@ Martinos Center and Tufts University

Principal Investigator: Gina R. Kuperberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, Tufts University and Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. Kuperberg's lab is based across two sites: Tufts University where we conduct our ERP studies, and Mass. General Hospital Martinos Center where we carry out our functional MRI and MEG studies. At Tufts, Dr. Kuperberg shares a joined ERP lab with Dr. Phillip Holcomb – the NeuroCognition lab. Dr. Holcomb's current focus of interest is on the perceptual and cognitive processes involved in visual word comprehension and bilingualism. For more information about Dr. Holcomb's side of the lab, see http://neurocog.psy.tufts.edu/default.htm.

Post-docs | Graduate Students | Research Coordinators | Consultants | Undergraduates | Collaborators | Alumni

Principal Investigator

Gina R Kuperberg, M.D. Ph.D., Professor, Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Dept. Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Gina R Kuperberg, MD PhD, is a Cognitive Neuroscientist and a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Cognitive Science Center at Tufts University, Boston. She is also a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Principal Investigator in the Psychiatry Neuroscience Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her research program aims to understand the neurocognitive mechanisms by which the human brain builds meaning from language, and how these mechanisms break down in neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia... Read more



Post-docs and Fellows

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Eddie Wlotko, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Dept. Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

My research probes the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support building meaning from everyday language use. I use electro-magnetic and optical brain imaging techniques to elucidate the differential contributions of the two cerebral hemispheres to comprehending sentences. Recent work focuses on how hemispheric modes of comprehension are dynamically implemented in the young adult brain dependent on situational context or differing language goals and outcomes, and how this flexibility shifts with normal healthy aging. Current research will examine this type of malleability of language mechanisms in schizophrenia patients to simultaneously gain insight into the basis of disrupted language use in schizophrenia and to inform and refine models of typical language processing.


Meredith Brown, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Dept. Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

I am interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie rapid, probabilistic, and flexible effects of linguistic context on the dynamics of spoken language understanding. My doctoral research at the University of Rochester used eye-tracking and other behavioral methods to investigate how sentence prosody (the pitch and rhythm of speech) and other contextual factors influence listeners' inferences about speakers' intentions and their expectations about how upcoming speech will be realized in context. In current work I plan to use neurophysiological techniques to probe the mechanisms supporting contextual modulation of speech perception and examine how these mechanisms break down in neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. schizophrenia).

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Bram Vandekerckhove, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

Bram Vandekerckhove's research interests include computational models of (psycho-)linguistic processes at the syntax-semantics interface, corpus linguistics, and distributional semantics. He graduated from the University of Antwerp in Belgium with a PhD in linguistics, under the supervision of Dominiek Sandra and Walter Daelemans. In his PhD research, he used neuro- and psycholinguistic data to train similarity-based models of semantic role plausibility and prenominal adjective order preferences. After graduation, he worked with Kate Nation, Stephen Pulman and Victoria Murphy at the University of Oxford to study the influence of experience with written language on the acquisition of lexical knowledge in reading development. In the NeuroCognition Lab, Bram is working with Gina Kuperberg on ERP research into the nature of categorical abstraction during combinatory language processing. His work is funded by a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation.


Nate Delaney-Busch, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University


Emily Morgan, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

To know a language is to use one's past linguistic experience to form expectations about future linguistic experience. This process is mediated by both speakers' stored representations of their previous experience, and the online procedures used to process new stimuli in light of those representations. My research thus asks what the form of these representations is, and how the language processing system integrates these stored representations with incoming stimuli to form online expectations during language comprehension. For example, when one encounters a highly frequent phrase such as "bread and butter", is this phrase represented and processed holistically as a single unit, or compositionally as a conjunction of nouns? Is the form of this representation influenced by the frequency of the expression (compared to a less frequent expression like "facts and techniques") or its frozenness in a given order (compared to a more flexible expression like "boys and girls"/"girls and boys")? To answer these questions, I combine experimental psycho- and neurolinguistic methods, such as eye-tracking and ERPs, with probabilistic computational modeling.

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Graduate Students

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Eric Fields, M.S., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

I have broad interests in social psychology, cognitive science, and (social and cognitive) neuroscience. My current work primarily explores how event-related potentials (ERP) and paradigms from psycholinguistics can be used to explore social knowledge, social cognition, and the processing of emotional information.

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Allison Fogel, B.S., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

I graduated from Tufts in 2012 with a B.S. in biopsychology and music. I then spent a year as a research assistant for Dr. Ellen Lau at the University of Maryland, working on ERP, MEG, and fMRI studies of language processing. My current research with Dr. Kuperberg and Dr. Ani Patel focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of music and language.

Edward (Ted) Alexander, B.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

Ted's research interests include the development of effective reading strategies, violations of expectations, and multimodal perception. He graduated from Hampshire College with a Concentration in Cognitive Science, working with Dr. Joanna Morris to study the effects of typeface on word perception. After graduation, he worked with Dr. William Graves at Rutgers on a project studying neural correlates of language deficits in aphasia. In the NeuroCognition Lab, Ted is working with Dr. Kuperberg and Dr. Einat Shetreet to examine the roles of factives and negation in sentence-level prediction.



Research Coordinators

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Arim Choi Perrachione, M.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Arim graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with a B.A. in linguistics and psychology and a M.A. in linguistics. She worked as a research assistant from 2007-2009 in Dr. Kuperberg's lab, investigating ERPs to a variety of syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic language phenomena. Arim also worked as a technical assistant in the Gabrieli Laboratory at MIT (2012-2013), exploring the effects of motivation and reward on adolescent learning using EEG.


Connie Tang Choi, B.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Connie graduated from University of California, Davis in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology. She was a research assistant in Dr. Steve Luck's Laboratory for Basic and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, where she worked on projects involving attention, working memory, and the use of ERP methods. She also worked as a research assistant in Dr. Laura Cartsensen's Life-span Development Lab and Dr. Alison Ledgerwood's Attitudes and Group Identity Lab. In 2014, she conducted her own research project with Dr. Debra Long on individual differences in reading comprehension. As a research assistant in the Kuperberg lab, she helps out with both ERP and fMRI projects, as well as assisting with the Cognitive Science graduate program at Tufts University.

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Minjae Kim, B.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Minjae graduated from Swarthmore College in 2015 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. At Swarthmore, she completed a thesis project under Dr. Dan Grodner examining speaker modeling in pragmatic inferencing. She was also a research assistant in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, where she worked with Dr. Les Sikos and Dr. Dan Grodner on ERP studies exploring the neural signatures of pragmatic implicature. In the NeuroCognition Lab, Minjae is helping out with ERP and fMRI projects.




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Tali Ditman, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Dr. Tali Ditman received her BA and MA from Binghamton University and her PhD from Tufts University under the guidance of Drs. Phillip Holcomb and Gina Kuperberg. Her dissertation work, which was partially supported by an APA Dissertation Research Award, used EEG/ERPs to examine the interaction between lexico-semantic and discourse influences in tracking temporal, spatial, causal, and referential information during discourse comprehension. She is now a post-doctoral Research Fellow with Dr. Kuperberg, and explores discourse-level language comprehension in healthy adults as well as patients with schizophrenia using ERPs, fMRI, and behavioral methodologies. Her work is partially supported by an Advanced Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Award from MGH and a NARSAD Young Investigator's Award.



Undergraduates: Honors Thesis and Senior Project Students

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Simone Riley (2015-2016)
         Senior Project in Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Barbara Storch (2015-2016)
         Senior Project in Cognitive and Brain Sciences



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Phillip Holcomb, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University
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David Caplan, M.D. Ph.D., Dept. Neurology, Mass. General Hospital
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Don Goff, M.D., Dept. Psychiatry, Mass. General Hospital
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Daphne Holt, M.D. Ph.D., Dept. Psychiatry, Mass. General Hospital
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Tatiana Sitnikova, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital
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Ray Jackendoff, Ph.D., Dept. Philosophy and Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University
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Ted Gibson, Ph.D., Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Jesse Snedeker, Ph.D, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University
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Joshua Hartshorne, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, Boston College
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T. Florian Jaeger, Ph.D., Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Dept. of Computer Science, University of Rochester
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Postdoctoral Fellows
Graduate Students
Einat Shetreet Ph.D. (2013-2015)
Nate Delaney-Busch, Ph.D. (2009-2016)
Kirsten Weber, Ph.D. (2012-2014)
Martin Paczynski, Ph.D. (2005-2012)
Hugh Rabagliati, Ph.D. (2010-2012)
Neil Cohn, Ph.D. (2006-2012)
Ellen Lau, Ph.D. (2009-2012)
Trevor Blackford, M.S. (2008-2011)
Mante S. Nieuwland, Ph.D. (2007 - 2009)
Donna Kreher (2003 - 2006)
Spencer Lynn (2004 - 2005)
Jiro Ozawa (2001 - 2003)

Research Assistants and Technologists
Visiting Scholars
Ben Stillerman, B.S. (RA, 2013-2015)
Maria Luiza Cunha Lima, Ph.D. (2013-2014)
Margarita Zeitlin, B.A. (RA, 2013-2015)
Yumiao Gong, Ph.D. (2013)
Candida Jane Maria Ustine, M.Eng.
(Research Tech, 2011-2014)
Eva Wittenberg, Ph.D. (2009-2014)
Kristina Fanucci, B.S. (RA, 2011-2013)
Suiping Wang, Ph.D. (2008 - 2009)
Scott Burns, M.S. (Research Tech, 2010-2011)
Sophie De Grauwe (2006 - 2007)
Abigail Swain (RA, 2007 - 2009)
Balaji Lakshmanan (Research Tech, 2005 - 2007)
Kaila Norman (Clinical RA, 2005 - 2006)
Karin Blais (RA, 2003 - 2005)
Daya Gulabani (RA, 2004 - 2005)
Christine Portal (Clinical RA, 2003 - 2005)
Jordana Cotton (RA, 2002 - 2004)
Marianna Eddy (RA, 2001 - 2003)


Undergraduate Alumni

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Arjun Dutta (2014-2015)
Senior Cognitive Science Project student
Merilla Michael (Summer 2014, Summer 2015)
Alaina Baker (Spring 2015)
Carl Haber (Fall 2015)
Skye Lewis (2014)
Matt O'Conor (2013-2014)
Annie Choong * (2013-2014)
Elena Albanese (2015)
Chelsey Ott * (2011-2014)
Senior Honors Thesis student
Meredith Collins (2013-2014)
Senior Cognitive Science Project student
Nick Caggiano (2013-2014)
Deepa Patil (2012-2013)
Sarah Diaz (2013-2014)
Senior Cognitive Science Project student
Jennifer Kurzrok (2013-2014)
Tzeidel Eichenberg (2013-2014)
Sarah Armstrong (2012-2013)
Emily O'Carroll (2012-2013)
Philip Teves (2011-2013)
Senior Cognitive Science Project student
Rohan Natraj (2011-2012)
Rohan Rao (2012)
Paul Mains (Summer 2012)
Erich Tusch (2011-2012)
Camila Carneiro de Lima (2011-2012)
Patrick Bender (2011-2012)
Gianna Wilkie (2008-2012)
Dan Kim (2010-2011)
Liam Clegg (2008-2011)
Wonja Fairbrother * (2009-2011)
Senior Honors Thesis student
Vivian Haime (2009-2011)
Sorabh Kothari (2010-2011)
Sarah Cleary (2007-2010)
Alexandra Rodman * (2008-2010)
Senior Honors Thesis student
Alexis Cook (2009-2010)
Senior Cognitive Science Project student
* = Tufts Summer Scholar