Charles Perfetti

Director, Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center

Distinguished University Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology

Co-Director, Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center


Education and Training

PhD, University of Michigan

Research Interests

My central research interest is in the cognitive science of reading and language processes. The research spans lower and higher level processes and the nature of reading ability and second language processes. My approach involves multiple research methods in behavioral, ERP and fMRI labs. The general goal is to achieve a richer view of language processes by the combination of methods.

2nd Language Learning Bilingualism Cognitive Neuroscience Comprehension Imaging Methods Learning & Memory Reading Processes

Related Research Areas

Cognitive & Neural Foundations of Learning Reading & Language

Recent Publications

Verhoeven, L. & Perfetti, C. (2021). Universals in learning to read across languages and writing systems. Scientific Studies of Reading.

Chang, L.Y., Tseng, C.C., Perfetti, C.A.,& Chen, H.C. (2021). Development and validation of a Chinese pseudo-character/non-character producing system. Behavior Research Methods.

Zhou, L., &  Perfetti, C. (2021) Consistency and regularity effects in character identification: A greater role for global than local mapping congruence. Brain and Language,Volume 22.

Guan, C. Q., Fraundorf, S. H., & Perfetti, C, A. (2020). Character and child factors contribute to character recognition development among good and poor Chinese readers from grade 1 to 6. Annals of Dyslexia.

Bhide, A., Ortega-Llebaria, M., Fraundorf, S.H., & Perfetti, C.A. (2020). The contribution of orthographic input, phonological skills, and rise time discrimination to the learning of non-native phonemic contrasts. Applied Psycholinguistics.

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News and Awards

BBC on-line news interviewed LRDC Director Charles Perfetti for "Dubs or Subs? Parasite Renews Debate on How to Watch Foreign Films."

February 23, 2020


Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and LRDC Director Charles Perfetti has been elected to the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) "In Honor Of...” program. The “In Honor of..." program recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. Only two other University of Pittsburgh faculty members have been honored in this program, Robert Glaser and Lauren Resnick, making a trifecta of LRDC directors honored by FABBS.

July 31, 2017


Charles Perfetti was awarded the Distinguished Scholar award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG): Research in Reading and Literacy for his outstanding contributions to research in reading and literacy.

May 1, 2017

LRDC Director Charles Perfetti is among the top ten Highest Cited American Scholars in the field of Education. Chuck is the most influential in the area of reading. Former LRDC faculty member Micki Chi is also a member of this distinguished group for her work in instructional design.

June 20, 2016


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