FABBS Honors Chuck Perfetti

July 27, 2017

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Perfetti 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 distinctive mechanisms and cortical structures. His research on learning has spanned a wide range: a) how students use multiple texts to integrate information and resolve contradiction; b) behavioral and neural indicators of learning word meanings; c) second language learning by adults, especially behavioral and neural indicators of learning to read Chinese.

Read more on Dr. Perfetti’s honoree page.