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Sara J. Margolin



Contact Info: (585) 395-2908
Office: Holmes Hall 127
Education B.S., M.S., & Ph.D. at the University of Florida
Research Interests:

Factors impacting language at both the word and sentence levels; both age-related changes and changes induced by our use of technologies; the effects of misspellings on reading comprehension in young and older adults; the effects of negation on reading comprehension and metacomprehension in young adults and older adults.


Margolin, S.J., Toland, M.J. + (in press). Should we LOL? The effects of text messaging on young adults' spelling. The Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy.

Margolin, S.J., Driscoll, C. +, Toland, M.J. +, & Kegler, J.L. (2013). E-readers, computer screens, or paper: Does reading comprehension change across media platforms? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27, 512-519.

Margolin, S.J. (2013). Can bold typeface improve readers' comprehension and metacomprehension of negation? Reading Psychology, 34(1), 85-99.

Margolin, S.J., & Hover, P.A. (in press). Metacomprehension and negation: Assessing readers’ awareness of the difficulty of negated text. Reading Psychology.

Abrams, L., Farrell, M., & Margolin, S.J. (2010). Older adults' detection of misspellings during reading. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B, 680-683.

Desrochers, M.N., & Margolin, S.J. (2010). Factorial Design Tutorial. Society for the Teaching of  Psychology Resources.

Margolin, S.J., & Abrams, L. (2009). Not may not be too difficult: The effects of negation on older adults’ sentence comprehension. Educational Gerontology, 35, 308-322.

Margolin, S.J., & Abrams, L. (2007). Individual differences in spelling ability: Do good spellers age better than poor spellers? Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 14, 529-544.

Abrams, L., Trunk, D.L., & Margolin, S.J. (2007). Resolving tip-of-the-tongue states in young and older adults: The role of phonology. In L.O. Randal (Ed.), Aging and the Elderly: Psychology, Sociology, and Health (pp. 1-41). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc

Grants and Awards:


Margolin (2011-2012) Older adults’ comprehension and metacomprehension. Scholarly Incentive Award

Desrochers, M., Margolin, S., & Birch, S. (2008) Nelson-DennyTM Assessment, Funded by Dr. Fox’s Office of Assessment

Margolin, S., Birch, S., & Desrochers, M. N. (2008-2009) Computer-based training for improvement of student study skills in a peer mentoring program. Faculty/Staff Technology Support Initiative

Sigma-Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research Award (2005-2006)

Sigma-Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research Award (2004-2005)

1. Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship
2. E. Porter Horne Memorial Scholarship
3. Southern Gerontological Society Best Paper Award


Cognitive Processes
Sensation and Perception
Research Methods
Psychology of Aging
Principles of Psychology

Master's Thesis Supervision: Master’s Thesis: Spell Checker Dependency? The Impact on Spelling Recognition & Producing Correctly Spelled Words
CV: Sara J. Margolin