Natasha Tokowicz

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Professor (secondary appointment), University of Pittsburgh Department of Linguistics

Member, University of Pittsburgh Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center


Education and Training

PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Second language learning
  • Bilingualism
  • Meaning representation
  • Cognitive neuroscience of language processing

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

Tokowicz, N., Rice, C., & Ekves, Z. (2022). Learning the two translations of translation ambiguous words: Simultaneous vs. consecutive presentation.  Second Language Research.

Wiener, S., & Tokowicz, N. (2021). Language proficiency is only part of the story: Lexical access in heritage and non-heritage bilinguals. Second Language Research, 37, 681–695.

Tocowicz, N., & Degani, T. (2021). Design challenges: development of bilingual materials and making appropriate comparisons. In W.S Francis (Eds.), Bilingualism Across the Lifespan. New York: Routledge

Bruett, H., Calloway, R.C., Tokowicz, N. & Coutanche, M.N. (2020). Neural pattern similarity across concept exemplars predicts memory after a long delay. NeuroImage, 219.

Tokowicz, N. (2020). The Learning Research and Development Center summer undergraduate research internship: A diversity internship in the Learning Sciences. In R. D. Roscoe, E. K. Chiou, & A. R. Wooldridge (Eds.) Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice through Human Systems Engineering (pp. 215-220). CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

Natasha Tokowicz's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Natasha Tokowicz, PI, and Bob Slevc, co-Investigator, University of Maryland, were awarded a new grant from NSF for "Working Memory as Mediating the Role of Music in Learning of a Second Language."

September 2020

Kudos to Natasha Tokowicz, who was named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in 2019. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application.

July 13, 2020

Kudos to PI Marc Coutanche and co-I Natasha Tokowicz for NSF-funded research examining how the brain represents different granularities of a concept (animal, mammal, dog, Labrador, Fido). The work will use a series of fMRI experiments to test competing hypotheses for how the corresponding brain activity influences new learning, retrieval, and consolidation through sleep.

June 12, 2020

Kudos to Natasha Tokowicz and Tim Nokes-Malach for receiving funding from the Pitt Seed Project for their LRDC Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

June 10, 2019

Natasha Tokowicz is the recipient of a University Honors College Faculty Fellows Award. Among other things, she is being recognized for her outstanding work with students pursuing their Bachelor's of Philosophy (B. Phil) projects.

April 16, 2018

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