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Benjamin K. Bergen


Professor
Cognitive Science
U.C. San Diego
 
bkbergen@cogsci.ucsd.edu

 

News

Recent and upcoming press:
 

5/30/2014

Interview on ABC's Science Show
 

2/28/2014

Interviewed for an article in Wired
 

5/2/13

Interview on Morning Edition
 

4/17/13

Review in the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review
 

2/25/13

Interview on Brain Science Podcast
 

2/20/13

Interview with Zocalo Public Square
 

2/11/13

Interview on KPCC-FM
 

2/10/13

Talk for the Skeptic Society at Cal Tech
 

12/28/12

Excerpt in Scientific American
 

12/26/12

Interview on The Takeaway
 

12/11/12

New article by me in the Huffington Post
 

12/7/12

Interview in U.S. News and World Report
 

12/4/12

Review on Psychology Today
 

11/28/12

Interview on Think with Kris Boyd
 

11/24/12

Interview on Science Fantastic with Michio Kaku
 

11/19/12

Article in the Union-Tribune
 

11/17/12

Interview on For Your Ears Only
 

11/13/12

Book discussion/signing at Warwick's in La Jolla
 

11/5/12

Interview KSFR Santa Fe [Click 'On Demand' then 'Journey Home' then 'November 5', minutes 39:24-54:20]
 

11/5/12

Article in Psychology Today about our distracted driving research
 

11/1/12

Interview with Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk 106-108FM, Ireland [7:25-18:34]
 

11/1/12

Review in Nature
 

11/1/12

Feature in Psychology Today
 

10/30/12

Review in NewScientist
 

10/26/12

Review in BookKvetch
 

10/24/12

A piece about smut in the Huffington Post
 

10/20/12

Chapter excerpt on Salon.com
 

10/15/12

Review in Kirkus

Research

In the Language and Cognition Lab, we study meaning and the cognitive processes that underlie it; more specifically:

Language comprehension, especially how people use motor and perceptual simulation to understand words and sentences
 
Metaphorical language and thought, taking evidence from corpus and experimental research

How people use grammar to encode meaning, and how grammatical structures affect comprehension
 
How language causes driving distraction, and what we can do to mitigate its effects
 
What the meaningful units are inside words, with special interest in phonaesthemes


Teaching

COGS 200: Methods in Language Research
 
COGS 15: An (uncensored) introduction to language
 
COGS 101c: Language
 
COGS 238: Mental simulation and language comprehension
 
COGS 238 v.2 How embodied is metaphor?
 
COGS 153: Language comprehension