Vivien C. Tartter


Chair, Committee on Courses and Standing, CLAS Director, Academic Standards Director Masters and BA/MA Program in General Psychology

Main Affiliation


Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Academic Standards

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Cognition
  • Language Processing
  • Psycholinguistics


North Academic Center








Vivien C. Tartter


Degree/Date: B.A. 1973 Institution: Brown University Specialization: Mathematics, Applied Math, Psychology

Degree/Date: M.A. 1975 Institution: Brown University Specialization: Psychology

Degree/Date: Ph.D. 1977 Institution: Brown University Specialization: Psychology

Post-Doctoral Training 1979 Institution: Bell Laboratories Specialization: Communication

Research Interests

Cognitive psychology, perception, and psychology of language. Research in speech and sign language perception.




Tartter, V. C. (1998). Language and Its Normal Processing. Sage Publications, Inc. 549 pp

Tartter, V. C. (1998). Language in Atypical Populations. Sage Publications, Inc. 334 pp

Tartter, V. C. (1986) Language Processes.  NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 560 pp


Representative Articles:

Staikova, E., Gomes, H., Tartter, V., & Halperin, J.M. (2013). Pragmatic deficits and social impairment in children with ADHD. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 54:12, 1275-1283.

 Pappas, T.N., Tartter, V. C., Seward, A. G., Genzer, B., Gourgey, K., & Kretzschmar, I. (Jan, 2009). Perceptual dimensions for a dynamic tactile display. In B. E. Rogowitz & T. N. Pappas (eds.),  Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIV B.E. Rogowitz & T. N. Pappas (eds) Proc. SPIE, vol. 7240, (San Jose, CA), pp. 1-12.

Tartter, V. C., Gomes, H., Dubrovsky, B.,  Molholm, S., & Vala Stewart, R. (2002). Novel metaphors appear anomalous at least momentarily: Evidence from N400. Brain and Language, 80, 488-509.

Tartter, V. C., Hellman, S. A., & Chute, P. M. (1992). Vowel perception strategies of normal-hearing subjects and Nucleus multichannel and 3M/House cochlear implant patients. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 92, 1269-1283.

Tartter, V. C. (1989). What's in a whisper? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 86, 1678-1683.

Tartter, V. C. & Knowlton, K. C. (l98l).  Perceiving sign language from an array of 27 moving spots.  Nature, 289, 676-678.

Tartter, V. C. (l980).  Happy talk: Perceptual and acoustic effects of smiling on speech.  Perception & Psychophysics, 27, 24-27.

Additional Information

Professional Activities: Active citizen scientist with New York Mycological Society/ Activism in pro-immigration, anti-family-separation causes primarily with Immigrant Families Together.