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Psychological Sciences Faculty

David KemmererDavid Kemmerer

Professor, Cognitive

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Heavilon Hall, Room 202A

E-mail: kemmerer@purdue.edu
Telephone: (765) 494-3826



Degree: Ph.D. in Linguistics, SUNY Buffalo, 1996

David Kemmerer has a joint appointment in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and the Department of Psychological Sciences. His teaching responsibilities include courses on the neural bases of speech and language, the field of cognitive neuroscience, and topics in linguistics.

Research Interests:

His research focuses on how different kinds of linguistic meaning are mediated by different neural systems, drawing on behavioral and lesion data from brain-damaged patients as well as behavioral and functional neuroimaging data from normal subjects. His current projects include the linguistic encoding of action and the syntax-semantics interface. In addition, he is interested in the evolution of language and the neural correlates of consciousness.

Recent Publications:

Kemmerer, D., Tranel, D., & Zdansczyk, C. (2009). Knowledge of the semantic constraints on adjective order can be selectively impaired. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 22, 91-108.

Kemmerer, D., & Eggleston, A. (2010). Nouns and verbs in the brain: Implications of linguistic typology for cognitive neuroscience. Lingua, 120, 2686-2690.

Witt, J.K., Kemmerer, D., Linenauger, S.A., & Culham, J. (2010). A functional role for motor simulation in identifying tools. Psychological Science, 21, 1215-1219.

Kemmerer, D. & Gonzalez Castillo, J. (2010). The Two-Level Theory of verb meaning: An approach to integrating the semantics of action with the mirror neuron system. Brain and Language, 112, 54-  76. (Special issue on mirror neurons and the neurobiology of language.)

Kemmerer, D. (2010). How words capture visual experience: The perspective from cognitive neuroscience. In B. Malt & P. Wolff (Eds.), Words and the mind: How words capture human experience(pp. 289-329). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Kemmerer, D. (2010). A neuroscientific perspective on the linguistic encoding of categorical spatial relations. In V. Evans & P. Chilton (Eds.), Language, cognition, and space: The state of the art and new directions (pp. 139-168). London, UK: Equinox.

Kemmerer, D. (2010). The neurobiology of lexical processing. In P.C. Hogan (Ed.), The Cambridge encyclopedia of the language sciences (pp. 439-442). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Kemmerer, D., Rudrauf, D., Manzel, K., & Tranel, D. (2012). Behavioral patterns and lesion sites associated with impaired processing of lexical and conceptual knowledge of actions. Cortex, 48, 826-848. (Special issue on language and the motor system.)

Kemmerer, D. (2012). The cross-linguistic prevalence of SOV and SVO word orders reflects the sequential and hierarchical representation of action in Broca's area. Language and Linguistics Compass, 6, 50-66.

Kemmerer, D., Miller, L., MacPherson, M.K., Huber, J., & Tranel, D. (2013). An investigation of semantic similarity judgments about action and non-action verbs in Parkinson's disease Implications for the Embodied Cognition Framework. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, Article 146.

Kemmerer, D. (2013). Introduction to special double issue devoted to Michael Arbib's How the brain got language. Language and Cognition, 5, 105-106.