Morten H. Christiansen

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology

Research Focus

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

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