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


Education and Training

PhD, University of Michigan

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.

2nd Language Learning Bilingualism Cognitive Neuroscience Comprehension Imaging Methods Learning & Memory Reading Processes

Related Research Areas

Cognitive & Neural Foundations of Learning Reading & Language

Recent Publications

Zhou, L., & Perfetti, C. (2023). Global mapping congruence influences phonological interference: ERP evidence for early and persistent ortho-phonological effects in reading Chinese for meaning.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 

Harris, L.N., Creed, B., Perfetti, C.A., & Rickles, B.B.  (2022). The role of word knowledge in error detection: a challenge to the broken error monitor account of dyslexia. Annals of Dyslexia.

Norberg, K. A., Perfetti, C., & Helder, A. (2022). Word-to-text integration and antecedent accessibility: Eye-tracking evidence extends results of event-related potentials (ERPs).  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.  Advance online publication.

Calloway, R.C., Helder, A. & Perfetti, C.A. (2022). A measure of individual differences in readers’ approaches to text and its relation to reading experience and reading comprehension. Behavior Research Methods.

Perfetti, C. A., & Helder, A. (2022). Progress in reading science: Word identification, comprehension, and universal perspectives. In The Science of Reading: A Handbook 2nd Edition (M. Snowling, C. Hulme, & K. Nation, eds.) Cambridge University Press.

Charles Perfetti's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Regina Calloway, Anne Helder, and Charles Perfetti were featured in the September 2022 Research News for their publication "A Measure of Individual Differences in Readers’ Approaches to Text."

September 21, 2022


Congratulations to LRDC Director Charles Perfetti who is the recipient of a 2022 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring for outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctoral degree.

March 14, 2022

BBC on-line news interviewed LRDC Director Charles Perfetti for "Dubs or Subs? Parasite Renews Debate on How to Watch Foreign Films."

February 23, 2020


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

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