Curriculum Vitae

Neil Cohn, Ph.D.


neilcohn@visuallanguagelab.com
http://www.visuallanguagelab.com


Center for Research in Language
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
Dept. 0526
La Jolla, CA 92093-0526

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Profile on Academia.edu



Research Interests


Visual language, narrative structure, cognitive/conceptual semantics, event structure, cognitive neuroscience, cross-cultural cognition, cognition and development of drawing, visual language in education, cross-modal cognition, multimodality



Education and Employment


2012. Ph.D. Tufts University. Psychology. (Advisors: Ray Jackendoff, Gina Kuperberg, Phil Holcomb)
2010. M.S. Tufts University. Psychology.
2005. M.A. University of Chicago. Social Sciences (multidisciplinary)
2002. B.A. with Honors. University of California, Berkeley. Asian Studies: Japan and Buddhism
  • Spring 2001. Tsuru Bunka Daigaku (Tsuru University). Tsuru, Japan. (Exchange Student)


Academic Employment


2013-2014. Lecturer. Linguistics Department, UCSD.
2012-2013. Postdoctoral Fellow. Center for Research in Language, UCSD. (Advisors: Marta Kutas, Jeff Elman)
2011. Lecturer. Experimental College. Tufts University.
2009-2010. Lecturer. Osher Lifetime Learning Center. Tufts University.
2006-2012. Teaching assistant. Psychology Department. Tufts University.
2005. Research Assistant. Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago. (PI: Christopher Johnson)



Awards


2013. Robert J. Glushko Dissertation Prize. Cognitive Science Society.
2012-2013. UCSD Center for Research in Language Postdoctoral Training Grant (NIH Funded).
2007. Tufts Graduate Institute for Teaching Fellowship.
2007. M. Thomas Inge Award for Comics Scholarship.
2006-2012. Tufts Center for Cognitive Studies Graduate Fellowship (Tuition and Stipend)
2003. Best Essay, Berkeley Undergradate Journal.
2002. Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars.



Publications


The Visual Language of Comics

Books: Scholarly


Cohn, Neil. 2013. The Visual Language of Comics: Introduction to the Structure and Cognition of Sequential Images. London: Bloomsbury.

Cohn, Neil. 2003. Early Writings on Visual Language. Carlsbad: Emaki Productions.



Works as Author/Illustrator (*) or Illustrator


Dennett, Daniel and Neil Cohn. 2013. Chinese Room.

Cohn, Neil*. 2012. "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats (illustrated adaptation). In Kick, Russ (ed). The Graphic Canon: The Definitive Anthology of the World's Great Literature as Comics and Visuals, Volume 2. New York: Seven Stories Press.

Jackendoff, Ray. 2012. A User’s Guide to Thought and Meaning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jackendoff, Ray. 2010. Meaning and the Lexicon. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cohn, Neil*. 2005. Meditations. Carlsbad: Emaki Productions.

Hasegawa, Yoko. 2005. Elementary Japanese. Rutleland: Tuttle.

Hartmann, Thom and Neil Cohn*. 2004. We the People: A Call to Take Back America. Portland: Coreway Media.



Peer-Reviewed Papers


Cohn, Neil. In Press. You’re a good structure, Charlie Brown: The distribution of narrative categories in comic strips. Cognitive Science.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. Framing “I can’t draw”: The influence of cultural frames on the development of drawing. Culture & Psychology. 20(1): 102-117.

Cohn, Neil. 2013. Beyond speech balloons and thought bubbles: The integration of text and image. Semiotica. 2013(197): 35-63.

Cohn, Neil, and Martin Paczynski. 2013. Prediction, events, and the advantage of Agents: The processing of semantic roles in visual narrative. Cognitive Psychology. 67 (3):73-97.

