In Honor Of…Michael Tanenhaus
Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
Michael Tanenhaus, PhD
Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Michael K. Tanenhaus is the Beverly Petterson Bishop and Charles W. Bishop Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1978. After being an Assistant and Associate professor at Wayne State University, he joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 1983. He has received numerous honors for his research on language processing. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society, and the 2018 recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize.
Tanenhaus has made numerous lasting contributions to the field of psycholinguistics in particular, and to the discipline of cognitive science in general. His research program has transformed the field of language processing from embracing modular feedforward information-processing models that strictly limit context effects to instead embracing distributed interactive models that allow a wide variety of context effects. The breadth of Tanenhaus’s thinking, combined with his uncanny experimental skills, haveLearn More..