Curriculum Vitae

Neil Cohn, Ph.D.


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



Tilburg University
Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)
P.O. Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands

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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, emoji


Education

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

2001

Tsuru Bunka Daigaku (Tsuru University). Tsuru, Japan. (Exchange Student)


Academic Employment

2016-Present

Assistant Professor. Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication. Tilburg University.

2014-2015.

Postdoctoral Fellow. Institute for Neural Computation, UCSD.

2013-2015

Lecturer. Departments of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, 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

2014-2015

UCSD Institute for Neural Computation Postdoctoral Training Grant (T32).

2013

Robert J. Glushko Dissertation Prize. Cognitive Science Society.

2012-2013

UCSD Center for Research in Language Postdoctoral Training Grant (T32).

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

Books: Scholarly

2016

Cohn, Neil (Ed.). 2016. The Visual Narrative Reader. London: Bloomsbury.

The Visual Language of Comics

2013

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

2003

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


Papers

2018

Cohn, Neil, Jessika Axnér, Michaela Diercks, Rebecca Yeh, and Kaitlin Pederson. The cultural pages of comics: Cross-cultural variation in page layouts. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

Cohn, Neil. 2018. In defense of a “grammar” in the visual language of comics. Journal of Pragmatics. 127: 1-19

2017

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, and Marta Kutas. 2017. Not so secret agents: Event-related potentials to semantic roles in visual event comprehension. Brain and Cognition. 119: 1-9.

Cohn, Neil, Tom Foulsham, Tim J. Smith, & Jeffrey M. Zacks. 2017. Static and dynamic visual narratives, by brain and by eye. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. J. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 23-24). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil, Vivian Wong, Kaitlin Pederson & Ryan Taylor. 2017. Path salience in motion events from verbal and visual languages. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. J. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1794-1799). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (Poster)

Cohn, Neil, Ryan Taylor, and Kaitlin Pederson. 2017. A picture is worth more words over time: Multimodality and narrative structure across eight decades of American superhero comics. Multimodal Communication. 6(1): 19-37.

Cohn, Neil and Marta Kutas. 2017. What’s your neural function, visual narrative conjunction? Grammar, meaning, and fluency in sequential image processing. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. 2(27): 1-13.

Manfredi, Mirella, Neil Cohn, and Marta Kutas. 2017. When a hit sounds like a kiss: an electrophysiological exploration of semantic processing in visual narrative. Brain and Language. 169: 28-38.

Cohn, Neil and Patrick Bender. 2017. Drawing the line between constituent structure and coherence relations in visual narratives. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 43(2): 289-301

2016

Pratha, Nimish K., Natalie Avunjian, and Neil Cohn. 2016. Pow, punch, pika, and chu: The structure of sound effects in genres of American comics and Japanese manga. Multimodal Communication.5(2): 93-109.

Pederson, Kaitlin and Neil Cohn. 2016. The changing pages of comics: Page layouts across eight decades of American superhero comics. Studies in Comics. 7(1): 7-28.

Cohn, Neil. 2016. From Visual Narrative Grammar to Filmic Narrative Grammar: The narrative structure of static and moving images. In Wildfeuer, Janina & John A. Bateman (eds.). Film text analysis: New perspectives on the analysis of filmic meaning. (pp. 94-117). London, New York: Routledge.

Cohn, Neil. 2016. Sequential images are not universal, or Caveats for using visual narratives in experimental tasks. In Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D., & Trueswell, J.C. (Eds.) (2016). Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil, Emily L. Coderre, L.N. Kendall, and Joseph P. Magliano. 2016. Comics and Cognitive Systems: The processing of visual narratives. In Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D., & Trueswell, J.C. (Eds.) (2016). Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil, Beena Murthy, and Tom Foulsham. 2016. Meaning above the head: Combinatorial constraints on the visual vocabulary of comics. Journal of Cognitive Psychology.28(5): 559-574.

