In Honor Of…Charles “Chuck” Perfetti
Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
Charles A. Perfetti, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Perfetti began his distinguished career by earning a BS in Psychology from University of Illinois, Urbana in 1958, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1967. He has spent the majority of his career at the University of Pittsburgh where he serves as a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
Chuck has dedicated his career to studying the nature of human language, focusing on reading in its many aspects–from its connection to language, its universal properties, its neural bases, its variation with writing systems, and its dependence on lexical knowledge, to text comprehension and individual differences. Using behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods, his research has addressed reading comprehension, word identification, word knowledge, and their inter-relationships. His studies of comparative reading across writing systems suggest that reading Chinese and reading English engage both shared and distinctiveLearn More..