Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University

Vera Tobin studies connections between cognition, language and narrative, with a special interest in cognitive bias and how people think about other minds. Her 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.

She is the author of "Elements of Surprise: Our Mental Limits and the Satisfactions of Plot" (2018, Harvard University Press) and has also written on topics including presupposition, irony, ‘Sherlockians,’ joint attention as an element of modernist style, and continuity editing in film.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University