M. Anne Britt

M. Anne Britt, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Phone: (815)753-7082
Fax: (815)753-8088
Office: PM 363


Ph.D.: University of Pittsburgh, 1991


Argument comprehension and production. Technology and literacy education. Integration of semantic information across multiple documents. Learning and reasoning from multiple documents.


  • Psyc 305 Research Methods
  • Psyc 345 Cognitive Psychology
  • Psyc 604 Advanced Statistics


  • Bråten, I., Strømsø, H.I., & Britt, M.A. (under review). Trust Matters: Examining the Role of Source Evaluation in Students’ Construction of Meaning Within and Across Multiple Texts.
  • Durik, A.M., Britt, M.A., Reynolds, R., & Storey, J.K. (Accepted for publication). The Effects of Hedges in Persuasive Arguments: A Nuanced Analysis of Language. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.
  • Larson, A.A., Britt, M. A., & Kurby, C. (Accepted for publication). Improving students’ evaluation of informal arguments. Journal of Experimental Education.
  • Britt, M. A., Kurby, C. A., Dandotkar, S., & Wolfe, C.R. (2008). I Agreed with What? Memory for Simple Argument Claims. Discourse Processes, 45(1), 52-84.
  • Wolfe, C.R. & Britt, M.A. (2008). The Locus of the Myside Bias in Written Argumentation. Thinking and Reasoning14(1), 1–27.
  • Magliano, J.P., Skowronski, J., Britt, M.A, Guss, D., & Forsythe, C. (2008). What Do You Want? How Perceivers Use Cues to Make Goal Inferences About Others. Cognition106, 594–632.
  • Britt, M.A., Wiemer-Hasting, P., Larson, A., & Perfetti, C.A. (In Press). Automated feedback on source citation in essay writing. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.
  • Larson, M., Britt, M.A., & Larson, A. (In Press). Disfluencies in comprehending argumentative texts. Reading Psychology.
  • Britt, M.A., & Gabrys, G. (2004). Collecting responses through Web page drag and drop. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 36(1), 52-68. Appendix for Collecting Responses through Web Page Drag and Drop
  • Sagarin, B. J., Britt, M. A., Wood, S., Heider, J., & Lynch, J. (2003). Bartering Our Attention: The Distraction and Persuasion Effects of On-Line Advertisements. Cognitive Technology, 8(3).
  • Britt, M.A. & Larson, A. (2003). Construction of argument representations during on-line reading.  Journal of Memory and Language, 48(4), 749-810.
  • Britt, M.A., & Aglinski, C. (2002). Improving student’s ability to use source information. Cognition and Instruction, 20(40), 485-522.


  • Acquiring Research Investigative and Evaluative Skills (ARIES) for Scientific Inquiry R305B070349 (2007-2011). U.S. Department of Education. PI: Keith Millis. Co-PI’s: M. Anne Britt, Katja Wiemer-Hastings, and Joe Magliano.
  • Creating a Usable Environment to Teach Argument Comprehension and Production SkillsR305H050133 (2005-2008). U.S. Department of Education. PI: M. Anne Britt. Co-PI’s Peter Wiemer-Hastings, Christopher R. Wolfe.
  • Improving students comprehension and construction of arguments R305H020039 (2002-2005). U.S. Department of Education. PI: M. Anne Britt. Co-PI’s Kimberly Lawler-Sagarin, Christopher R. Wolfe.