Mission Statement

Dr Burgess retired July 2021. He will maintain lab facilities for the 2021-2022 year, he is not accepting graduate students. He is still involved in research with former students and colleagues. That said ...

The focus of our research is how meaning is acquired, represented, and used during language comprehension. Research in the lab encompasses basic word recognition, categorization, syntactic processing, and sentence and discourse comprehension. We employ computational, neuropsychological, and psycholinguistic methodologies to pursue these questions.

Most of our research involves the Hyperspace Analogue to Language (HAL) model of memory that was developed in our lab. Our research and development along with the LSA group spawned a new field of statistical models of language and memory and distributional semantics. Our research with this model has spanned a broad range of cognitive phenomena. Recent work has turned to the application of the model to information retrieval in large databases, political analysis, animal communication, and simulating memory in mental disorders.

The lab has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Science Foundation, the United States Army, and the Digital Media Innovation Program (DiMI). Abstracts and reprints of our research are available from the reprint link. Thank you for your interest!
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