Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker

Matthew Crocker is Professor of Psycholinguistics in the Department of Computational Linguistics at Saarland University. Prior to taking up this position, he was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. His research has contributed broadly to better understanding how people comprehend written and spoken language, both through experimental investigation and computational modeling.

He has specifically argued that human comprehension mechanisms are fundamentally sensitive to the distributional properties of the languages we learn, leading to the development of several connectionist and probabilistic models of comprehension. His current research examines the extent to which human language processing is further adapted to make optimal use of both linguistic and non-linguistic information, such as the immediate visual context. A combination of eye-tracking and neurophsyiological research has resulted in the development of an adaptive theory of language processing, the Coordinated Interplay Account, and an associated computational model characterizing the real-time interaction of language comprehension mechanisms and attention in visual environment. His current research is concerned with further developing neurocomputational models of language comprehension and associated neurophysiological correlates such as event-related brain potentials.

Dr. Crocker has published over 40 journal and book articles, several edited collections, and over 40 peer-reviewed conference papers. He has served as an editor, and on the editorial board, of numerous leading journals, and is co-founder (with M. Pickering, Edinburgh), of the annual conference Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP). 



Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker

Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker

Saarland University
Psycholinguistics FR 4.7
Dept of Computational Linguistics

Campus C7 1, Room 1.15
66123 Saarbrücken

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