Foulsham, Tom, Dean Wybrow, and Neil Cohn. 2016. Reading without words: Eye-movements in the comprehension of comic strips. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 30: 566-579

Hagmann, Carl Erick, and Neil Cohn. 2016. The pieces fit: Constituent structure and global coherence of visual narrative in RSVP. Acta Psychologica. 164:157-164

Cohn, Neil and Sean Ehly. 2016. The vocabulary of manga: Visual morphology in dialects of Japanese Visual Language. Journal of Pragmatics. 92: 17-29.

Cohn, Neil. 2016. A multimodal parallel architecture: A cognitive framework for multimodal interactions. Cognition. 146: 304-323.

2015

Cohn, Neil. 2015. Narrative conjunction’s junction function: The interface of narrative grammar and semantics in sequential images. Journal of Pragmatics. 88: 105-132

Cohn, Neil, and Marta Kutas. 2015. Getting a cue before getting a clue: Event-related potentials to inference in visual narrative comprehension. Neuropsychologia. 77: 267-278.

Cohn, Neil, and Eva Wittenberg. 2015. Action starring narratives and events: Structure and inference in visual narrative comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 27(7): 812-828.

Cohn, Neil. 2015. Climbing trees and seeing stars: Combinatorial structure in comics and diverse domains. In Toivonen, Ida, Piroska Csúri & Emilie van der Zee. (Ed). Structures in the Mind: Essays on Language, Music, and Cognition in Honor of Ray Jackendoff (pp. 379-392). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Cohn, Neil and Hannah Campbell. 2015. Navigating comics II: Constraints on the reading order of page layouts. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 29: 193-199.

Cohn, Neil, and Stephen Maher. 2015. The notion of the motion: The neurocognition of motion lines in visual narratives. Brain Research. 1601: 73-84.

Cohn, Neil and Beena Murthy. 2015. That went over my head: Constraints on the visual vocabulary of comics. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio
 (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil and Kent Worcester. 2015. Visual Language: Neil Cohn and Kent Worcester in conversation. International Journal of Comic Art. 17(1): 1-23

2014

Cohn, Neil, Ray Jackendoff, Phillip Holcomb, and Gina Kuperberg. 2014. The grammar of visual narratives: Neural evidence for constituent structure in visual narrative comprehension. Neuropsychologia. 64: 63-70.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. You’re a good structure, Charlie Brown: The distribution of narrative categories in comic strips. Cognitive Science, 38(7), 1317-1359.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. Building a better “comic theory”: Shortcomings of theoretical research on comics how to overcome them. Studies in Comics. 5(1), 57-75.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. The architecture of visual narrative comprehension: the interaction of narrative structure and page layout in understanding comics. Frontiers in Psychology. 5: 680

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 and Stephen Maher. 2014. Comprehending action in depicted paths: Evidence from the cognition of motion lines in visual narratives. In M. Bello P., Guarini M., McShane M. & Scassellati B. (Eds), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. Narrative conjunction’s junction function: A theoretical model of “additive” inference in visual narratives. In M. Bello P., Guarini M., McShane M. & Scassellati B. (Eds), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil, David Wagner, Tom Foulsham, and John Drury. 2014. The cognition of comics: What comics can tell us about the mind. In M. Bello P., Guarini M., McShane M. & Scassellati B. (Eds), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society.

2013

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.

2012

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.

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.

2011

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, 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.

2010

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. 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.

2007

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

2005

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

2004

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

2003

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


Public Outreach

2015

Cohn, Neil. 2015. Will emoji become a new language? BBC-Futures. October 13, 2015

2004-2007

Articles for the online magazine ComixTalk:


Works Translated into other languages

2016

Cohn, Neil. 2016. 視覚的物語の理解の仕組 [The architecture of visual narrative comprehension]. International Manga Research Center. Translated into Japanese by Tadahiro Tanaguchi.

2013-2016

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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).


Works as Author/Illustrator (*) or Illustrator

2013

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

2012

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.

