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    Dr William Marslen-Wilson

    University Position
    Emeritus Professor


    My research interests are in the cognitive science and neuroscience of language. I study the comprehension of human language in the mind and the brain using interdisciplinary neuroimaging and multivariate analysis techniques aimed at identifying the neural processing streams that support the immediate interpretation of spoken utterances and written words. My current research brings together neuroimaging (EMEG, fMRI), behavioural, and neuropsychological data from contrasting languages (such as Arabic, Russian, Chinese and English) to determine the specific properties of human language as a neuro-cognitive system, in its broader neurobiological and evolutionary context. A major new strand focuses on visual information processing systems supporting skilled reading, working chiefly in MEG source space using multivariate methods.

    Key Publications


    Neural dynamics of semantic composition.

    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 15 Oct 2019
    Authors: B Lyu, HS Choi, WD Marslen-Wilson, A Clarke, B Randall, LK Tyler