Douglas Roland

ROLAND, Douglas (ローランド ダグラス), Associate Professor

ResearchMap site: https://researchmap.jp/douglas_roland

Personal web site: https://sites.google.com/site/dougroland/home

E-mail: [droland@aoni.waseda.jp]

My area of specialization is computational psycholinguistics. I am interested in cognitive factors such as the sources of difficulty during language comprehension and the nature of the mental representations used by comprehenders, as well as methodological factors, such as how different experimental methodologies (e.g., data from eye movement studies vs. data from the self-paced reading paradigm) influence the resulting data. I am also interested in how the differences between the ways in which language is used in typical laboratory experiments and in naturally occurring contexts affect investigators’ results. In order to carry out this research, I use a variety of tools including psycholinguistic experimentation, eye movement data, computational modeling, and corpus analysis. Before becoming a linguist, I was interested in biochemistry. I graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in chemistry. While still a student, I became interested in linguistics (to me, it's like chemistry, but involves words instead of molecules).


  • Ph.D. (Linguistics), University of Colorado, 2001
  • M.A. (Linguistics), University of Colorado, 1994
  • B.S. (Chemistry), University of Delaware, 1989

Current CELESE responsibilities

Administrative roles: English degree program coordinator

Courses: Academic English, Academic Fundamentals, Academic Study Skills

Research areas and interests

Psycholinguistics; Computational modeling; Corpus analysis; Second language comprehension

Representative works

  • Yi, Eunkyung, Jean-Pierre Koenig, and Douglas Roland. (2019). Semantic similarity to high-frequency verbs affects syntactic frame selection. Cognitive Linguistics, 30(3), pages 601-628.
  • Arai, M.[新井学], & Roland, D. (2016). Gengo rikai kenkyū ni okeru gankyū undō dēta oyobi yomi jikan dēta no tōkei bunseki [言語理解研究における眼球運動データ及び読み時間データの統計分析. Statistical analysis of eye-movement data and reading time data in language comprehension research]. Tōkei sūri [統計数理. Statistics], Tokushū “tōkei-teki gengo kenkyū no genzai” [特集「統計的言語研究の現在」. Special issue “Current Statistical Language Research”]. Tōkeisūri kenkyūsho [統計数理研究所. Institute of Statistical Mathematics]. 64巻2号, pages 201-231.
  • Heider, Paul, Jeruen Dery, and Douglas Roland. (2014). The processing of it object relative clauses: Evidence against a fine-grained frequency account. Journal of Memory and Language, 75, pages 58-76.
  • Roland, Douglas, Gail Mauner, Carolyn O'Meara, and Hongoak Yun. (2012). Discourse expectations and relative clause processing. Journal of Memory and Language, 66(3), pages 479-508.
  • Roland, Douglas, Hongoak Yun, Jean-Pierre Koenig and Gail Mauner. (2012). Semantic Similarity, Predictability, and Models of Sentence Processing. Cognition, 122(3), pages 267–279.


  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (C), No. 20K00584. Eye movements during reading as a window to non-native speakers’ language comprehension processes. Role: Principal Investigator. 2020-2024.