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

Department of Psychology

Studying at Cambridge


Professor Lorraine K. Tyler FBA

Professor Lorraine K. Tyler, FBA

Head of the CSLB

Office Phone: +44 1223 766 457


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.


Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Fellow of Clare College

Fellow of the British Academy

Fellow of the Academia Europaea

Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Fellow of the American Psychological Society

Managing Editor, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, previously known as Language and Cognitive Processes

The Resilient Brain: Cognition and Ageing

Professor Tyler's talk at the British Psychological Society