Cohn, Neil. 2013. Navigating comics: An empirical and theoretical approach to strategies of reading comic page layouts. Frontiers in Cognitive Science. 4: 1-15

Cohn, Neil. 2013. Visual narrative structure. Cognitive Science. 37(3): 413-452

Cohn, Neil. 2012. Explaining “I can’t draw”: Parallels between the structure and development of language and drawing. Human Development. 55(4): 167-192

Cohn, Neil, Amaro Taylor-Weiner, and Suzanne Grossman. 2012. Framing attention in Japanese and American comics: Cross-cultural differences in attentional structure. Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. 3: 1-12

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, Ray Jackendoff, Phil Holcomb, and Gina Kuperberg. 2012. (Pea)nuts and bolts of visual narratives: Structure and meaning in sequential image comprehension. Cognitive Psychology. 65(1): 1-38

Cohn, Neil. 2012. Comics, linguistics, and visual language: The past and future of a field. In Bramlett, Frank (ed). Linguistics and the Study of Comics (pp. 92-118). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cohn, Neil. 2011. A different kind of cultural frame: An analysis of panels in American comics and Japanese manga. Image[&]Narrative. 12(1): 120-134.

Cohn, Neil. 2010. Extra! Extra! Semantics in comics!: The conceptual structure of Chicago Tribune advertisements. Journal of Pragmatics. 42(11): 3138–3146.

Cohn. Neil. 2010. The limits of time and transitions: Challenges to theories of sequential image comprehension. Studies in Comics. 1(1): 127-147.

Kuperberg, Gina, Arim Choi, Neil Cohn, Martin Paczynski, and Ray Jackendoff. 2010. Electrophysiological correlates of complement coercion. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 22(12): 2685-2701.

Cohn, Neil. 2007. A visual lexicon. Public Journal of Semiotics. 1(1): 35-56.

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts


Wilson, Colin, Neil Cohn, James Myers, Stephen J. Goldberg, and Ariel Cohen-Goldberg. 2012. Grammatical approaches to written and graphical communication. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R.P. Cooper (Eds), Proceedings of the 34rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 52-53). Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil, Amaro Taylor-Weiner, and Suzanne Grossman. 2012. Framing attention in American and Japanese comics. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R.P. Cooper (Eds), Proceedings of the 34rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 240-245). Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2012. Segmenting visual narratives: Evidence for constituent structure in comics. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R.P. Cooper (Eds), Proceedings of the 34rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 234-239). Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2011. Comics on the brain: Structure and meaning in sequential image comprehension. In L. Carlson, C. Hoelscher, & T. Shipley (Eds), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 3122-3127). Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society.



Invited Papers


MangaCohn. Neil. 2010. Japanese Visual Language: The structure of manga. In Johnson-Woods, Toni (ed). Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives. (pp. 187-203). New York: Continuum Books.

Cohn, Neil. 2005. Un-defining “comics”: Separating the cultural from the structural in “comics.” International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 7(2): 236-248.


Articles for the online magazine ComixTalk:


Cohn, Neil. 2004. Methods of the enlightened. Aya-Com Text, 1: 1-7

Cohn, Neil. 2003. A time frame of mind. Berkeley Undergraduate Journal, 31: 1-34.

Papers Translated into other languages


Cohn, Neil. Aug. 2013-Present. El lingüista ilustrado [The Visual Linguist]. Ongoing monthly column in Revista Exégesis. Translated into Spanish by Simud.

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2011. Impacto da estrutura e significado na imagem seqüencial Compreensão [Impact of structure and meaning on sequential image comprehension]. Translated into Portuguese by Pedro Moura. In Moura, Pedro (Ed). Rei Rubro. Antologia internacional de ensaios sobre banda desenhada, ilustração e animação. Vol. 1. Montesinos: Lisboa.

Cohn. Neil. 2010. Разбијање Аефиниције Стрипа [Un-defining “comics”]. Translated into Serbian by Branko Djukić. Stripolis. Vol. 2.

Cohn. Neil. 2009. Razbijanje definicije “stripa”: odvajanje kulturalnog od strukturalnog u “stripu” [Un-defining “comics”]. Translated into Croatian by Monika Bregovic. Zarez. Vol. 247(8).



