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Scholarly Interest Report
Simon Fischer-Baum
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D. Cognitive Science (2010) Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • B.A. Neuroscience & Behavior (2003) Columbia University, New York City, NY
  • M.A. Cognitive Science (2007) Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Primary Department
   Department of Psychology
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Department Affiliations
  • Cognitive Sciences Program
  • Neuroscience Program
     Personal Website
    Research Areas
     Cognitive Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational and Mathematical Approaches to Cognition, Written and Spoken Language Processing, Short-term Memory
    Teaching Areas
     Psycholinguistics, memory, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Fischer-Baum, S. (2015). How much better?: The challenge of interpreting interactions in intervention studies. Aphasiology.


    Fischer-Baum, S. & Englebretson, R.. (submitted). Orthographic units in the absence of visual processing:  Evidence from sublexical structure in braille. Cognition.


    Fischer-Baum, S. & McCloskey, M. (2015) Representation of item position in verbal short-term memory: Evidence from intrusion errors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41, 1426-1446


    Fischer-Baum, S., Miozzo, M., Laiacona, M. & Capitani, E. (submitted) Perseveration during verbal fluency in traumatic brain injury reflects impairments in working memory. Neuropsychology.


    Miozzo, M., Petrova, A., Fischer-Baum, S. & Peressotti, F. (in revision) Serial position encoding in signs. Cognition.


    Rapp, B., Fischer-Baum, S. & Miozzo, M. (2015). Modality and morphology: What we write may not be what we say. Psychological Science, 26, 892-902.


    Fischer-Baum, S. (2013) Making sense of deviance: Identifying dissociating cases in the case series approach. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 30, 597-617


    Fischer-Baum, S.  & Rapp, B. (2014). The analysis of perseverations in acquired dysgraphia reveals the internal structure of orthographic representations. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 31, 237-265..


    McCloskey, M., Fischer-Baum, S & Schubert, T. (2013). Representation of letter position in single-word reading: Evidence from acquired dyslexia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 30, 396-438.


    Fischer-Baum, S. & Gonsalves, B. (2013). Stuck in the past: Neural events that predict prior list intrusions. Psychological Science, 24, 742-750.


    Miozzo, M., Fischer-Baum, S. & Caccappolo-van Vliet, E. (2013). Perseverations in Alzheimer’s Disease: Memory slips? Cortex. 49, 2028-2039.

     Book chapters

    Rapp, B. & Fischer-Baum, S. (2015). Uncovering the cognitive architecture of spelling. In A. Hillis (ed). Handbook of Adult Language Disorders. Hove: Psychology Press.


    Rapp, B. & Fischer-Baum, S. (2014). The structure of orthographic representations. In V. Ferreria, M. Goldrick & M. Miozzo (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Language Production. New York: Oxford University Press. 

     Refereed conference papers

    Chang, C. B., & Fischer-Baum, S. (2015). The effect of semantic predictability on vowel production with pure word deafness. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.),Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: The University of Glasgow.


    Fischer-Baum, S. & Kajander, D. (2014).  Can words be read without abstract letter identities? Frontiers in Psychology   


    Fischer-Baum, S. (2013). General principles of serial order. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 94, 216-217.


    Ries, S. & Fischer-Baum, S. (2013). Cross-domain approaches to the language puzzle. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 94, 211.

     Conference Paper

    Fischer-Baum, S. & Kajander, D. Can words be read without abstract letter identities?. Academy of Aphasia, Miami


    Petrova, A., Miozzo, M., Fischer-Baum, S.  & Peresotti, F. Positional effects in short-term memory for the deaf. From Sound to Gesture, Padua, Italy.

     Invited Talks

    “Neuroplasticity and the logic of Cognitive Neuropsychology” Invited plenary lecture at the 34th European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy


    “Representing order in spoken and written language” IDEALab Winter School, Rovereto, Italy


    "“General principles of serial order” International Workshop on Language Production 2014, Geneva, Switzerland  ."


    "“The structure of written language” Department Colloquium, Linguistics, Rice ."


    "The cognitive neuropsychological approach to acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia, Medical Speech-Language Pathology, Department of Communication Sciences, University of Houston."


    "Visual word recognition. Research on Braille, Department of Linguistics, Rice University."


    Fischer-Baum, S. General principles of serial order. Academy of Aphasia, Lucerne, Switzerland.


    Errors Reveal First-Order Constraint Learning in Visual Sequences. Psychonomics, Chicago


    Levels of representation during single word reading: Evidence from representation similarity analysis. Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Chicago


    Fischer-Baum, S. & Holloway, C.. Learning phonotactic-like regularities in immediate serial recall. Psychonomics, Long Beach


    Fischer-Baum, S., Dickson, D. S. & Federemeier, K.D. Are frequency and regularity effects task dependent? Evidence from ERPs. Cognitive Neuroscience, San Francisco


    Dickson, D. S., Fischer-Baum, S.  & Federemeier, K.D. ERP Effects of Frequency and Regularity Are Modulated By Task Demands: Evidence from Categorization and Delayed Reading Aloud. Neurobiology of Language, San Diego


    Fischer-Baum, S.& Benjamin, A.S. Time, space and memory for order. Psychonomics, Toronto.

     Seminar Speaker

    "“Information mapping of the neural bases of reading” CogTea, Rice University  ."

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Julie Walker Hughes, M.A. All Cumulative Semantic Interference is Not Equal: A Test of the Dark Side Model of Lexical Access. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Benjamin Krauss, PhD Pathways. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jingyi Geng, Ph.D. The role of taxonomic and thematic relations in the organization of object knowledge. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Vanessa Martin, MA Outcome measures of discourse in aphasia. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Denise Harvey, Ph.D. Semantic interference in language production and comprehension: Same or separable loci?. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Penelope Howe, PhD Voicing and Tone in Malagasy Dialects. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jingyi Geng, PhD Role of Features and Categories in Representing Object Knowledge. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Yingying Tan, Ph.D. The role of working memory in interference resolution during Chinese sentence comprehension: Evidence from event-related potentials (ERPs). (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Alda Rivas, MA Do older adults benefit from effortful retrieval during testing?. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Philipp Stempel, PhD A constructional reanalysis of semantic prosody. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Curtiss Chapman, MA The Role of Executive Function in the Semantic Comprehension Deficits of Semantic Dementia and Comprehension-Impaired Stroke Aphasia. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Tao Wei, PhD Naming “CAT” in the past affects naming “DOG” in the present: How and where semantic facilitation and interference occur. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Neurolinguistic Dissertation Fellowship, William Orr Dingwall Foundation (2009)