Benjamin Bergen


Language comprehension and production, including grammar, word meaning, metaphor, profanity, and talking while driving.


Bergen, Benjamin. (2016). What the F: What swearing reveals about our language, our brains, and ourselves. New York: Basic Books.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2012). Louder than words: The new science of how the mind makes meaning. New York: Basic Books.



Gutierrez, E.D., Roger Levy, & Benjamin Bergen. (2016). Finding Non-Arbitrary Form-Meaning Systematicity Using String-Metric Learning for Kernel Regression. Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Sato, Manami and Benjamin Bergen. (2013). The case of the missing pronouns: Does mentally simulated perspective play a functional role in the comprehension of person?. Cognition 127(3):361-74.

Bergen, Benjamin, Nathan Medeiros-Ward, Kathryn Wheeler, Frank Drews, & David Strayer. (2013). The crosstalk hypothesis: Why language interferes with driving. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 142(1): 119-130.

Bergen, B., Wheeler, K. (2010). Grammatical aspect and mental simulation. Brain and Language, 112(3), 150-158.

Bergen, Benjamin, Shane Lindsay, Teenie Matlock, and Srini Narayanan. (2007). Spatial and linguistic aspects of visual imagery in sentence comprehension. Cognitive Science 31: 733-764.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Nancy Chang. (2005). Embodied Construction Grammar in Simulation-Based Language Understanding. In Jan-Ola Östman and Miriam Fried (Eds.), Construction Grammars: Cognitive grounding and theoretical extensions.