Randy Newman, Professor & Head of Department

Email address: randy.newman@acadiau.ca

Telephone: (902) 585-1405

Office location: Horton Hall 319

Classes recently taught: Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Research Design & Analysis 2, Women in Science


B.Sc., Mount Allison University

M.Sc., Dalhousie University

Ph.D., Dalhousie University


Dr. Newman is a Cognitive Neuroscientist whose primary research interest is in understanding the brain mechanisms responsible for reading and speech processes using event-related potentials and eye tracking techniques. Current research is examining the impact of a word's spelling on how quickly we recognize spoken words.

A secondary area of interest is in understanding factors responsible for the gender gap that persists in some areas of science, notably computer science and engineering. Current research is examining the impact of girls only science-based activities (e.g., camps) on girls' career aspirations in science, as well as on their self-efficacy and their sense of belonging in science-based disciplines.


Desroches, A.S., Newman, R.L., Robertson, E.K., & Joanisse, M.F. (2013). Electrophysiological indices of phonological impairments in dyslexia. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research, 56, 250-264.

Newman, R.L., Jared, D.J, & Haigh, C.A. (2012). Does phonology play a role when skilled readers read high-frequency words? Evidence from ERPs. Language & Cognitive Processes. 27, 1361-1384.

Newman, R.L., Forbes, K.A., & Connolly, J.F. (2012). Event-related potentials and magnetic fields associated with spoken word recognition. In M. Spivey, K. McRae, & M. Joanisse (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Cambridge University Press.

Newman, R.L., & Joanisse, M.F. (2011). Modulation of brain regions involved in visual word recognition by homophonous stimuli: An fMRI study. Brain Research, 1387, 250-264.


Honours Students

Alexander Sproul (2017) Rethinking Time Course Data: Application of Growth Curve Analysis in Spoken Word Recognition Research

Gabriel Smith (2016) Time to Sync the Time-Course: Co-registration of ERP Responses and Eye Fixation in Spoken Word Recognition

Cameron Ashe (2015) Tracking the Time Course of Rhyme Awareness Development

Sarah Hicks (2015) The Development of an ERP Response Reflecting Phoneme Awareness

Katelyn Mansfield (2015) The Impact of Reading Skill on Phonological Processing: Evidence from Eye Movements