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Centre for Speech, Language, and the Brain (CSLB)

Department of Psychology


Lorraine K Tyler is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. She heads the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain, an interdisciplinary research group which combines neuroimaging, neuropsychological, and behavioural methods to reveal how the human brain is organised to support language, perception, and meaning. This work is currently supported by an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant.

She also leads the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (CamCan). CamCan is a University-wide consortium, funded by the BBSRC, to study how age-related changes in brain structure and function relate to patterns of preserved and declining cognitive functions with age.

Professor Tyler gained her PhD from the University of Chicago in the Department of Behavioural Sciences. Originally trained as an experimental psycholinguist, her longstanding interest in language and the brain initially focused on studies with brain-damaged patients and since 1998 has involved extensive research using neuroimaging methods (fMRI and MEG).

She worked at the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen before moving to the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge and from there to Birkbeck College. She returned to Cambridge in 1998.


  • Fellow of the British Academy, Elected 1995
  • Professorial Fellow, Clare College Cambridge, Elected 2000
  • Fellow of the Neuropsychology Symposium, Elected 2004
  • Fellow of Academia Europaea, Elected 2005
  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Elected 2010
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Elected 2011
  • Bartlett Prize, Experimental Psychology Society, 2015
  • Elected President of Society for the Neurobiology of Language, 2016 - 2018.
  • Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society, Elected 2017
  • Fellow of the Memory Disorders Research Society, Elected 2017
  • Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities, Hong Kong University, 2018-2021.
  • Managing Editor, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, previously known as Language and Cognitive Processes
Head of the CSLB

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