I've been a psychologist at the University of Iowa since 2004. I recieved my Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1998, and in 2004 a Ph.D. in 2004 Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. I worked with Michael Tanenhaus and Richard Aslin. I study language, development, perception and learning in normal and impaired individuals, using behavioral techniques, eye-tracking, infant methods, computational modeling and cognitive neuroscience techniques.

I take a multi-leveled approach to my research. This includes collaborations and projects in theoretical linguistics (phonetics/phonology), otolaryngology (cochlear implantation), speech pathology (specific language impairment), computational modeling (neural network, statistical, and analytic approaches), cognitive neuroscience (ERPS and intercranial recording), and of course the basic behavioral work that is the foundation of psychology.


I teach in the Psychology Department at the University of Iowa and am also appointed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Linguistics, and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. Within the psychology department, I am member of both the Developmental Science and Cognition and Perception training areas. I am also an active members of the University of Iowa Language Discussion Group, the Delta Center (DEvelopment, Learning, Theory and Application), and I direct the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate on the Cognitive Science of Language Program. My work is funded by the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

About this site

I maintain an active research program through my lab, the Mechanisms of Audio-Visual Categorization Lab (MACLab). You can find out more about the type of research I do there, as well as meet my students and collaborators. I hope that while you're there, you'll also learn about speech, language, cognition and development.

I maintain a number of resources for the research communities, including KlattWorks an innovative speech synthesis tool, and the Consortium for Research on Infant Eye-Tracking (sorry it's still a little incomplete). I've also developed tools to ease the analysis of both eye-tracking data (using the SR Research Eyelink Eye-trackers) and Electro-Corticography Data (contact me if you are interested in either of those tools).

Contact Info

Office: 218 Seashore Hall
Phone: 319-335-2408
Fax: 319-335-0191
Bob McMurray
Dept. of Psychology, E11 SSH
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Last updated on 11/3/13