Speaking


Selected Invited Speaking


Speaking Cohn, Neil. 2013. Workshop on Visual Narrative Grammar. Stony Brook University Linguistics Department. Stony Brook, NY. October 5, 2013.

Cohn, Neil. 2013. The grammar of visual narratives. Stony Brook University Linguistics Department Colloquium. Stony Brook, NY. October 4, 2013.

Cohn, Neil. 2013. Visual language theory: What comics can tell us about the mind (and vice-versa). US Navy: Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center—Pacific. San Diego, CA. March 6, 2013.


Cohn, Neil. 2012. Visual language theory: The structure of sequential images. (Keynote) Meeting on the Psychology of Manga. Chiba University, Japan. August 7, 2012. [In English and Japanese]

Cohn, Neil. 2009. What is “Visual Language”? Psychology Department Brown Bag Lunch Talks, Dartmouth University, October 22, 2009.

Cohn, Neil. 2009. Foundations for a visual language grammar. Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. MIT, October 9-10, 2009.

Cohn, Neil. 2010. Japanese Visual Language. Showa Boston. Tufts University, September 5, 2010. [in English and Japanese]

Cohn, Neil. 2009. What is “Visual Language”? Visual Thinking Lecture Series. University of Toronto, Canada, May 14, 2009.

Cohn, Neil, Chip Gidney, and Naif al-Mutwa. 2009. Superheroes in a Globally Connected World. Panel discussion at Tufts University, January 26, 2009.

Cohn, Neil. 2008. What is “Visual Language”? (Keynote) Visual and Iconic Languages Conference. San Diego, CA, July 22, 2008.

Cohn, Neil. 2008. What comics can tell us about the mind? VizThink’08. San Francisco, CA, January 27-29, 2008.

Cohn, Neil. 2007. Foundations for a natural visual language grammar. (Keynote) Visual and Iconic Languages Conference. University of New Mexico, August 2, 2007.

Cohn, Neil. 2007. The visual language of comics. CAST, Inc. Wakefield, MA, March 14, 2007.

Cohn, Neil. 2004. Visual language. Museum of Contemporary Art. Los Angeles, CA, September 5, 2004.



Selected Conference Talks


Cohn, Neil. 2013, August. Structure, meaning, and constituency in visual narrative comprehension. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.

Cohn, Neil. 2012, August. The grammar of visual narratives: Structure and processing of sequential images in comics. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

Cohn, Neil, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2012, August. Segmenting visual narratives: Constituent structure in comics. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

Cohn, Neil, Amaro Taylor-Weiner, and Suzanne Grossman. 2012, August. Framing attention in American and Japanese comics. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

Cohn, Neil, Ray Jackendoff, Phil Holcomb, and Gina Kuperberg. 2012. Constituency structure in visual narrative: Evidence from reading times and event-related potentials. Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Chicago. IL, April 2, 2012.

Cohn, Neil. 2011. Probing Comics. Comic Studies Conference. New York, NY, October 15, 2011.

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2011. This is your brain on comics: Impact of structure and meaning on sequential image comprehension. Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, CA, April 6, 2011.

Cohn, Neil. 2007. The grammar of comics. PCA/ACA National Conference. Boston, MA.

Cohn, Neil. 2005. Towards a visual language grammar. Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature. Jagiellonian University, Poland, March 17-19, 2005.

Cohn, Neil. 2004. Bimodality of language. Scottish Word/Image Group. University of Dundee, Scotland, May 8, 2004.


