Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2016

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In


First Advisor

Jacob J. Oleson


The visual world paradigm is a tool that is widely used in the field of psycholinguistics to help investigate how people listen and understand words and sentences. Proportions of fixations to several different objects are recorded for a number of subjects, over a specific time period. Researchers have found it difficult to find models that can incorporate multiple random effects, account for the correlated nature of the data, and simultaneously fit multiple fixation curves/groups. We have taken a Bayesian hierarchical modeling approach for this multivariate non-linear longitudinal data. Within in this framework, we look at both parametric and nonparametric approaches in simultaneously modeling multiple curves. Finally, we will look at different comparison techniques to compare these curves under a Bayesian framework.


xi, 144 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-140).


Copyright © 2016 Melissa Anna Maria Pugh

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