Kiel Christianson



Kiel Christianson has taught at the university level in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, and conducted the first "field-psycholinguistics" study on syntactic processing in any indigenous North American language (Odawa). He is currently Director of the Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab at the Beckman Institute, and Associate Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, and Procter & Gamble.

Research Interests

  • psycholinguistics
  • bilingualism & SLA
  • reading

Research Description

Dr. Christianson studies syntactic parsing, sentence comprehension in reading and listening, reading, language production, bilingualism, and morphological processing.


PhD (2002, Linguistics) Michigan State University


NSF CAREER Award (2009-2014)

Awards and Honors

two-time Fulbright recipient

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Educational Psychology
Professor, Linguistics
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Director, Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education (SLATE) Program, Center for Translation Studies
Chair, Educational Psychology

Recent Publications

Stoops, A., & Christianson, K. (2019). Parafoveal processing of inflectional morphology in Russian: A within-word boundary-change paradigm. Vision Research, 158, 1-10.

Huang, X., Kim, N., & Christianson, K. (2019). Gesture and Vocabulary Learning in a Second Language. Language Learning, 69(1), 177-197.

Brehm, L., Hussey, E., & Christianson, K. (2019). The role of word frequency and morpho-orthography in agreement processing. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.

Zhou, P., Garnsey, S., & Christianson, K. (2019). Is imagining a voice like listening to it? Evidence from ERPs. Cognition, 182, 227-241.

Luke, S. G., & Christianson, K. (2018). The Provo Corpus: A large eye-tracking corpus with predictability norms. Behavior Research Methods, 50(2), 826-833.

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