Jeff Elman, PhD

Jeff Elman, PhD

Professor of Cognitive Science
Co-Director, Kavli Institute for Brain & Mind; Acting Dean, Social Sciences


Contact Information

Department of Cognitive Science, MC-0515
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0515
Office: Cognitive Science Building 271
Lab: Cognitive Science Building 215
Fax: 858-822-5097

I have multiple interests. One major focus is on language processing, using both empirical experimental methodology and also connectionist models. A second focus is on development, with emphasis on the brain bases of early language learning. Finally, I am interested in the age old issue of the relationship between nature and nurture in understanding human species-specific behaviors.

Roland, D., Dick, F., & Elman, J.L. (in press). Frequency of basic English grammatical structures: A corpus analysis. Journal of Memory and Language.

Borovsky, A., & Elman, J.L. 2006). Language input and semantic categories: A relation between cognition and early word learning. Journal of Child Language, 33, 759-790.

Lewis, J.D., & Elman. J.L. (in press). Growth-related neural reorganization and the autism phenotype: A test of the hypothesis that altered brain growth leads to altered connectivity. Developmental Science.

McRae, K., Hare, M., Elman, J.L., & Ferretti, T.R., (2006). A basis for generating expectancies for verbs from nouns. Memory and Cognition, 33, 1174-1184.

Roland, D., Elman, J.L., & Ferreira, V. (2006). Why is that? Structural prediction and ambiguity resolution in a very large corpus of English sentences. Cognition, 98, 245-272.

Elman, J.L. (2005). Connections models of development: Where next?. Trends in Cognitive Science, 9, 111-117.

Elman, J.L. (2005). Computational approaches to language acquisition. Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. (K. Brown, Ed.) Oxford: Elsevier. Pp. 726-732.

Elman, J.L. (2004). An alternative view of the mental lexicon. Trends in Cognitive Science, 8, 301-306.