Worcester State University
Psychology Department


Emily Soltano, PhD

Contact Information

Office: Sullivan 241K
Phone: (508) 929-8764
Email: esoltano@worcester.edu


PhD - University of Albany, SUNY

BA - University of Albany, SUNY


Area of Specialization

Dr. Soltano‚Äôs research examines the influence of linguistic information (e.g., sound, spelling) on spoken word comprehension.  Specifically, she examine whether response times to auditorilly presented words in isolation are facilitated or inhibited depending on whether an immediately preceding word contains similar (black-blast) or different (black-nurse) sounds.  She is also interested in examining the influence of similar linguistic information when words are embedded in a sentence.  More recent research projects examined the above topics to more applied situations, for example how we understand sarcastic comments and how we process online communications.


Scholarly Activity


On-site coordinator for the 2009 meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) in Worcester, MA.


Member of the Steering Committee for NEPA


Soltano, E.G., Soysa, C. K., Silver, B., & Cota-McKinley, A. (2009, October). Research Methods in Psychology. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Worcester, MA. 


Cota-McKinley, A., & Emily G. Soltano, E. G. (2009, October).

            Psi Chi student-faculty exchange. Held at the annual

            meeting of the New England Psychological Association,

            Worcester, MA.


Soltano, E. G., (2004). The impact of learning communities on

            first year psychology majors.  Proceedings of the

            Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of

            Psychology (18th, Ellenville, New York, March 2004).


Feldman, L. B., Soltano, E.G., Pastizzo, M., & Francis, S. E.

            (in press). Semantic Transparency Influences

            Morphological Processing. Brain and Language.


Martin, M., Dellicker, A., & Soltano, E. G. (2003).   Visual

            and auditory perception of sarcasm. Paper to be

            presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the New

            England Psychological Association, Salem, MA.

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