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Alexander Kranjec, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Psychology

217 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.1613

Education:

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, City University of New York, 2006
B.A., Philosophy, Grinnell College, 1995
Bio

Alexander Kranjec studied Philosophy at Grinnell College and received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the City University of New York. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Neurology Department and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Dr. Kranjec studies how the mind and brain represent meaning, with and without language. He uses cognitive behavioral methods, neuroimaging (fMRI) and non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS) in normal participants, and lesion analysis methods in patients with focal brain damage. He is particularly interested in how our representations of space bias and facilitate thought in other domains. At Duquesne he hopes to bridge phenomenological and cognitive neuroscience approaches to psychology.

Publications

Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., Schmidt, G., Lehet, M., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). Deconstructing events: The neural bases for space, time and causality. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(1), 1-16.
 

*Amorapanth, P., ∆Kranjec, A., Bromberger, B., Lehet, M., Widick, P., Woods, A., Chatterjee, A. (2012). Language, perception, and the schematic representation of spatial relations. Brain and Language, 120, 226-236.
(*The first two authors contributed equally to this work ∆ Corresponding Author)
 

Cardillo, E., Watson, C. E., Schmidt, G., Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). From novel to familiar: Tuning the brain for metaphors. Neuroimage, 59, 3212-3221.

Schmidt, G. L., Cardillo, E. R., Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., Widick, P., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). Not all analogies are created equal: Associative and categorical analogy processing following brain damage. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1372-1379.

Kranjec, A., Amorapanth, P., & Chatterjee, A. (2011). The schematic representation of spatial relations: evidence from group and single-case lesion studies. In L. Carlsonm, C. Holscher & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the thirty-third annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Kranjec, A., & McDonough, L. (2011). The implicit and explicit embodiment of time. Journal of Pragmatics, 43(3), 735-738.

Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., Schmidt, G., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Prescribed spatial prepositions influence how we think about time. Cognition, 114(1), 111-116.

Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Are temporal concepts embodied? A challenge for cognitive neuroscience. Frontiers in Psychology (Embodied and Grounded Cognition).

Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., Bromberger, B., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). A sinister bias for calling fouls in soccer. PLoS ONE, 5(7).

Kranjec, A., & Lupyan, G. (2010). Implicit verbal categories modulate spatial perception. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 1328.

Cardillo, E., Schmidt, G., Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Stimulus design is an obstacle course: 560 Matched literal and metaphorical sentences for testing neural hypotheses about metaphor. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 651-664.

Delamater, A., Kranjec, A., & Fein, M. (2010). Differential outcome effects in Pavlovian biconditional ambiguous cue occasion setting tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 36:4, 41-481.

Schmidt, G., Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Beyond Laterality: A Critical Assessment of Research on the Neural Basis of Metaphor. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16:1-5.

Kranjec, A. (2006). Extending Spatial Frames of Reference to Temporal Concepts. In K. Forbus, D. Gentner & T. Regier (Eds.), Proceedings of the twenty-sixth annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 447-452). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.


Presentations
RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Kranjec, A. (2012). History and future of a humanistic neuroscience. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Woods, A., Chatterjee, A., Kranjec, A., Minhaus, P., Bikson, M. & Hamilton, R. (2012). Space, Time, and Causal Inference: a tDCS study. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Kranjec, A. (2012). Single-case neuropsychological studies in the context of humanistic psychology. Theme session on Humanistic inroads in neuropsychology through assessment, diagnosis, research. Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Kranjec, A., Lupyan, G., Chatterjee, A. (2012). Biases in spatial perception reflect patterns of lexicalization. 19th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chicago, IL.

Kranjec, A. (2012) Spatial meaning is more than language-deep. Talk presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Kranjec, A., Ianni, G., & Chatterjee, A. (2011). Schemas make spatial relations visible for a patient with simultagnosia. 18th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Stahl, A., Tynan, E., Ranganathan, S., Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., Chatterjee, A., Golinkoff, R. M, & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2011). Across the divide: Infants notice changes in manner and path in an occlusion event. Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, QC.

Kranjec, A., & Lupyan, G. (2010) Implicit verbal categories modulate spatial perception. Journal of Vision. 10 (7), p. 1328.

Stahl, A., Tynan, E., Song, L., Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., Chatterjee, A., Golinkoff, R. M, & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2010). Manner, interrupted: Infants detect manner changes in occlusion events. Poster presented at the XVIIth International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Attending to Events: What, How, and Where? Poster presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, QC.

Cardillo, E., Kranjec, A., Schmidt, G., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). The Neural Career of Metaphor: an fMRI Study. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, QC.

Schmidt, G., Cardillo, E., Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Categorical and Relational Verbal Analogy Processing Following Brain Damage. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, QC.

Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., Morgan, L., & Chatterjee, A. (2009). Paths, manners, and objects. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Schmidt, G., Cardillo, E., Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee (2009). Nominal and predicate metaphor processing in left and right hemisphere lesions. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Kranjec, A. & McDonough, L. (2008). Temporal concepts and frames of reference: Thinking about time between language and space. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Washington D.C. 

Kranjec, A. & McDonough, L. (2006). Making Sense of an Absurd Situation. Talk presented at the First UK Postgraduate Conference in Cognitive Linguistics, University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

Kranjec, A. (2006). A New Ambiguous Question for Assessing the Spatial Structure of Temporal Concepts. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, New York, NY.

Kranjec, A. (2006). Why Construct a New Ambiguous Instrument for Assessing the Spatial Structure of Temporal Concepts? Talk presented at the Brooklyn College In House Psychology Conference, Brooklyn, New York.

Kranjec, A., McDonough, L. (2005). Vertical Spatial Primes Influence Ego-Centered Temporal Concepts. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles, CA.

Delamater, A. & Kranjec, A. (2001). Differential Outcome Effects in a Pavlovian Ambiguous Cue Occasion Setting Task. Talk presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.

INVITED TALKS

Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Friday Seminar Series. Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. May, 2012.

Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, PA. Neuroscience on Trial: New Uses of Neuroscientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Litigation. (Moderator). February, 2012.

Faculty Seminar, Psychology Department, Duquesne University, Februrary, 2012. 

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands. December, 2010.

Psychology Department, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. December, 2010.

Department of Psychology, Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase NY. November, 2010.

Department of Psychology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN. November, 2010.

Department of Psychology Colloquium, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. October, 2010.

Department of Psychology Lecture Series, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ. December, 2009.

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania. October, 2009.

10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland Theme Session: Spatial construals of time: theoretical and empirical issues. July, 2007.

Cognitive Science Group Colloquium, City University of New York Department of Philosophy, The Graduate Center of CUNY, New York, NY. March, 2007.

Neurology Department, University of Pennsylvania. April 2007.

28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Vancouver, BC. July, 2006.