Morten H. Christiansen

Professor; Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab; Co-director of the Cognitive Science Program
Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

228 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Morten H. Christiansen

Professor; Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab; Co-director 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 Interests
Understanding the implications for language acquisition and processing given the here-and-now nature of language; the difficulty of learning Danish as a first language; statistical learning in humans and nonhuman primates; understanding the role of arbitrariness in sound-meaning relationships; individual differences in language and cognition; mathematical, computational, and experimental approaches to language evolution

Distinction
Danish Council for Independent Research Awardee
Association for Psychological Science Fellow
Psychonomic Society Fellow
British Psychological Society Cognitive Psychology Section Award
Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Iowa
Nijmegen Lectures, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
American Council of Learned Societies, Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellow
University of Copenhagen Silver Medal in Psychology

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