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


Acta Psychologica, 2014
Knoeferle, P., Urbach, T.P., Kutas, M., Different mechanisms for role relations versus verb-action congruence effects: Evidence from ERPs in picture-sentence verification

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

Neuropsychologia, 2014
DeLong, K.A., Quante, L., Kutas, M., Predictability, plausibility and two late ERP positivities during written sentence comprehension

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


Monday, Feb 2, 2015
Weekly Kutas lab meetings, 3-5pm, CSB 280: Discussion of Van Petten paper Examining the N400 semantic context effect item-by-item: Relationship to corpus-based measures of word co-occurrence.

Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015
CRL Talks, 4:00pm, CSB 280: David Perlmutter (Linguistics, UCSD) - On the Evolution of Combinatorial Phonological Structure within the Word: Sign Language Evidence

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