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Stibel Dennett Consortium for Brain and Cognitive Science

Ariel M. Goldberg

Assistant Professor

Ariel M. Goldberg

Ariel M. Goldberg

Assistant Professor

Phone 617-627-3525
Psychology Building, Room 114
490 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA

My research program focuses on understanding the cognitive processes that underlie spoken and written language production. Of primary interest to me are the processes involved in producing morphologically complex words, specifically the interplay of lexical and grammatical processes and the ways in which morphological structure affects phonological form. To address these issues I utilize several methodologies from cognitive science including phonology and phonetics, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuropsychology and computational simulation. This approach allows me to pursue these questions in a problem-centered, interdisciplinary manner.

Some of the questions I ask are:

Spoken Production

  • How are multimorphemic words such as compounds stored in long term memory, what factors influence the way they are represented, and what implications do these different representations have for phonological production?
  • How do performance factors such as the speed of lexical retrieval and cascading activation influence the outcome of grammatical phonological processes?
  • How is information from various processing streams (whole word vs. compositional routes in morphology; lexical and sub-lexical routes in reading) integrated?

Written Production

  • How is serial order -the process by which each letter in a word is produced in the proper order- achieved in spelling?
  • What is the structure of orthographic representations?
  • What statistical knowledge do we have of the way letters may combine in a language?
  • How does morphological structure influence spelling?
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2010

Psychology of Language, Linguistics

Selected Publications and Presentations: 

Goldberg, A.M., & Rapp, B. (2008). Is compound chaining the serial order mechanism of spelling? A simple recurrent network investigation. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25(2), 218-255.

Landau, B., Dessalegn, B., & Goldberg, A.M. (in press) Language and space: Momentary interactions. To appear in P. Chilton and V. Evans (Eds.), Language, cognition and space: The state of the art and new directions. Advances in Cognitive Linguistics Series. London: Equinox.

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