Lynne Nygaard


Lynne Nygaard

Director, Center for Mind, Brain, & Culture
Professor of Psychology
(404) 727-0766

Lynne Nygaard is the Director of the CMBC and Professor of Psychology at Emory University.   She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Brown University in 1991. She was a NIH Postdoctoral Trainee in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University and joined the Emory faculty in 1995.

Her research examines the perceptual, cognitive, biological, and social underpinnings of human spoken communication.  In particular, her research assesses the perceptual and cognitive flexibility found in language users across cognitive and social contexts and the types of experience that promote or inhibit behavioral and neural plasticity.  Her laboratory uses a variety of methodologies including behavioral assays, eye tracking, linguistic and acoustic analyses, and neuroimaging.  

Dr. Nygaard has published over 50 research articles, reports, and chapters in journals ranging from Psychological Science to Brain and Language, Cognition, and Cognitive Science.  She is the editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Speech Perception, Second Edition (Wiley, 2018), with Jennifer Pardo, David Pisoni, and Robert Remez.  She has received grants from the National Institue on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and the National Eye Insitute (NEI).  In addition to serving as associate editor and on the editorial boards of several journals, she was elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2012. 

Dr. Nygaard’s Emory homepage is available here.