Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Professor SDSU Neuropsychology
Graduate Institution

New Mexico State University

Research Description

Dr. Holcomb’s research focuses on providing a better understanding of the cognitive and underlying neural mechanisms involved in language comprehension in healthy adults, children learning to read and cognitively impaired populations. He is also interested in questions of multi- and bilingual language processing. The primary question his lab is interested in is how language and other, possibly related, cognitive systems are organized and function in the human brain. His lab primarily uses event-related potentials (ERPs) but also magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG), to track the time course of language processes in the brain. His research has been funded continuously for the past 25 years by the NIH.

Representative Publications
  • Grainger, J. Lopez, D., Eddy, M. Dufau, S. & Holcomb, P.J. (2012). How word frequency modulates masked repetition priming: An ERP investigation. Psychophysiology.49, 604-616.

  • Daffner, K.D., Haring, A.E., Alperin, B.R., Zhuravleva, T.Y., Mott, K.K., & Holcomb, P.J. (2012). The impact of visual acuity on age-related differences in neural markers of early visual processing. NeuroImage, 67,127-136.

  • Midgley, K.J., Holcomb, P.J. & Grainger, J. (2011). Effects of cognate status on word comprehension in second language learners: An ERP investigation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 23, 1634-1647.


Jonathan Grainger / Katherine Midgley / Gina Kuperberg / Kirk Daffner / Marianna Eddy