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


International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2014
Kemmer, L., Coulson, S., Kutas, M., Grammatical number agreement processing using the visual half-field paradigm: An event-related brain potential study

Language, 2013
Kwon, N., Kluender, R., Kutas, M., Polinsky, M., Subject/object processing asymmetries in Korean relative clauses: Evidence from ERP data

NeuroImage, 2013
Amsel, B.D., Urbach, T.P., Kutas, M., Alive and grasping: Stable and rapid semantic access to an object category but not object graspability

Neuropsychologia, 2013
Borovsky, A., Kutas, M., Elman, J., Getting it right: Word learning across the hemispheres



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

Discover Magazine, Dec 2012
Neil Cohn's research appears in the article The Brain: The Charlie Brown Effect


Thursday April 17, 2014
INC Chalk Talk Series, 12:30-1:30pm, San Diego Supercomputer Center, East Annex, South Wing, Level B1, EB-129: Thorsten O. Zander - Passive Brain-Computer Interfaces for Automated Adaptation and Implicit Control in Human-Computer Interaction

Friday April 18, 2014
COGS 200 Seminar - Modern Linquistic Relativity, 3:00-4:30pm, CSB 003: Lera Boroditsky

Monday April 21, 2014
Weekly Kutas lab meetings, 3:30-5:30pm, CSB 280: Meeting with Jernigan lab

Monday May 5, 2014
Cognitive Science Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series, 12:00-1:00pm, CSB 003: Lawrence Barsalou - Situating Emotion

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