Vera Tobin

Assistant Professor

Research interests: Social cognition, viewpoint, joint attention, cognitive biases, cognitive approaches to language and literature.

I study connections between cognition, language, and narrative, with a special interest in cognitive bias and how people think about other minds. My research looks at how people interpret and construct narratives together, how literature and film capitalize on various aspects of our social cognition, and the intersection of ‘small’ linguistic-pragmatic phenomena with sense making at the level of narrative and interaction.

Some current projects

Cognitive biases and narrative structure
Irony as a viewpoint phenomenon
Conceptual and linguistic compressions for identity and change

Selected publications

You can read many of my papers by visiting my profile at

Crawford Hall 617G