Frequent speaker at the Comic Arts Conference at Comic-Con International. San Diego, CA:


    2013 - Comics and the Brain. July 19, 2013.
    2010 - This is Your Brain on Comics. July 24, 2010
    2009 - Action Starring Narrative and Events. July 23, 2009
    2008 - Japanese Visual Language. July 25, 2008
    2007 - Navigating Comics. July 27, 2007
    2007 - Comics and Education. Group Panel. July 26, 2007
    2006 - The Secret of Sequence. July 21, 2006
    2005 - The Visual Language of Comics. July 15, 2005
    2005 - A Force of Change. July 14, 2005
    2004 - The Union of Text and Image. July 24, 2004
    2004 - Defining Comics, Again!? Group panel. July 22, 2004
    2003 - Beyond Panel Transitions: A New Look at Sequentiality. July 18, 2003
    2002 - Introduction to Visual Language. August 1, 2002


Conference Posters


PosterCohn, Neil, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2013, April. Climaxing unexpectedly: Event-related potentials to structural and semantic violations in sequential image processing. Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, CA.

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2011, September. Comics on the brain: Structure and meaning in sequential image comprehension. Poster presented at the 51st Annual Conference of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Boston, MA.

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2011, August. Comics on the brain: Structure and meaning in sequential image comprehension. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg. 2010, March. Impact of structure and meaning on sequential image comprehension. Poster presented at the 23nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York, NY.



Teaching


Pedagogical Training


Graduate Institute for Teachers. Summer 2007. Tufts University, Medford MA.



Class Instruction


Cognition of Comics. Spring 2014. UC San DIego, Cognitive Science Department. La Jolla, CA. (*Scheduled)

Language of Comics. Winter 2014. UC San DIego, Linguistics Department. La Jolla, CA.

Introduction to the Study of Language. Fall 2013. UC San DIego, Linguistics Department. La Jolla, CA.

Martial Arts: History, Philosophy, Life. Spring 2011. Tufts University: Experimental College, Medford MA.

How Language Works. Summer 2010. Tufts University: Osher Lifetime Learning Center, Medford, MA.

Comics and The Mind. Fall 2009. Tufts University: Osher Lifetime Learning Center. Medford, MA.

The Visual Linguistics of Comics. Spring 2009. Tufts University: Psychology Department. Medford, MA.


Teaching Assistantship (Tufts University)


With Ray Jackendoff — Intro to Linguistics (Fall 2006, 2007, 2008), Syntactic Theory (Spring 2007, 2010), Biological Foundations of Language (Spring 2008, 2010)

With Ariel Goldberg — Intro to Linguistics (Fall 2009, 2011), Intro to Psychology (Fall 2010)

With Phil Holcomb — Intro to Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Spring 2011, 2012)


Consulting


Reading with Pictures, Comics and education initiative
Fall 2012-Present. Research Consultant — Advising for role of comics in education

Archie Comics, Education Initiative
Fall 2010. Research Consultant — Advising for role of comics in education

CAST Inc., Universal Design for Learning: “Composition Initiative”
2005-2006. National Advisory Board Member — Advising for role of comics in education


Martial Arts Training


Training


Soo Bahk DoSoo Bahk Do, Moo Duk Kwan Federation
1993 - Present. Fourth Dan ("Black" Belt), Sa Bom (Certified Master Instructor).
Instructor: Ted Mason Sa Bom Nim, Carlsbad, CA.

Tai Chi
1999 - 2003
. Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi.
Instructor: Sifu Jarl Forsman, Berkeley, CA
2004 - 2005. Tai Chi Tao Club at University of Chicago

Other
1999 - 2000.
Aikido.
Instructor: Kayla Feder Sensei, Berkeley, CA.
2001. Shorinji Kempo. Club at Tsuru University, Tsuru, Japan


Instruction


1993 - Present: Instructor Oceanside/Carlsbad Soo Bahk Do.
2007 - 2012: Head Instructor of the Tufts Soo Bahk Do Club.
2008 - 2011: Head Instructor of Tai Chi athletics course, Tufts University Athletics Department
2005 - 2006. Instructor at Rising Phoenix Martial Arts at Quads Gym. Chicago, IL.
2002 - 2003. Instructor for Soo Bahk Do at Longfellow Arts Middle School: Extended Day Program. Berkeley, CA.