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Sara Peters

Sara Peters

Associate Professor of Psychology | Faculty Council Chair

Office: LMC: 207

Office Phone: 803.321.5242


Department: Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Ph.D. | Experimental/Quantitative Psychology, University of South Carolina (2013)

M.A. | Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina (2010)

B.A. | Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina (2006)


Sara Peters received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a Quantitative Area of Emphasis from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Her early work focused on cognition and language processing, and her dissertation work focused on the processing of sarcasm in spoken language.


She currently has two areas of active research, one examining the individual differences involved in the processing of sarcastic text and speech, and the second looking at the persistence of Secondary Education STEM teachers in the field.


Before joining the Newberry College faculty, she taught as adjunct faculty at several schools. She is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina in addition to her position at Newberry College.


Dr. Peters has presented at regional and national conferences, and has given workshops in the application of quantitative techniques by psychologists and linguists. She was awarded the Boyd Professorship for Teaching Excellence by Newberry College in 2018. 


Selected Publications

Peters, S. (2018, March 8). Why is sarcasm so difficult to detect in text and emails? The Conversation (blog, edited).


Peters, S. & Almor, A. (2016). Creating the Sound of Sarcasm. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 1-10. Online before Print doi: 10.1177/0261927X16653640.


Peters, S., Boiteau, T. W., & Almor, A. (2016). Semantic relations cause interference in spoken language comprehension when using repeated definite references, not pronouns. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Science, 7(214), 1-20. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00214


Peters, S., Wilson, K., Boiteau, T. W., Gelormini-Lezama, C., & Almor, A. (2016). Do you hear it now? A native advantage for sarcasm processing. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19(2) 400-414. doi: 10.1017/S1366728915000048

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