Mark S. Seidenberg

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Professor, Department of Psychology
(608) 263-2553


Ph.D. Columbia

Research Strength:

Perception and Movement

Research Description:

My research is concerned with basic questions about the nature of language and how it is acquired, used, and represented in the brain. It has two complementary parts. One part concerns reading, a particular use of language. My main interest is in how reading skill is acquired by children, and the causes of dyslexia (reading impairments). I am also committed to exploring how the science of reading can contribute to improved educational performance; as part of that effort I am studying the persistently low reading achievement of minority children, many of whom are from low-income backgrounds. In practice, my reading research involves behavioral and neuroimaging studies of children and adults, and the development of computational ("neural network") models of normal and disordered performance. The second part of my research concerns spoken language, particularly how it is acquired and the mechanisms underlying comprehension. I use the same theoretical principles and methods in studying both reading and language. In both cases we want to understand how the skill is acquired and its brain bases, using computational models as the interface between the two.


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