also a Research Trainee at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

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Research Interests

  • Real-time spoken language processing
  • Reference in conversational interaction
  • Aging and technology
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Driving and attention

Publications

  • Keshavarz, B., Saryazdi, R., Campos, J. L., & Goldstein, J. G. (2019). Introducing VIMSSQ: Measuring susceptibility to visually induced motion sickness. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 63, 2267-2271. doi:10.1177/1071181319631216

  • Saryazdi, R., Bannon, J., & Chambers, C. G. (2019). Age-related differences in referential production: A multiple-measures study, Psychology and Aging, 34(6), 791. doi:10.1037/pag0000372

  • Saryazdi, R., Bak, K., & Campos, J. L. (2019). Inattentional blindness during driving in younger and older adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 880. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00880

  • Saryazdi, R., Bannon, J., Rodrigues, A., Klammer, C., & Chambers C.G. (2018). Picture perfect: A stimulus set of 225 pairs of matched clipart and photographic images normed by Mechanical Turk and laboratory participants. Behavior Research Methods. 50(6), 2498-2510. doi:10.3758/s13428-018-1028-5

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C.G. (2018). Mapping language to visual referents. Does the degree of image realism matter? Acta Psychologica. 182, 91-99. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.11.003

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C.G. (2017) Attentional factors in listeners' uptake of gesture cues during speech processing. Proc. Interspeech 2017, 869-873, doi:10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1676

  • Kennett, D., Saryazdi, R., Young, A. M., & Nobels, P. J. (2014). Applied Statistics Interfaced with R (1st Edition), Peterborough, Ontario: Trent University Publication.

Presentations

Oral Presentations

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (November, 2019). Age-related differences in communicative perspective taking in real-time comprehension. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Montreal, QC.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Nuque, J., & Chambers, C. G. (October, 2019). Interacting with a robot partner: Age-related differences in communicative perspective taking. Talk presented at the American Psychological Associations' Technology, Mind and Society Conference, Washington, DC.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Nuque, J., & Chambers, C. G. (August, 2019). Communicative perspective taking with artificial agents. Talk presented at the joint Embodied Situated Language Processing and the Attentive Listener in the Visual world conference, Berlin, Germany.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Mostarac, T., & Chambers, C. G. (June, 2019). The effects of elderspeak on real-time language comprehension. Talk presented at the annual meeting of Canadian Society of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, Waterloo, ON.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Nuque, J., & Chambers, C. G. (June, 2019). Perspective taking while conversing with a social robot. Talk presented at the annual meeting of Canadian Society of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, Waterloo, ON.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers C. G. (March, 2019). Reference and perspective taking across the adult lifespan. Talk presented at the annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boulder, CO.

  • Saryazdi, R., DeSantis, D., Chambers, C. G., & Johnson, E. K. (November, 2017). Listeners' reactions to older and younger talkers'...uh...disfluencies. Talk presented at the international meeting of Aging and Speech Communication, Tampa, FL.

  • Saryazdi, R., DeSantis, D., Chambers, C. G., & Johnson, E. K. (June, 2017). Ageist preconceptions: A dissociation between implicit and explicit behaviour. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (June, 2016). Are we getting the whole picture? Exploring differences in the processing of clipart versus photographs. Talk presented at the annual meeting of Canadian Society of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, Ottawa, ON.

Poster Presentations

  • Saryazdi, R., Mostarac, T., & Chambers, C. G. (November, 2019). How effective are speech adaptations? A closer look at the effects of elderspeak. Poster presented at the international meeting of Aging and Speech Communication, Tampa, FL.

  • Saryazdi, R., Hou, Y., & Chambers, C. G. (April, 2019). Reading and listening to real-world media: Younger and older adults' ability to recognize advertisements. Poster presented at the International Conference on Aging and Cognition, Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Saryazdi, R., Bak, K., & Campos, J. (April, 2019). I never saw it coming: Inattentional blindness in younger and older drivers. Poster presented at the International Conference on Aging and Cognition, Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Saryazdi, R., Mostarac, T., & Chambers, C. G. (March, 2019). Speech rate and language processing in older adults: Is slow speech better? Poster presented at the annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boulder, CO.

