Ellen Lau

I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland and Co-Director of the KIT-Maryland MEG Lab. I also serve on the faculty of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program and the Maryland Language Science Center–home to one of the largest and most vibrant groups of language scientists in the world!

My research aims to┬álink what we know about language to what we know about the brain, with the goal of developing better models of language processing, representation, and the underlying neural implementation. I use a wide range of techniques towards this end, including ERPs, MEG, and fMRI. I’m broadly interested in lexical/conceptual access and semantic/syntactic/discourse structure building, and a large strand of my work examines how readers and listeners use their knowledge of the language to access and construct these representations predictively.