Enriqueta Canseco-Gonzalez

Professor of Psychology
Psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology

Curriculum Vitae
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Contact Information

Department of Psychology
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 517-7425

Education and Professional Positions

1974-1977 Teacher of Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Psychophysiology and Perception Labs, National Autonomous University of México.
1985-1986 Director of Psychophysiology Lab Assistants, Faculty of Psychology, National Autonomous University of México.
1980, B.A., Psychology, National Autonomous University of México.
1976-1986 Research Psychologist, Faculty of Psychology, National Autonomous University of México.
1988, Masters, Psychobiology, National Autonomous University of México.
1991, Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Brandeis University.
1991-1992, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Brandeis University.
1995 Visiting Research Scientist. Cognitive Science Department, University of California, San Diego.
1996, 1997, Visiting Assistant Project Cognitive Scientist, University of Oregon, Eugene.
1992-1997, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Reed College.
2000 Visiting Research Scientist, Instituto de Neurofisiología Celular, UNAM, Querétaro, México.
1997-2008 Associate Professor of Psychology, Reed College.
2008- present Professor of Psychology, Reed College.


I teach various courses at the introductory and advanced levels focusing on the study of language. I cover a broad spectrum; language acquisition, psychological processes involved in production and comprehension, brain and language relations, and the learning of language in special circumstances (e.g. bilingualism). I approach the study of language from a cognitive neuroscience perspective with the goal of training students’ critical thinking skills in combination with the methods and techniques used in the field. My ultimate goal is to prepare students to develop their own research questions and test them in the lab. (Follow links to course descriptions for additional details.)

Psy 121 Introduction to Psychology
Psy 296 Psychology of language acquisition
Psy 336 Neuropsychology
Psy 393 Psycholinguistics
Psy 439 Psycholinguistic Research: Bilingualism


In my research I specialize in the use of two time-sensitive techniques to study the mental architecture of language; the recording of brain electrical activity (event-related potentials) and the recording of eye movements. Particular areas of interest are: the timing and interaction of various language processes, and the study of language processing in bilinguals. Recent research questions I have studied in the lab are: do bilinguals active both of their languages when using a single language? Do they obtain cognitive benefits from the particular linguistic demands they face? Do they access the meaning of words independently of the specific language in which the word was produced? What is the nature of the interaction between language and thought?

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Selected Publications

(Reed student co-authors in bold)

Yiu, L., Pitts, M., & Canseco-Gonzalez, E. (2015). Electrophysiological assessment of time course of bilingual visual word recognition: Early access to language membership. Neuropsychologia, 75, 349-367.

Ryskin, R.A., Brown-Schmidt, S., Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Yiu, L.K., & Nguyen, E. T. (2014). Visuospatial perspective-taking in conversation and the role of bilingual experience. Journal of Memory and Language, 74, pp. 46-76.

Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Brick, C., Brehm, L., Brown-Schmidt, S., Fischer, K., & Wagner, K. (2010). Carpet or Cárcel: The effect of age of acquisition and language mode on bilingual lexical access. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25, 5, pp. 669 – 705.

Brown-Schmidt, S., & Canseco-Gonzalez, E. (2004). Who do you love, your mother or your horse? An event-related brain potential analysis of tone processing in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 33,(2).

Gibson, E., Pearlmutter, N., Canseco-Gonzalez, E., & Hickok, G. (1996). Recency preference in the human sentence processing mechanism. Cognition, 59, 23-59.