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


Brain Research, In Press
Barkley, C., Kluender, R., Kutas, M., Referential processing in the human brain: An event-related brain potential (ERP) study

Neuropsychologia, 2015
Cohn, N., Kutas, M., Getting a cue before getting a clue: Event-related potentials to inference in visual narrative comprehension

Journal of Memory and Language, 2015
Urbach, T.P., DeLong, K.D., Kutas, M., Quantifiers are incrementally interpreted in context, more than less

Journal of Memory and Language, 2015
Amsel, B.D., DeLong, K.D., Kutas, M., Close, but no garlic: Perceptuomotor and event knowledge activation during language comprehension

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2015
Forgács, B., Bardolph, M.D., Amsel, B.D., DeLong, K.A., Kutas, M., Metaphors are physical and abstract: ERPs to metaphorically modified nouns resemble ERPs to abstract language



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


Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015
CRL Talks, 4:00pm, CSB 280: Davy Temperley (Music Theory, Eastman School of Music) - Repetition and information flow in music and language

Monday, Oct 12, 2015
Weekly Kutas lab meetings, 3-5pm, CSB 280: Discussion about prediction

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