Morten H. Christiansen

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology; Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab; Codirector of the Cognitive Science Program
Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

228 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Morten H. Christiansen

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology; Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab; Codirector of the Cognitive Science Program
Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise
Evolution, acquisition and processing of language; chunking, learning and memory; statistical learning; computational models of language; corpus analyses; cognitive science of language; neuroimaging of language; genetics of language

Current Research Interest
Understanding the implications of the here-and-now nature of language for the acquisition and processing of first and second languages; the difficulty of learning and processing Danish for native speakers; statistical learning in human and nonhuman primates; understanding the role of arbitrariness in sound-meaning relationships; individual differences in language, memory and cognition; mathematical, computational, and experimental approaches to language evolution

Distinction
Cornell University Graduate and Professional Student Assembly's Faculty Teaching, Advising, and Mentorship Award
Cognitive Science Society Fellow
Danish Council for Independent Research Awardee
Association for Psychological Science Fellow
Psychonomic Society Fellow
British Psychological Society Cognitive Psychology Section Award

Selected Publications
Blasia, Damián E., Søren Wichmann, Harald Hammarström, Peter F. Stadler, and Morten H. Christiansen. “Sound–Meaning Association Biases Evidenced Across Thousands of Languages.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, no. 39 (2016): 10818-10823.

Christiansen, Morten H. and Nick Chater. Creating Language: Integrating Evolution, Acquisition and Processing. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2016.

Cornell Research Website Article
Creating Language