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Michael K. Tanenhaus

Beverly Petterson Bishop and Charles W. Bishop Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Brain And Cognitive Sciences

Areas of expertise: Language processing, word recognition

Press contact:
Susan Hagen
susan.hagen@rochester.edu
585.276.4061
Jonathan Sherwood
jonathan.sherwood@rochester.edu
585.273.4726

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Biography
Michael Tanenhaus studies how we comprehend language before the full meaning of a phrase or sentence is known. Tanenhaus and his students have recently begun using a head-mounted eye-tracking system to monitor a personís eye movements as he or she follows spoken instructions to manipulate objects. By noting precisely where a person glances as they interpret spoken words, Tanenhaus is able to perceive how the brain works to comprehend language, even though the listener is likely unaware of his or her own brainís efforts.