• PhD, New Mexico State University, United States, 1984


Phillip J Holcomb, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University where he co-directs the NeuroCognition Laboratory with his colleague Dr. Gina Kuperberg. Dr. Holcomb received his PhD in 1984 from New Mexico State University, in Las Cruses, NM. He then did a post-doc at UCSD and the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA with Dr. Helen Neville. He has been at Tufts since 1988. Dr. Holcomb's primary research interests are in how the brain represents and processes language during reading and listening to speech both in ones native language and when learning a new second language. In a related vein he is also interested in how the brain recognizes visually encountered objects. The primary measure used in the lab for studying language and picture comprehension is the event-related brain potential (ERP) technique, although along with Dr. Kuperberg at MGH he also does some work with fMRI. More details > Interested Graduate and Undergraduate students can review the research and projects in the NeuroCognition Lab. If you find this line of research interesting you should contact Dr. Holcomb or Dr. Kuperberg.