2010

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

2005

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

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

2004

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


Speaking


Invited Workshops

2015

Diversity in visual language studies. Kyoto Seika University, Japan. September 23, 2015.

The Visual Language of Comics. University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT. June 23-24, 2015.

2014

The Cognition of the Visual Language of Comics. June 23, 2014. University of Bremen. Bremen, Germany.

Linguistics, Comics, and the Cognition of Visual Language. June 21, 2014. University of Freiburg, Institute of Media. Freiburg, Germany.

2013

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


Selected Keynotes

2017

Cohn, Neil. 2017. The Visual Language of Comics: What comics can tell us about the mind (and vice versa). Iconicity in Language and Literature conference. University of Brighton, UK. April 7, 2017.

2015

Cohn, Neil. 2015. The scientific study of comics’ visual language. Comicology: Probing practical scholarship. Kyoto Seika University and the Kyoto Manga Museum, Japan. September 26, 2015.

Cohn, Neil. 2015. Cognition, complexity, and cross-cultural diversity of the grammar of visual narratives. Meeting on the Psychology of Manga. Chiba University, Japan. September 19, 2015.

2014

Cohn, Neil. 2014. What comics can tell us about the mind (and vice versa). German ComFor Conference. Berlin, Germany. September 27, 2014.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. The neurocognition of comics: What comics can tell us about the mind (and vice versa). Empirical approaches to comics workshop. Berlin, Germany. September 20, 2014.

2012

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

2008

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

2007

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


Selected Invited Speaking

2017

SpeakingCohn, Neil. 2017. Narrative Grammar. Workshop on narrative. University of Strathclyde, UK. May 20, 2017.

Cohn, Neil. 2017. The Visual Language of Comics. Birkbeck University of London, UK. April 5, 2017.

Cohn, Neil. 2017. This is your brain on comics. University of Essex, UK. April 4, 2017.

Cohn, Neil. 2017. The Visual Language of Comics. Sheffield Hallam University, UK. April 3, 2017.

Cohn, Neil. 2017. Fluency of the Visual Language of Comics. Center for the Interdisciplinary study of Language & Literacy. Northern Illinois University. March 22, 2017.

Cohn, Neil. 2017. The grammar(s) of visual narrative: What can comics tell us about cross-modal cognition? Cognition, Communication and Learning guest seminar, Lund University, Sweden. March 7, 2017.

Cohn, Neil. 2017. Visual Language Theory and the scientific study of comics. Empirical Studies in Comics Conference. Bremen University, Germany. February 6-9, 2017.

2016

Cohn, Neil. 2016. The structure and cognition of visual narratives. Centre for Cognitive Semiotics Lecture Series. Lund University, Sweden. November 10, 2016.

Cohn, Neil. 2016. Cross-cultural diverstiy and the cognition of visual narratives. Diversity in Language, Culture and Cognition colloquium series. Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics. Nijmegen, The Netherlands. November 10, 2016.

Cohn, Neil. 2016. The structure and cognition of visual narrative. Mälardalen University. Sweden. April 21, 2016.

Cohn, Neil. 2016. The Visual Language of Comics. University of Niš Center for Cognitive Studies lecture series. Niš, Serbia. April 13, 2016.

2015

Cohn, Neil. 2015. The Visual Language of Comics: What comics can tell us about the mind (and vice versa). UC Berkeley School of Information Sciences. Berkeley, CA. March 17, 2015.

2014

Cohn, Neil. 2014. The cognition of the visual language of comics. Department of Linguistics, University of Bielefeld. Bielfeld, Germany. September 24, 2014.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. The narrative grammar of comics, film, and discourse. Recent Paradigms of Film Studies Lecture Series. University of Bremen. Bremen, Germany. June 25, 2014.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. The structure of events. Psycholinguistics lecture series. Saarland University. Saarbrücken, Germany. June 17, 2014.

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.

2009

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.

