Kutas Cognitive Electrophysiology Lab







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University of California
San Diego
Main Campus
Cognitive Science Bldg
Room 105


Univ of Calif, San Diego
(addressee), Kutas Lab
Cognitive Science Dept
9500 Gilman Dr. # 0515
La Jolla CA 92093-0515

Welcome to the Kutas Lab!

Our broad research goal is to study how meaning is organized, accessed, and constructed in the brain. More specifically, we focus on understanding how context shapes language and memory processing. Our studies track these cognitive and neural processes in both healthy and clinical individuals across the adult lifespan. We do this primarily by assessing patterns of brainwaves recorded at the scalp as well as reaction times to various visual and auditory stimuli.

Areas of research

  • Making sense of (all sorts of) sensory inputs
  • Word, sentence and discourse processing
  • Prediction in language
  • Event knowledge in meaning construction
  • Aging and cognition
  • Novel word learning
  • Attention, language, and memory
  • Emotion, mood, and cognitive processing
  • Hemispheric contributions to language and memory processes
  • Using electric brain potentials to parse perception, cognition, and action


Neuropsychologia, 2018
Urgen, B., Kutas, M., Saygin, A., Uncanny valley as a window into predictive processing in the social brainn

Brain and Cognition, 2017
Cohn, N., Paczynski, M., Kutas, M., Not so secret agents: Event-related potentials to semantic roles in visual event comprehension

Commentary on Nieuwland et al (2017)
Delong, K.A., Urbach, T.P., Kutas, M., April 2017, Concerns with Nieuwland et al. (2017)

Cognitive Neuroscience, 2017
Amsel, B.D., Kutas, M., Coulson, S., Projectors, associators, visual imagery, and the time course of visual processing in grapheme-color synesthesia



CNS Annual Meeting, March 2015
Marta Kutas receives the 2015 Distinguished Career Contributions Award and gives her award lecture

BBC News, Oct 2014
Neil Cohn is featured in the article Are we hard-wired to doodle?

The Guardian, Nov 2013
Read about Neil Cohn, his research, and his upcoming book in How the visual language of comics could have its roots in the ice age


Monday, Feb 5, 2018
Kutas lab meetings, 3-5pm, CSB 280: Seana Coulson will lead discussion on Delogu, F., Drenhaus, H., & Crocker, M.W. (2017). On the predictability of event boundaries in discourse: An ERP investigation. Memory & Cognition, November, 2017

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018
CRL Talks, 4:00pm, CSB 280: Lynn Hou, UCSD

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