Megan Zirnstein

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Assistant Research Psychologist, Department of Psychology

Lab Affiliation(s): Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab

Research Interests: Psycholinguistics; bilingualism; aging; executive function; reading comprehension; discourse pragmatics; eye-tracking; event-related potentials (ERPs)

ResearchGate Profile


I am a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and was previously an NSF PIRE and NSF SBE postdoctoral fellow at the Pennsylvania State University. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology in the Perception, Cognition, and Cognitive Neuroscience area from the University of California, Davis.

In my research, I use multiple methods, including eye-tracking and electroencephalography (EEG), to investigate how language experience influences comprehension and executive function ability across the lifespan. I investigate the behavioral and neural correlates of sentence processing phenomena, as well as individual differences in reading behavior and comprehension ability. Most recently, I have begun to examine how bilingual experience influences native and non-native reading, and how this is realized in the brain and in behavior. In particular, I am interested in the extent to which repercussions of being bilingual, such as changes in language and cognitive control ability, and environmental pressures due to immersion, may influence reading comprehension performance in young and older adulthood.


Contact Information

Office: 3353 Olmsted Hall

Mail: 900 University Ave.
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521 USA

Email: megan.zirnstein AT ucr.edu