Brooke Lea specializes in human cognition, with an emphasis on higher mental
processes. His research interests include theories of discourse comprehension, models of
human logical competence, the interaction between culture and cognition, and
comprehension processes involved in reading poetry. He serves on the editorial board of
Psychological Bulletin. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Haverford College; M.A., PhD, New York University. 

Lea has been teaching at Macalester since 1998. 

Journal Articles


Sweet silent thought: Alliteration and resonance in poetry comprehension. Psychological Science, 19, 709-716 (with D. N. Rapp, N. Elfenbein, A. D. Mitchel, and R. S. Romine), Psychological Science (2008)


Accessing Distant Premise Information: How Memory Feeds Reasoning (with Elizabeth J. Mulligan and Jennifer Lee Walton), Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (2005)


Do Readers Make Inferences About Conversational Topics? (with Patrick A. Kayser, Elizabeth J. Mulligan, and Jerome L. Myers), Memory & Cognition (2002)


The Effect of Negation on Deductive Inferences (with Elizabeth J. Mulligan), Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (2002)



Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (with J. Welkowitz and B. H. Cohen) (2012)

Contributions to Books

Inference and Reasoning in Discourse Comprehension (with Murray Singer), Cognitive Pragmatics (2012)