Al Kim
Associate Professor
Psychology and Neuroscience

Main Campus: Muenzinger D356B
East Campus Research Facility: CINC 182

Lab: Kim Lab


Neural Mechanisms Of Language Processing
My research investigates how people understand language. Most of my work uses neuroimaging and behavioral techniques, especially scalp-recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language processing.  Some of this research investigates the processes that allow people to recognize word recognition during reading, focusing on rapid neural events that occur within the initial 200 milliseconds of encountering a word.  Other parts of my research focus on the processes that allow words to be combined into larger representations, such as sentences (sentence processing).   

I received my Ph.D. in experimental psychology from The University of Pennsylvania and then did post-doctoral training in electro-physiological methods at The University of Washington. Before becoming a psychologist, I studied computer science at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked in computational linguistics at The University of Edinburgh

For Prospective Grad Students
I supervise Ph.D. students in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at CU Boulder.  Application information can be found at the department's Cognitive Graduate Program Page.  I have also worked closely with graduate students in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences.  If you would like to work with me as a student in one of those departments, you can contact me directly but also should communicate with a faculty supervisor in your home department.