Kutas Cognitive Electrophysiology Lab







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University of California
San Diego
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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


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

Psychophysiology, 2015
Smith, N.J., Kutas, M., Regression-based estimation of ERP waveforms: I. The rERP framework

NeuroImage, 2014
Amsel, B.D., Urbach, T.P., Kutas, M., Empirically grounding grounded cognition: The case of color



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


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