Principle Investigator, Professor
Tamara Swaab (Ph.D.) is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Mind and Brain, and EIC for the journal Cognition (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/cognition). She directs the Laboratory for the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. Dr. Swaab received her Ph.D. degree from the Radboud University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (https://www.mpi.nl/) in the Netherlands. In 2021, she was named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for her contributions to the understanding of human language and cognition.
Together with her students and collaborators, she has established a research program that focuses on the cognitive and neural underpinnings of language comprehension in monolingual and (bimodal) bilingual young and older adults.In our research, we use multiple methods to gain a deep understanding of the psychological processes and brain mechanisms used to extract meaning from text and conversation, including eye-tracking (collaboratively), recording of brain electrical activity (EEG/ERPs), and a variety of behavioral measures. Our research program has been supported since 1997 by grants from the McDonnell-Pew Foundation, NSF, NIMH, and NIA.