David Kemmerer

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. (2022). Cognitive neuroscience of language: An introduction. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge.

Kemmerer, D. (2021). What modulates the Mirror Neuron System during action observation? Multiple factors involving the action, the actor, the observer, the relationship between actor and observer, and the context. Progress in Neurobiology, 205, 102128.

Kemmerer, D. (2019). Concepts in the brain: The view from cross-linguistic diversity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kemmerer, D. (2019). Messages must be tuned to the target language: Some implications of crosslinguistic semantic diversity for neurolinguistic research on speech production. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 52, 100861. (Special issue on speech production and bilingualism in memory of Albert Costa.)

Kemmerer, D. (2019). From blueprints to brain maps: The status of the Lemma Model in cognitive neuroscience. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 34, 1085-1116. (Special issue celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pim Levelt's 1989 book Speaking.)

Kemmerer, D. (2017). Categories of object concepts across languages and brains: The relevance of nominal classification systems to cognitive neuroscience. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 32, 401-424. (Target article for peer commentary.)

Spunt, R.P., Kemmerer, D., & Adolphs, R. (2016). The neural basis of conceptualizing the same action at different levels of abstraction. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 1141-1151.

Kemmerer, D. (2015). Are the motor features of verb meanings represented in the precentral motor cortices? Yes, but within the context of a flexible, multilevel architecture for conceptual knowledge. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22, 1068-1075. (Commissioned for, but accidentally published prior to, a special issue on concepts. See erratum, PB&R, 23, 1143.)


David Kemmerer

Professor, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience

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Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
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