Director, Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center
Distinguished University Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology
Co-Director, Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center
My central research interest is in the cognitive science of reading and language processes. The research spans lower and higher level processes and the nature of reading ability and second language processes. My approach involves multiple research methods in behavioral, ERP and fMRI labs. The general goal is to achieve a richer view of language processes by the combination of methods.
Verhoeven, L., & Perfetti, C. A. (in press). Learning to read across languages and writing systems. Cambridge University Press.
Chang, L-Y, Chen, Y.C., Perfetti, C.A. (in press) A multi-dimensional measure of grapheme complexity: A comparison of 131 written languages. Behavioral Research Methods.
Perfetti, C. A. (in press). Lexical quality revisited. In E. Segers & P. van den Broek (Eds.), Developmental perspectives in written language and literacy. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Stafura, J. Z., & Perfetti, C. A. (in press). Integrating word processing with text comprehension: Theoretical frameworks and empirical examples. In K. Cain, D. Compton, & R. Parrila, (Eds.) Theories of Reading Development.
Nelson, J. & Perfetti, C. A. (in press). Eye movements reveal readers' lexical quality and reading experience. Special Issue of Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Perfetti, C. A. & Harris, L. (in press). Learning to read English. In L. Verhoeven & C. A. Perfetti (Eds.), Learning to read across languages and writing systems. Cambridge University Press.
Fang, X., Perfetti, C. A., & Stafura, J. (2017). Learning new meanings for known words: Biphasic effects of prior knowledge. Learning Cognition and Neuroscience, 32(5), 637-649.
Calloway, R., & Perfetti, C. A. (2017). Integrative and predictive processes in text reading: The N400 across a sentence boundary. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.
Cao, F., & Perfetti, C. A. (2017). Neural signatures of the reading-writing connection: Greater involvement of writing in Chinese reading. PlosOne 11(12): e0168414.
Chen, L., Fang, X., & Perfetti, C. A. (2017). Word-to-text integration: ERP evidence for semantic and orthographic effects in Chinese. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 42, 83-92.
Fang, X., & Perfetti, C. A. (2017). Perturbation of old knowledge precedes integration of new knowledge. Neuropsychologia, 90, 270-278.
Chang, L. Y., Stafura, J. Z., Rickles, B., Chen, H. C., & Perfetti, C. A. (2016). Incremental learning of Chinese orthography: ERP indicators of animated and static stroke displays on character form and meaning acquisition. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 33, 78-95.
Balass, M., Halderman, L., Benau, E. M., & Perfetti, C. A. (2016). Semantic processes and individual differences detected through error-related negativities. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 37, 82-97.
Chang, L. Y., Plaut, D. C. & Perfetti C. A. (2016). Visual complexity in orthographic learning: Modeling learning across writing system variations. Scientific Studies of Reading, 20(1), 64-85.
Harris, L., & Perfetti, C. A. (2016). Lexical stress and linguistic predictability influence proofreading behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:96. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00096.
Stafura, J. Z., Rickels, B., & Perfetti, C. A. (2015). ERP evidence for memory and predictive mechanisms in word-to-text integration. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(10), 1273-1290.
Elgort, I., Perfetti, C. A., Rickles, B., & Stafura, J. (2015). Contextual learning of L2 word meanings: Second language proficiency modulates behavioural and ERP indicators of learning. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 30(5), 506-528. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2014.942673.
Guan, C. Q., Harris, L. N., Meng, W., & Perfetti, C. A. (2015). Writing quality predicts Chinese learning. Reading and Writing: An InterDisciplinary Journal, 28, 763-795.
Olulade, O. A., Jamal, N. I., Koo, D., LaSasso, C. J., Perfetti, C. A., & Eden, G. (2015). Neuroanatomical evidence in support of the bilingual advantage theory. Cerebral Cortex, 1-9.
Perfetti, C., & Stafura, J. (2015). Comprehending implicit meanings in text without making inferences. In E. O’Brien, A. Cook, & R. Lorch, R. (Eds.), Inferences During Reading (pp. 1-18). Cambridge University Press.
Moore, M. W. Durisko, C. Perfetti, C. A. & Fiez, J. A. (2014). Learning to read an alphabet of human faces produces left-lateralized training effects in the fusiform gyrus. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(4), 896-913.
Wang, M., Liu, T. & Perfetti, C. A. (2014). The roles of character properties in early learning to read Chinese as a second language. In N. Jiang (Ed.), Advances in Chinese as a second language. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Xu, Y., Chang, L. Y. & Perfetti. C. A. (2014). The effect of radical-based grouping in character learning in Chinese as a foreign language. Modern Language Journal, 98(3), 773-793.
Chang, L. Y., Xu, Y., Perfetti, C. A., Zhang, J., & Chen, H. C. (2014). Supporting orthographic learning at the beginning stage of learning to read Chinese as a second language. International Journal of Disability Development and Education, 61(3), 288-305.
Harris, L. N., Perfetti, C. A., & Rickles, B. B. (2014). Error-related negativities during spelling judgments expose orthographic knowledge. Neuropsychologia, 54, 112-128.
Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and LRDC Director Charles Perfetti has been elected to the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) "In Honor Of...” program. The “In Honor of..." program recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. Only two other University of Pittsburgh faculty members have been honored in this program, Robert Glaser and Lauren Resnick, making a trifecta of LRDC directors honored by FABBS.
July 31, 2017
Charles Perfetti was awarded the Distinguished Scholar award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG): Research in Reading and Literacy for his outstanding contributions to research in reading and literacy.
May 1, 2017
LRDC Director Charles Perfetti is among the top ten Highest Cited American Scholars in the field of Education. Chuck is the most influential in the area of reading. Former LRDC faculty member Micki Chi is also a member of this distinguished group for her work in instructional design.
June 20, 2016
LRDC Director Charles Perfetti has been honored with the 2014 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the international Society for Text and Discourse. The "Reading Honors" column on page 5 of Pitt Magazine, winter issue, describes his research in language and reading processes, and the criteria for the award.
February 9, 2015
LRDC Director, Charles Perfetti, was mentioned in the latest issue of the Pitt Chronicle for becoming a fellow in the Society for Text and Discourse.
A list of recent LRDC award recipients is on page 18 of the August 28 issue of the University Times. Einat Heyd-Metzuyanim, Melissa Libertus, Diane Litman, Charles Perfetti, Christian Schunn, Natasha Tokowicz, Tessa Warren, and Jingtao Wang were all mentioned.
Reading - From Words to Multiple Texts, celebrates the impact of Charles Perfetti's research on reading and text comprehension and acknowledges his mentorship of the scholars who contribute to the increasing knowledge base about reading processes.
June 3, 2013
LRDC Director, Charles Perfetti, Served as an Invited Panelist on the Role of Advances in Education Technology in Conjunction with U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter's Visit to CMU
September 7, 2011
Head of the Class
CMU's "The Link"
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading
June 27, 2004
Named University Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
University of Pittsburgh
Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences