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Department of Psychology


I study language as a cognitive and a neural system. My research focuses on the neural mechanisms that support spoken language comprehension. Using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, I investigate how different properties of the speech input engage the underlying neural architecture to produce successful comprehension.

The second major strand of my research is bilingualism. I am interested in understanding the cognitive and the neural consequences of the ability to speak two (or more) languages.


Key publications: 


  • Olguin A, Cekic M, Bekinschtein TA, Katsos N, Bozic M (2019). Bilingualism and language similarity modify the neural mechanisms of selective attention. Scientific Reports. 9: 8204.
  • Marslen-Wilson WD, Bozic M (2018) Dual neurobiological systems underlying language evolution: Inferring the ancestral state. Current Opinion in Behavioral Science. 21, 176–181
  • Bozic M, Fonteneau E, Su L, Marslen-Wilson WD (2015). Grammatical analysis as a distributed neurobiological function. Human Brain Mapping. 36, 1190-1201.
  • Fonteneau E, Bozic M, Marslen-Wilson WD (2014). Brain network connectivity during language comprehension: Interacting linguistic and perceptual subsystems. Cerebral Cortex. 25, 3962-3976.
  • Marslen-Wilson, W.D., Bozic, M., & Tyler, L.K. (2014). Morphological systems in their neurobiological contexts. In M. Gazzaniga & G. Mangun (Eds) The Cogitive neurosciences, 5th Edition, MIT Press
  • Bozic, M., Tyler, L.K., Wingfield, C., Su, L., & Marslen-Wilson, W.D. (2013). Neurobiological systems for lexical representation and analysis in English. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1678-1691.
  • Bozic, M., Tyler, L.K., Ives, D.T., Randall, B. & Marslen-Wilson, W.D. (2010). Bihemispheric foundations for human speech comprehension. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 107, 17439-17444.


University Associate Professor
Fellow and Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, King's College, Cambridge
Person keywords: 
speech comprehension
brain imaging
neurobiology of language
Takes PhD students
Available for consultancy