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Morten H. Christiansen

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology


  • Psychology

Graduate Fields

  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Information Science


My research focuses on the interaction of biological and environmental constraints in the evolution, acquisition and processing of language. I employ a variety of methodologies, including computational modeling, corpus analyses, statistical learning, psycholinguistic experiments, and neuroimaging.

Current projects include:

  • The role of chunking in memory, language, and statistical learning
  • The role of multiword chunks as building blocks for first and second language learning
  • The difficulty of learning and using Danish as a first language
  • Individual differences in language, statistical learning, and reading
  • Multiple-cue integration in language acquisition
  • Computational and experimental approaches to the cultural evolution of language


Fall 2021


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