Thomas Bever

Regents' Professor, Department of Linguistics

Thomas Bever is a Regents’ Professor in linguistics, psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience. His research areas include sentence comprehension, cerebral asymmetries in humans and animals, constraints on learning in humans and animals, spatial cognition in humans and animals, reading, and aesthetics. The recipient of many awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Prize, Bever is considered a pioneer in the fields of psycholinguistics and cognitive science. Bever was one of the first graduate students in the linguistics program that started at MIT by Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle.