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

My primary areas of emphasis have been language, emotion, and schizophrenia, and I have a strong interest in data science and statistics. I am particularly interested in how the meaning of an utterance, particularly personally or emotionally significant meaning, is derived from the interface between word semantics, local and global context, and personal experience. Using ERP, MRI, and behavioral methodologies, I have explored how each of these three (the particulars of the person, the place, and the thing) contribute to the process of comprehension.


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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Lin Wang, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

I received my PhD in 2011 from the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, with the supervision of Peter Hagoort and Marcel Bastiaansen. Afterwards, I worked in the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing as an assistant professor from 2011-2013 and then as an associate professor. In 2015, I conducted post-doctoral research with Peter Hagoort and Ole Jensen in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University in the Netherlands. My research interest concerns the neural mechanisms underlying prediction, attention and emotion during language comprehension. Specifically, I am interested in: (1) Different levels of prediction in sentence processing, (2) The interaction between attention and emotion during language comprehension and (3) the influence of linguistic and non-linguistic factors on language comprehension. In current work, I will use MEG and fMRI techniques to study the coordination of language network under the generative hierarchical probabilistic framework.



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.


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.



Lena Warnke, B.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Lena graduated from New York University in 2016 with a BA in Linguistics and French and a minor in Psychology. At NYU, she worked in the Neuroscience of Language Lab under Dr. Alec Marantz, investigating phonological ambiguity resolution using MEG and behavioral methods. In the NeuroCognition Lab, Lena is involved in ERP and MEG projects and assists with the Cognitive Science graduate program at Tufts University.




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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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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
Eddie Wlotko, Ph.D. (2012-2016)
Nate Delaney-Busch, Ph.D. (2009-2016)
Bram Vandekerckhove, Ph.D. (2015-2016)
Martin Paczynski, Ph.D. (2005-2012)
Einat Shetreet, Ph.D. (2013-2015)
Neil Cohn, Ph.D. (2006-2012)
Kirsten Weber, Ph.D. (2012-2014)
Trevor Blackford, M.S. (2008-2011)
Hugh Rabagliati, Ph.D. (2010-2012)
Donna Kreher (2003 - 2006)
Ellen Lau, Ph.D. (2009-2012)
Mante S. Nieuwland, Ph.D. (2007 - 2009)
Spencer Lynn (2004 - 2005)
Jiro Ozawa (2001 - 2003)

Research Assistants and Technologists
Visiting Scholars
Connie Choi, B.A. (RA, 2014-2016)
Maria Luiza Cunha Lima, Ph.D. (2013-2014)
Ben Stillerman, B.S. (RA, 2013-2015)
Yumiao Gong, Ph.D. (2013)
Margarita Zeitlin, B.A. (RA, 2013-2015)
Eva Wittenberg, Ph.D. (2009-2014)
Candida Jane Maria Ustine, M.Eng.
(Research Tech, 2011-2014)
Suiping Wang, Ph.D. (2008 - 2009)
Kristina Fanucci, B.S. (RA, 2011-2013)
Sophie De Grauwe (2006 - 2007)
Scott Burns, M.S. (Research Tech, 2010-2011)
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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Simone Riley (2015-2016)
Senior Cognitive Science Project student
Barbara Storch (2015-2016)
Senior Cognitive Science Project student
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