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Charles Perfetti

Director, Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center

Distinguished University Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology

Co-Director, Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center

Research Interests

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.

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.

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.

Bhide, A., Gadgil, S., Zelinsky, C., & Perfetti, C. (2014). Does reading in an alphasyllabary affect phonemic awareness? Inherent schwa effects in Marathi-English bilinguals. Writing Systems Research, 6(1), 73-93.

Nag, S., & Perfetti, C. A. (2014). Reading and writing: Insights from the alphasyllabaries of South and Southeast Asia. (Editors’ Introduction) Writing Systems Research, 6(1), 1-9.

Segers, E., Perfetti, C. A., & Verhoeven, L. (2014). Foundations of language, literacy, and numeracy learning. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 61(3), 189-193.

Stafura, J. Z., & Perfetti, C. A. (2014). Word-to-text integration: Message level and lexical level influences in ERPs. Neuropsychologia, 64, 41-53.

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 (pp. 179-209). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Perfetti, C., & Stafura, J. (2014). Word knowledge in a theory of reading comprehension. Scientific Studies of Reading, 18(1), 22-37.

Cao, F., Rickles, B., Vu, M., Zhu, Z., Chan, D. H. L., Harris, L. N., & Perfetti, C. A. (2013). Early Stage Visual-Orthographic Processes Predict Long-Term Retention of Word Form and Meaning: A Visual Encoding Training Study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26(4), 440-461.

Cao, F., Tao, R., Liu, L., Perfetti, C. A., & Booth, J. R. (2013). High proficiency in a second language is characterized by greater involvement of the first language network: Evidence from Chinese learners of English. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(10), 1649-1663.

Adlof, S. M., & Perfetti, C. A. (2013). Individual differences in word learning and reading ability. In A. Stone, B.Ehren, E. Silliman, & G. Wallach (Eds.). Handbook of Language and Literacy Development and Disorders, 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford.

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

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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

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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.

November 2014

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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.

August 2014

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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

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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

Pitt Chronicle

Head of the Class

Spring 2009

CMU's "The Link"

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Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading

June 27, 2004

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Leverhulme Fellow

2003

Named University Professor

2001

University of Pittsburgh

Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award

2000

University of Pittsburgh

Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences

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