Gerry Altmann


Psychological Sciences


Ph.D., 1986, University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

Dr. Altmann studies how individuals incrementally build representations of the events described by unfolding language. He uses a mix of behavioral methods (predominantly eye-tracking) and neuroscientific methods when conducting his research. His other interests include:

  • Sentence processing 
  • Event cognition
  • Object representation

Research Websites 



  • PSYC 3500. Introduction to Psychology of Language


  • Event Cognition



Davis, F., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2021). Finding event structure in time: What recurrent neural networks can tell us about event structure in mind. Cognition, 104651

Altmann, G.T.M. & Ekves, Z., (2019). Events as intersecting object histories: A new theory of event representation. Psychological Review. doi: 10.1037/rev0000154

Altmann, G.T.M. (2017). Abstraction and generalization in statistical learning: implications for the relationship between semantic types and episodic tokens. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 372: 20160060.

Staudte, M. & Altmann, G.T.M. (2016). Recalling what was where when seeing nothing there. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, doi:10.3758/s13423-016-1104-8

Solomon, S. H., Hindy, N. C., Altmann, G. T., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2015). Competition between mutually exclusive object states in event comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 27(12), 2324-2338

Hindy, N.C., Altmann, G.T.M., Kalenik, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2012). The effect of object state-changes on event processing: Do objects compete with themselves? Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (17), 5795-5803.

Altmann, G.T.M. and Mirkovic, J. (2009). Incrementality and prediction in human sentence processing. Cognitive Science, 33, 583-609.

Altmann, G.T.M. and Kamide, Y. (2009). Discourse-mediation of the mapping between language and the visual world: eye-movements and mental representation. Cognition, 111, 55-71.

Altmann, G.T.M. and Kamide, Y. (2007). The real-time mediation of visual attention by language and world knowledge: Linking anticipatory (and other) eye movements to linguistic processing. Journal of Memory and Language, 57, 502-518.

Honors and Awards

Founding Director, CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2015-2021

Editor-in-Chief, Cognition, 2006-2015

Moved to UConn from University of York, UK, in 2014. Served on grant panels in both the USA (NIH LCOM) and UK (ESRC) as well as on various panels in Europe (Spain, Germany). Was an Hon. Secretary of the UKs Experimental Psychology Society from 2004-2007.

Gerald Altmann
Contact Information
Mailing Address406 Babbidge Road Storrs, CT 06269 Unit-1020
Office LocationBousfield 134C
LinkPsycholinguistics Lab