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Brandeis University, B.A., Psychology, Computer Science, 1976
SUNY at Buffalo, Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, 1981.
Indiana University, NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship,1984

Professional experience:

2001                Full Professor, Dept of Psychology

1990-1993       Chair, Committee on Cognition and Communication

1997-2009       Chair, Dept of Psychology

2009-present   Associate Editor, Brain and Language

2011-present   John Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors

2013-present   Associate Editor, PLoS One


2007    The University of Chicago Future Faculty Mentorship Award

2009    Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

2012    Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Research Interests

Wisdom, language use, attention, learning, memory consolidation and sleep, working memory, understanding, affect, categorization, cognitive neuropharmocology, cognitive engineering and human factors

Recent Publications

Fenn, K. M., Nusbaum, H. C., & Margoliash, D. (2003). Consolidation during sleep of perceptual learning of spoken language. Nature, 425, 614-616.

Gentner, T. Q., Fenn, K. M., Margoliash, D., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2006).  Recursive syntactic pattern learning by songbirds.  Nature440, 1204-1207.

Margoliash, D., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2009). Language: the perspective from organismal biology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences13, 505-510.

Egidi, G. & Nusbaum, H. C. (2012). Emotional language processing: How mood affects integration processes during discourse comprehension. Brain & Language, 199-210.

Luhrmann, T. M., Nusbaum, H. C., & Thisted, R. (2013). "Lord teach us to pray": Prayer practice affects cognitive processing. Journal of Culture and Cognition, 13, 159-177.

Brawn, T., Nusbaum, H. C., & Margoliash, D. (2013). Sleep consolidation of interfering auditory memories in starlings. Psychological Science. Published online 22 February 2013 DOI:10.1177/0956797612457391

Hedger, S. C. V., Nusbaum, H. C., Lescop, O., Wallisch, P. & Hoeckner, B. (2013). Music can elicit a visual motion aftereffect. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 1039-1047.

Fenn K. M., Margoliash, D., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2013). Sleep restores loss of generalized but not rote learning of synthetic speech, Cognition, 128, 280-286.

Hedger, C. C., Nusbaum, H. C., & Hoeckner, B. (2013). Conveying movement in music and prosody. PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076744

Hedger, S. C. V., Heald, S. L. M., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2013). Absolute pitch may not be so absolute. Psychological Science, 24, 1496-1502.

Tong, D., Li, W., Dai, T., Nusbaum, H. C., Qiu, J., & Zhang, Q. (2013). Brain mechanisms of valuable scientific problem finding inspired by heuristic knowledge. Experimental Brain Research 228:4, 437-443.

Heald, S. L. M., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2014). Speech perception as an active cognitive process. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 8:35. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00035


Factors in developing wisdom

Starlings and sleep consolidation

Absolute pitch may not be absolute

Sleep reduces memory interference