Welcome to Language & Cognition at UConn

  • Photo of Charles Davis with a group of E.O. Smith students

The Language and Cognition Program is accepting applications for PhD students to begin in Fall, 2022. Deadline for application: Dec 1, 2021. Click here for details.

Research in the program touches on several major themes:

  • Language processing in typical and disordered populations (Myers, Magnuson, Rueckl, Altmann, Tabor, Pugh, Yee, Hancock, Hoeft)
  • Cognitive modeling (Rueckl, Magnuson, Tabor, Altmann, Brodbeck, Hancock, Hoeft)
  • Dynamical systems approaches to language and cognition (Tabor)
  • Neurobiology of language and cognition (Myers, Yee, Magnuson, Rueckl, Pugh, Altmann, Hancock, Hoeft)
  • Semantic memory and concept formation (Yee, Altmann)
  • Event Cognition (Altmann)
  • Reading and reading disorders (Pugh, Magnuson, Rueckl, Hancock, Hoeft)
  • Sentence processing (Hancock, Altmann, Tabor)
  • Speech processing (Brodbeck, Magnuson, Myers)

The Language & Cognition group is a part of the Perception and Action division. We have a strong track-record in interdisciplinary research with work spanning from theory and computational modeling to empirical cognitive and neuroscience research.

Our group is a core member of three interdisciplinary graduate training programs: the Neurobiology of Language program (launched with NSF IGERT funding), Science of Learning and Art of Communication (funding by an NSF NRT training grant), and Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication (funded by an NIH pre- and postdoctoral training grant).

We have strong collaborative links to researchers outside of UConn as well as our colleagues in Linguistics, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the Developmental and Behavioral Neuroscience divisions in the Department of Psychology, Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, Educational Psychology, UConn Health, the School of Medicine, the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action (CESPA), the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) and the Cognitive Science program at the University of Connecticut. In addition, Haskins Laboratories, an internationally renowned interdisciplinary research facility located nearby in New Haven, provides a stimulating environment for research and training.

Facilities include state-of-the-art MRI, high-density EEG, and TMS at UConn’s Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC), tDCS, EEG and eye-tracking at the Cognitive Sciences Shared Electrophysiology Resource Laboratory (CSSERL), as well as several other eye-trackers and other behavioral techniques available in individual PI’s labs, as well as access to computing clusters, lab space, and a dynamic program of colloquia, internal talk series and interest groups.

Photo of L&C Brain

Events and Announcements

Upcoming Language and Cognition Brownbags:

Fall 2021 talks are being held via Zoom.

Time: 3:30-4:30 pm, Tuesdays.  Schedule here.