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Viorica Marian
Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Communication Sciences & Disorders

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


PhDExperimental Psychology, Cornell University
MAExperimental Psychology, Cornell University
MACognitive and Developmental Psychology, Emory University
BAPsychology, 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

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

Recent Grants and Funding

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


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