James Magnuson

Degree: Ph.D. Brain & Cognitive Sciences, 2001, University of Rochester
Webpages: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab (CCNLL)

IGERT training program in Neurobiology of Language

Research Interests: My research interests include: Neurobiology of language; speech perception; spoken word recognition; sentence processing; reading; language development; developmental and acquired disorders of language; computational models as theory-building tools; developing comprehensive understanding of language plasticity over the lifespan from cognitive, neural and genetic perspectives through interdisciplinary collaborations.
Research Synopsis: Current research projects in the CCNLL include:

Developing a unified phonological and semantic computational model of spoken word recognition using network science (with PhD student Rachael Steiner)

Neural and behavioral bases of prosody processing in Specific Language Impairment (with PhD students Liz Simmons and Monica Li)

Time course of phonological competition in spoken word recognition from toddlers to adults (with PhD student Liz Simmons)

Time course predictors from spoken word recognition of individual differences in low-literacy readers (with PhD student Monica Li)

Courses: Undergraduate

Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 2501)


Foundations in Language Plasticity (rapid introductions to Cognitive Psychology, Computational Modeling, Neuroscience, and Genetics)

Cognitive Psychology

Time course methods (EEG, eye tracking)

The Mental Lexicon (spoiler alert: we discover Dr. Magnuson denies the existence of a mental lexicon)

Recent publications: (Selected. *Indicates a graduate student. Full publication list with PDF links here.)

*Kornilov, S.A., Rakhlin, N., Koposov, R., Lee, M., Yrigollen, C., Caglayan, A., Magnuson, J.S., Mane, S., Chang, J., & Grigorenko, E.L. (2016). Genome-wide association and exome sequencing study of language disorder in an isolated population. Pediatrics, 137(4), e20152469. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-2469

*Collisson, B. A., Grela, B., Spaulding, T., Rueckl, J. G., & Magnuson, J. S. (2015). Individual differences in the shape bias in preschool children with Specific Language Impairment and typical language development: Theoretical and clinical implications. Developmental Science, 18:3, 373-388.

*Kornilov, S. A., Magnuson, J. S., Rakhlin, N., Landi, N., & Grigorenko, E. L. (2015). Lexical processing deficits in children with Developmental Language Disorder: An event-related potentials study. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 459-476.

Magnuson, J. S. (2015). Phoneme restoration and empirical coverage of interactive activation and adaptive resonance models of human speech processing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(3), 1481-1492. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4904543.

*Kornilov, S.A., Landi, N., Rakhlin, N., *Fang, S.-Y., Grigorenko, E.L., & Magnuson, J.S. (2014). Attentional but not Pre-Attentive Neural Measures of Auditory Discrimination are Atypical in Children with Developmental Language Disorder. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39(7), 543-567. doi:10.1080/87565641.2014.960964

*Viswanathan, N., Magnuson, J. S., & Fowler, C. (2014). Information for coarticulation: Static signal properties or formant dynamics? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 40(3), 1228-1236.

*Viswanathan, N., Magnuson, J. S., & Fowler, C. A. (2013). Similar response patterns do not imply identical origins: An energetic masking account of nonspeech effects in compensation for coarticulation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 39(4), 1181-1192.

Hannagan, T., Magnuson, J. S. & Grainger, J. (2013). Spoken word recognition without a TRACE. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:563. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00563.

Additional Representative Publications: (Selected. Full publication list with PDF links here.)

Mirman, D., Yee, E., Blumstein, S., & Magnuson, J.S. (2011). Theories of spoken word recognition deficits in aphasia: Evidence from eye-tracking and computational modeling. Brain & Language, 117, 53-68.

Kukona, A., Fang, S., Aicher, K. A., Chen, H., & Magnuson, J. S. (2011). The time course of anticipatory constraint integration. Cognition, 119, 23-42.

Mirman, D., Graf Estes, K., & Magnuson, J.S. (2010). Computational modeling of statistical learning: Effects of transitional probability versus frequency and links to word learning. Infancy, 15, 471-486.

Magnuson, J.S., Tanenhaus, M.K., & Aslin, R.N. (2008). Immediate effects of form-class constraints on spoken word recognition. Cognition, 108(3), 866-873.

Mirman, D., Dixon, J. A., & Magnuson, J. S. (2008). Statistical and computational models of the visual world paradigm: Growth curves and individual differences.Journal of Memory & Language, 59(4), 475-494.

Mirman, D. & Magnuson, J.S. (2008). Attractor dynamics and semantic neighborhood density: Processing is slowed by near neighbors and speeded by distant neighbors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 34, 65-79.

Magnuson, J. S., Dixon, J., Tanenhaus, M. K., & Aslin, R. N. (2007). The dynamics of lexical competition during spoken word recognition. Cognitive Science, 31, 133-156.

Magnuson, J. S., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2007). Acoustic differences, listener expectations, and the perceptual accommodation of talker variability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33, 391-409.

Strauss, T. J., Harris, H. D., & Magnuson, J. S. (2007). jTRACE : A reimplementation and extension of the TRACE model of speech perception and spoken word recognition. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 19-30.

Magnuson, J. S., Tanenhaus, M. K., Aslin, R. N., and Dahan, D. (2003). The time course of spoken word recognition and learning: Studies with artificial lexicons.Journal of Experimental Psychology:General, 132(2), 202-227.

Allopenna, P. D., Magnuson, J. S., and Tanenhaus, M. K. (1998). Tracking the time course of spoken word recognition using eye movements: Evidence for continuous mapping models. Journal of Memory and Language, 38, 419-439.

Other: I am the PI of the CCNLL, PI of an NSF-funded IGERT training program (Language Plasticity: Genes, Brain, Cognition, Computation), Associate Director of the CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS), co-director of the Cognitive Science Shared Electrophysiology Resource Lab (CSSERL, pronounced /sis^rl/), a Professor in the UConn Department of Psychological Sciences in the Language & Cognition PhD program within the Perception-Action-Cognition division.

My CV is at this link.