Research & Publications


  • Crosstalk between semantic and episodic memory during sentence processing (Ekves)
  • fMRI evidence for hippocampal involvement in object state representation during sentence comprehension (Ekves)
  • Anticipatory eye movements and state representation during sentence processing (Krass)
  • fMRI evidence for simultaneous activation of alternative state representations (Krass)
  • Electrophysiological correlates of state representation (Prystauka)
  • Cross-linguistic representation of object state (Prystauka)
  • Event-plausibility and scene constraints (Joergensen)
  • The time-course of the dynamic mapping between language and object state representations (Joergensen)    



  • fMRI
  • Eye-tracking (in-scanner and out)
  • EEG (in-scanner and out)






Subject to copyright, many of these papers may be viewed here

  • Staudte, M., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2016). Recalling what was where when seeing nothing there. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. In press. DOI 10.3758/s13423-016-1104-8
  • Dumitru, M. L., & Joergensen, G. H. (2016). Gestalt reasoning with conjunctions and disjunctions. PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0151774
  • Solomon, S. H., Hindy, N. C., Altmann, G. T., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2015). Competition between mutually exclusive object states in event comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 27(12), 2324-2338.
  • Hindy, N. C., Solomon, S. H., Altmann, G. T., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2015). A cortical network for the encoding of object change. Cerebral Cortex, 25(4), 884-894.
  • Dumitru, M. L., & Joergensen, G. H. (2015). Effects of word-evoked object size on numerosity estimations. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:876. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00876.
  • Dumitru, M. L., & Joergensen, G. H. (2015). Similarity judgments of same-category object representations: Effects of physical size, manipulability, and word frequency. Visual Cognition. DOI: 10.1080/13506285.2015.1093242
  • Kukona, A., Altmann, G.T.M., & Kamide, Y. (2014). Knowing what, where, and when: Event comprehension in language processing. Cognition, 131, 25-31.
  • Trenkij, D., Mirkovic, J., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2013). Real-time grammar processing by native and non-native speakers: Constructions unique to the second language. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.  doi:10.1017/S1366728913000321.
  • Dumitru, M.L., Joergensen, G.H., Cruickshank, A.G., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2013). Language-guided visual processing affects reasoning: The role of referential and spatial anchoring. Consciousness and Cognition, 22 (2), 562-571.
  • Hindy, N.C., Altmann, G.T.M., Kalenik, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2012). The effect of object state-changes on event processing: Do objects compete with themselves? Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (17), 5795-5803.
  • Salverda, A.P. & Altmann, G.T.M. (2011). Attentional capture of objects referred to by spoken language. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 37, 1122-1133.
  • Huettig, F., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2011). Looking at anything that is green when hearing ‘frog’ – How object surface colour and stored object colour knowledge influence language-mediated overt attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64(1), 122–145.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. (2011). Language can mediate eye movement control within 100 milliseconds, regardless of whether there is anything to move the eyes to. Acta Psychologica, 137, 190-200.
  • Weighall, A. & Altmann, G.T.M. (2011). The role of working memory and contextual constraints in children’s processing of relative clauses. Journal of Child Language. 38, 579-605.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. (2010). Why emergentist accounts of cognition are more theoretically constraining than structured probability accounts. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14, 340.
  • Richardson, D.C., Altmann, G.T.M., Spivey, M. J., & Hoover, M.A. (2009). Much ado about eye movements to nothing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 235-236.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. and Mirkovic, J. (2009). Incrementality and prediction in human sentence processing. Cognitive Science, 33, 583-609.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. and Kamide, Y. (2009). Discourse-mediation of the mapping between language and the visual world: eye-movements and mental representation. Cognition, 111, 55-71.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. and Kamide, Y. (2007). The real-time mediation of visual attention by language and world knowledge: Linking anticipatory (and other) eye movements to linguistic processing. Journal of Memory and Language, 57, 502-518.
