Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab



    Lee Osterhout, Principal Investigator


    Department of Psychology and the

    Graduate Program in Neuroscience

    University of Washington

    Seattle, WA 98195


    On campus: Guthrie 225

    Office email:






Congratulations to Alison Mehravari for successfully defending her dissertation research!


And welcome to Margarita Zeitlin, who joins our lab as a doctoral student





Our Mission

Human language seems to be uniquely human and is profoundly important to our species.  The mission of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language lab is to learn more about the cognitive and neurophysiological underpinnings of human language. We are specifically interested in the neurocognition of language comprehension in fluent native speakers and in adult second language learners.  Our primary method involves recording event-related brain potentials (ERPs) from the scalp while a person reads or listens to language.  We also use the University of Washington's new, state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities for structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)  studies.   


Our lab has received generous funding from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health, and is currently funded by research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health..


We presented some of our research at the 2014 Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference in Amsterdam. Click on the links below to access our posters describing this work:


    - Brain-based individual difference measures of reading skill in deaf adults

    - Morphological triggers and the P600: ERP evidence for morphological expectations

    - How gender, handedness, and L1 processing strategy influence L2 grammatical processing


Our Research In the News

Second-language learning

Literacy in deaf individuals

Brain responses to language-encoded social stereotypes


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