Viorica Marian

Viorica Marian's research focuses on bilingualism/multilingualism and the brain's ability to accommodate multiple languages at the same time. She studies the relationship between language and memory, as well as how people process spoken and written language. Her research uses cognitive, behavioral, and neurological measures to study the human linguistic capacity.


Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group


PhD Experimental Psychology, Cornell University
MA Experimental Psychology, Cornell University
MA Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, Emory University
BA Psychology, University of Alaska

Representative Publications

Shook, A., & Marian, V. (2013). The Bilingual Language Interaction Network for Comprehension of Speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16, 304-324. doi:10.1017/S1366728912000466

Marian, V., Bartolotti, J., Chabal, S., & Shook, A. (2012). CLEARPOND: Cross-Linguistic Easy-Access Resource for Phonological and Orthographic Neighborhood Density. PLoS ONE, 7(8): e43230. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043230

Krizman, J., Marian, V., Shook, A., Skoe, E., & Kraus N. (2012). Subcortical encoding of sound is enhanced in bilinguals and relates to executive function advantages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(20), 7877-7881. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201575109

Bartolotti, J., & Marian, V. (2012). Language learning and control in monolinguals and bilinguals. Cognitive Science, 36(6), 1129-1147. doi:10.1111/j.1551-6709.2012.01243

Blumenfeld, H., & Marian, V. (2011). Bilingualism influences inhibitory control in auditory comprehension. Cognition, 118, 245-257.

Bartolotti, J., Marian, V., Schroeder, S., & Shook, A. (2011). Bilingualism and inhibitory control influence statistical learning of novel word forms. Frontiers in Cognition, 2, 324, 1-9.

Kaushanskaya, M., & Marian, V. (2009). The bilingual advantage in novel word learning. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 16 (4), 705-710.

Kaushanskaya, M., & Marian, V. (2009). Bilingualism reduces native-language interference during novel word learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35 (3), 829-835.

Marian, V., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2007). Language context guides memory content. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14, 5, 925-933.

Marian, V., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2004). Self-construal and emotion in bicultural bilinguals. Journal of Memory and Language, 51, 2, 190-201.

Marian, V., Spivey, M., & Hirsch, J. (2003). Shared and separate systems in bilingual language processing: Converging evidence from eyetracking and brain imaging. Brain and Language, 86, 1, 70-82.

Marian, V., & Neisser, U. (2000). Language-dependent recall of autobiographical memories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 129, 361-368.

Spivey, M., & Marian, V. (1999). Crosstalk between native and second languages: Partial activation of an irrelevant lexicon. Psychological Science, 10, 3, 281-284.

Recent Awards and Honors

2015 University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni of Achievement Award
2008 Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring
2006-2007 Outstanding Faculty of the Year, Northwestern Associated Student Government
2005 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Otto Klineberg Intercultural & International Relations Honorable Mention
1999-2000 National Research Service Award, National Institute of Health

Recent Grants and Funding

2010-2015 Cognitive Architecture of Bilingual Language Processing. National Institute of Health, NICHD RO1 HD059858, P.I.
2006-2009 Linguistic and Cognitive Mechanisms in Foreign Vocabulary Acquisition. National Science Foundation, BCS-0414145. P.I.
2005-2008 Memory and Language in Bilinguals. National Institute of Health, NICHD 1R03HD046952-01A1. P.I.
2004-2007 Bilingual Language Processing: Parallel Activation during Written and Spoken Word Recognition. National Science Foundation, NSF BCS-0418495. P.I.


CSD 309 Culture, Language, and Learning
CSD 545 Research Methods
CSD 550 Research Procedures in CSD
CSD 551 Topics in CSD: Bilingualism


Viorica Marian

Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders


Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive
Room 3-256
Evanston, IL 60208-3540



Graduate Programs:

Cognitive Science; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Psychology