  • Saryazdi, R., Bak, K., & Campos, J. (February, 2019). Driving under load: Comparing the characteristics of inattentional blindness in younger and older drivers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment, Niagara Falls, ON.

  • Saryazdi, R., Hou, Y., & Chambers, C. G. (November, 2018). Examining age-related differences in the ability to detect subtle advertisements in real-world media. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (September, 2018). Co-speech gestures and co-present objects: Attentional allocation in referential communication. Poster presented at the annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing conference, Berlin, Germany

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (September, 2018). Factors influencing semantic competition during real-time language processing. Poster presented at the annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing conference, Berlin, Germany

  • Saryazdi, R., Bannon, J., & Chambers, C. G. (September, 2018). Tailoring Referential Descriptions: Talking to Children, Adults, and Computers. Poster presented at the Socially Situated Language Processing workshop, Berlin, Germany

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (June, 2018). Factors influencing the uptake of co-speech gestures in real-time language processing. Poster presented at the annual International Multisensory Research Forum, Toronto, ON

  • Saryazdi, R., Bannon, J., & Chambers, C. G. (March, 2018). Referential production in aging: A multi-measures study. Poster presented at the annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Sacramento, CA.

  • Saryazdi, R., Bannon, J., & Chambers, C. G. (February, 2018). Referring to things in the here-and-now: A comprehensive examination of age-related differences between younger and older adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment, Niagara Falls, ON.

  • Saryazdi, R., Grewal, J., & Chambers, C. G. (November, 2017). When less is more: Visual detail and the activation of semantic associates. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC.

  • Saryazdi, R., Rodrigues, A., & Chambers, C. G. (September, 2017). Is referential overspecification a BIG problem, or just a problem? Poster presented at the annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing conference, Lancaster, England.

  • Bannon, J., Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (September, 2017). Do older adults follow convention when designing referential expressions? Poster presented at the annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing conference, Lancaster, England.

  • Saryazdi, R., DeSantis, D., Chambers, C. G. & Johnson, E. K. (March, 2017). Investigating attributional models of disfluency processing with a YOYO paradigm: Younger and Older listeners' reactions to Younger and Older talkers' disfluencies. Poster presented at the annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (November, 2016). Does co-speech gesture aid real-time language comprehension? It depends. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

  • Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (September, 2016). Appearances aren't everything (or are they?) Exploring effects of clipart versus photograph stimuli on measures of on-line language processing. Poster presented at the annual Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing conference, Bilbao, Spain.

  • Saryazdi, R., Im-Bolter, N., & Bailey, K. (June, 2016). Learning a new language: A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of immersion education. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Victoria, BC.

  • Rodrigues, A., Saryazdi, R., & Chambers, C. G. (March, 2016). Like water off a duck's back: How listeners react to and recover from referential infelicity. Poster presented at the annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Gainesville, FL.

  • Bailey, K., Owens-Jaffray, K., Saryazdi, R. & Im-Bolter, N. (August, 2015). Balancing perspectives during social conflict: Mine, yours, or ours? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.

  • Bailey, K., Owens-Jaffray, K., Saryazdi, R., & Im-Bolter, N. (March, 2015). Negotiating conflict: Social problem solving in childhood epilepsy. Poster presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Im-Bolter, N., Owens-Jaffray, K., Bailey, K., & Saryazdi, R. (March, 2015). Individual differences in theory of mind: Predictive of successful conflict resolution? Poster presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Bailey, K., Im-Bolter, N., Owens-Jaffray, K., & Saryazdi, R. (March, 2015). Differences in theory of mind: Implications from epilepsy research. Poster presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Education

University of Toronto

PhD in Psychology (2016-present)
MA in Psychology (2015-2016)

Trent University

BSc in Psychology (2011-2015)