Diogo Almeida

Associate Professor of Psychology

New York University Abu Dhabi

I’m an associate professor in Psychology (with an affiliation in Biology) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), where I direct the Language, Mind and Brain Lab (LaMB Lab). My work focuses on different aspects of language processing, such as how we perceive speech, how we retrieve words when hearing speech or reading, and how we parse and understand sentences. I am particularly interested in how the language system communicates with our perceptual and memory systems, and I use neuroimaging methods extensively in my research. I am also very fond of pursuing theoretically motivated cross-linguistic work.

If you are interested in research opportunities in my lab, see here.


  • Cognitive Science
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Generative Linguistics
  • Experimental Syntax
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Neurolinguistics


  • PhD in Linguistics, 2009

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • MA in Cognitive Science, 2003


  • BA in Languages and Literature, 2002

    Pontífica Universidade Católica - Rio (PUC-Rio)


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Resumption ameliorates islands differently: Acceptability data from Modern Standard Arabic

Two acceptability experiments are presented which assess whether resumptive pronouns freely alternate with gaps and/or ameliorate …

Setting the empirical record straight: Acceptability judgments appear to be reliable, robust and replicable

Branigan and Pickering advocate the use of syntactic priming to investigate linguistic representations and argue it overcomes several …

Laryngeal features are phonetically abstract: Mismatch negativity evidence from Arabic, English, and Russian

Many theories of phonology assume that the sound structure of language is made up of distinctive features, but there is considerable …

'Before' and 'after': Investigating the relationship between temporal connectives and chronological ordering using event-related potentials

Sentence-initial temporal clauses headed by before, as in ‘Before the scientist submitted the paper, the journal changed its …

Design sensitivity and statistical power in acceptability judgment experiments

Previous investigations into the validity of acceptability judgment data have focused almost exclusively on type I errors (or false …


During the academic year 2019-2020 year, I will be on sabbatical.

Courses that I have taught in the past at NYUAD and may teach again at some point in the future:

  • PSYCH-UH 1001: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH-UH 2212: Psychology of Language
  • PSYCH-UH 2410: Cognition
  • PSYCH-UH 3615EQ: Lab in Psychology of Language
  • CDAD-UH 1007EQ: The Mind

Recent Posts

First Post

Hello there! This is my first post in this new website. Over the years I’ve tried to maintain a web presence, but I was never …