2010

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

2009

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.

2007

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

2017

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

2014

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

Selected Conference Talks

2017

Cohn, Neil. 2017, September. Visual narrative grammar. Paper presented at the European Narratology Network 5 conference. Prague, Czech Republic.

Cohn, Neil. 2017, July. Your brain on comics: Towards a processing model of visual narrative. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. London, England, UK.

2016

Cohn, Neil. 2016. Visual narratives and converging evidence: The processing of visual narratives. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Philadelphia, PA: Cognitive Science Society.

Cohn, Neil. 2016. Sequential images are not universal, or Caveats for using visual narratives in experimental tasks. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Philadelphia, PA: Cognitive Science Society.

2015

Cohn, Neil and Beena Murthy. 2015, July. That went over my head: Constraints on the visual vocabulary of comics. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Pasadena, California USA.

2014

Cohn, Neil and Stephen Maher. 2014, July. Comprehending action in depicted paths. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Québec City, Canada.

Cohn, Neil. 2014, July. What comics can tell us about the mind. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Québec City, Canada.

Cohn, Neil. 2014, July. An introduction to visual language theory. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Québec City, Canada.

Cohn, Neil. 2014. The Cognition of Comics. Comic Arts Conference at WonderCon: Anaheim. April 20, 2014.

2013

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.

2012

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.

2011

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.

2007

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

2005

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

2004

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

2002-2016

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


    2016 - Superheroes and comics transform learning. July 22, 2016.
    2016 - Data-driven comics research. July 25, 2016.
    2015 - The Scientific Study of The Visual Language of Comics. July 10, 2015. (VIDEO)
    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


2017

Cohn, Neil, Vivian Wong, Kaitlin Pederson & Ryan Taylor. 2017, July. Path salience in motion events from verbal and visual languages. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. London, England, UK.

2016

Cohn, Neil, Martin Paczynski, & Marta Kutas. 2016, April. Action expectancy during event comprehension in sequential images. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. New York, NY.

Calma, Nicole E., Neil Cohn, & John Drury. 2016, April. Who’s surfing the same (brain)waves? ERP interference patterns across music, language, arithmetic, and visual narrative. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. New York, NY.

2015

Cohn, Neil & Marta Kutas. 2015, April. What’s your function narrative conjunction? Event-related potentials to narrative conjunction in sequential image processing. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, CA.

Manfredi, Mirella, Neil Cohn, & Marta Kutas. 2015, April. When a hit sounds like a kiss: An electrophysiological exploration of semantic processing in visual narrative. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, CA.

2014

Cohn, Neil. 2014, July. Narrative conjunction’s junction function. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Québec City, Canada.

Cohn, Neil & Stephen Maher. 2014, April. The notion of the motion: The neurocognition of motion lines in visual narratives. Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Boston, MA.

2013

Cohn, 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.

2011

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.

2010

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


2007

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


Class Instruction

2017

Cognition of Visual Narratives. Spring 2017. Tilburg University, Department of Information and Communication Sciences. Tilburg, Netherlands.

Visual Language of Comics. Fall 2017. Tilburg University, Department of Information and Communication Sciences. Tilburg, Netherlands.

2016

Visual Language of Comics. Fall 2016. Tilburg University, Department of Information and Communication Sciences. Tilburg, Netherlands. Multimodality & Communication. Fall 2016. Tilburg University, Department of Information and Communication Sciences. Tilburg, Netherlands.

Cognitive Psychology. Spring 2016. San Diego State University, Psychology Department. San Diego, CA.

2014-15

Language of Comics. Winter 2014, Fall 2015. UC San Diego, Linguistics Department. La Jolla, CA.

Language of Comics. Winter 2014, Fall 2015. UC San Diego, Linguistics Department. La Jolla, CA.

2013

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2009

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

Present

LingoZING!
Fall 2015-Present. Educational Research Consultant — Advising for role of comics in education

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

2010

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

2005

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