  • Huettig, F., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2007). Visual-shape competition and the control of eye fixation during the processing of unambiguous and ambiguous words. Visual Cognition, 15(8), 985-1018.
  • Huettig, F., Quinlan, P., McDonald, S., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2006). Models of high-dimensional semantic space predict language-mediated eye movements in the visual world. Acta Psychologica, 121, 65-80.
  • Huettig, F., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2005). Word meaning and the control of eye fixation: Semantic competitor effects and the visual world paradigm. Cognition, 96(1), 23–32.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. (2004) Language-mediated eye movements in the absence of a visual world: The ‘blank screen paradigm’. Cognition. 93, 79–87.
  • Nation, K., Marshall, C., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2003) Investigating individual differences in children’s real-time sentence comprehension using language-mediated eye movements. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.86, 314-329.
  • Kamide, Y., Altmann, G.T.M., & Haywood, S. (2003). The time-course of prediction in incremental sentence processing: Evidence from anticipatory eye-movements. Journal of Memory and Language. 49, 133–159.
  • Kamide, Y., Scheepers, C., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2003) Integration of syntactic and semantic information in predictive processing: A cross-linguistic study in German and English. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 32(1), 37–55.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. (2002). Learning and development in neural networks: the importance of prior experience. Cognition, 85(2), 43-50.
  • Tunney, R.J. and Altmann, G.T.M. (2001) Two modes of transfer in Artificial Grammar learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 27(3), 614–639.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. (2001) The mechanics of language: Psycholinguistics in review. British Journal of Psychology. 92, 129–170.
  • Altmann, G.T.M., and Kamide, Y. (1999) Incremental interpretation at verbs: Restricting the domain of subsequent reference. Cognition, 73(3), 247–264.
  • Tunney, R.J. and Altmann, G.T.M. (1999) The transfer effect in artificial grammar learning: Re-appraising the evidence on the transfer of sequential dependencies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 25(5), 1322-1333.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. (1999). Thematic role assignment in context. Journal of Memory and Language, 41, 124­–145.
  • Dienes, Z., Altmann, G.T.M., & Gao, S-J. (1999). Mapping across domains without feedback: A neural network model of transfer of implicit knowledge. Cognitive Science. 23(1), 53-82.
  • Altmann, G.T.M., and Dienes, Z. (1999). Rule learning by seven-month-old infants and neural networks. Science. 284, 875.
  • Altmann, G.T.M., van Nice, K., Garnham, A., & Henstra, J.A. (1998). Late closure in context.  Journal of Memory and Language. 38(4), 459-484.
  • Dienes, Z., Altmann, G.T.M., Gao, S-J., & Goode, A. (1995). The transfer of implicit knowledge across domains. Language and Cognitive Processes, 10(3/4), 363-367.
  • Altmann, G.T.M., Dienes, Z., & Goode, A. (1995). On the modality-independence of implicitly learned grammatical knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 21(4), 899-912.
  • Dienes, Z., Altmann, G.T.M., Kwan, L., & Goode, A (1995).. Unconscious knowledge of artificial grammars is applied strategically. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 21(5), 1322-1338.
  • Altmann, G.T.M., Garnham, A., & Henstra, J.A. (1994). Effects of syntax in human sentence parsing: Evidence against a structure-based proposal mechanism. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 20(1), 209-216.
  • Altmann, G.T.M., Garnham, A., & Dennis, Y. (1992). Avoiding the garden path: Eye movements in context. Journal of Memory and Language, 31, 685-712.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. (1988). Ambiguity, parsing strategies, and computational models. Language and Cognitive Processes, 3(2), 73-97.
  • Altmann, G.T.M. & Steedman, M.J. (1988). Interaction with context during human sentence processing. Cognition, 30, 191-238.
  • Bard, E.G., Shillcock, R.C., & Altmann, G.T.M. (1988). The recognition of words after their acoustic offsets in spontaneous speech: effects of subsequent context. Perception and Psychophysics. 44(5), 395-408.