James McQueen

James McQueen

Professor of Learning and Plasticity, Radboud University Nijmegen


Professor James McQueen conducts research into language processing, in particular the learning processes involved in speech perception. Spoken language is highly variable: everyone speaks differently and even an individual’s accent is dependent on context.

Professor McQueen studies cognitive plasticity: how we learn and are able to recognize sounds and words in spite of this variation. He makes comparisons between spoken languages, between dialects, between sign language and the spoken language and between a first and second language. Professor McQueen applies this perspective to research the possibilities for improving teaching methods (for example in learning a second language or learning to read).

Professional publications:

  • Witteman, M.J., Bardhan, N.P., Weber, A.C. & McQueen, J.M. (2011). Adapting to foreign-accented speech: The role of delay in testing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130 (4), 2443-2443. doi: 10.1121/1.3654803
  • Witteman, M.J., Weber, A.C. & McQueen, J.M. (2010). Rapid and long-lasting adaptation to foreign-accented speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128 (4), 2486-2486.
  • Cutler, A., El Aissati, A., Hanuliková, A. & McQueen, J.M. (2010). Effects on speech parsing of vowelless words in the phonology. In Abstracts of Laboratory Phonology 12(pp. 115-116).
  • Hanuliková, A., Mitterer, H.A. & McQueen, J.M. (2008). Native and non-native segmentation of continuous speech. International Journal of Psychology, 43 (3-4), 675-675.
  • Cutler, A., Eisner, F., McQueen, J.M. & Norris, D. (2006). Coping with speaker-related variation via abstract phonemic categories. In Variation, detail and representation: 10th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (pp. 31-32). s.l.: s.n..
  • Andics, A.V., McQueen, J.M. & Turennout, M.I. van (2005). Dissociating acoustic and phonological processing of speech sounds using fMRI. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON) (pp. 239-239). Havana, Cuba: s.n..
  • McQueen, J.M., Smits, R., Cutler, A. & Warner, N.L. (2002). The perception of gated Dutch diphones. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 112 (5), 2359.
James McQueen