Debra Titone


Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language and Memory Tier 2

Stewart Biological Sciences Bldg.
Room W8/31, 398-1778
debra.titone at

Research Areas

Cognition-Language-Perception , Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Summary

Prof. Titone is interested in how the brain supports (1) the comprehension of contextualized language (e.g., ambiguity resolution, idioms, metaphors), and (2) the formation of relational memory representations in humans (e.g., transitive inference, configural learning, episodic memory, and other products of normal medial temporal lobe function). Prof. Titone studies these two areas using a variety of cognitive neuroscience techniques including basic cognitive experiments with normal and disordered populations (e.g., schizophrenia, right hemisphere damage patients) and, more recently, neuroimaging methods (e.g., ERPs and fMRI).

Selected References

Levy, D.L., Coleman, M.A., Sung, H., Ji, F., Mendell, N.R., & Titone, D. (2010).  The Genetic Basis of Thought Disorder and Language and  Communication Disturbances in Schizophrenia.  Journal of  Neurolinguistics, 23, 176 – 192.

*Libben, M. & Titone, D. (2009), Bilingual language processing in context: Evidence from eye movement recordings during reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 35, 381-390.

*Klepousniotou, E. K., Titone, D. & *Romero, C. (2008), Making sense of word senses: The comprehension of polysemy depends on sense overlap. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 34, 1534-1543.

*Libben, M., & Titone, D. (2008). The multidetermined nature of idiomatic expressions. Memory & Cognition, 36, 1103-1131.

Updated: November 2014
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