Megan Zirnstein

Megan and Starbuck

Assistant Research Psychologist, Department of Psychology

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

Research Interests: Sentence processing; individual differences in reading behavior and comprehension; bilingual language processing; ERPs; eye tracking

Curriculum Vitae


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology in the Perception, Cognition, and Cognitive Neuroscience area from the University of California, Davis.

For the past several years, my research has focused on investigating the behavioral and neural correlates of sentence processing phenomena, as well as individual differences in reading behavior and comprehension ability. In my recent work at Penn State, 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 proficiency and cognitive control ability, may influence reading comprehension 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