Bob McMurray

F. Wendell Miller Professor

Bob McMurray CV

Research Interests

On-line spoken word recognition and speech perception in typical adults and in people with language impairment and cochlear implants; the development of speech perception and word learning in infants and children; use of eye tracking, cognitive neuroscience techniques (event related potentials and inter-cranial recording), and computational modeling of perception and perceptual development

Primary Research Area

Developmental Science

Training Areas

Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience


Research Group

Developmental Psychopathology

Developmental Science

Representative Publications

Apfelbaum, K., McMurray, B., & Hazeltine, E. (in press) Statistical learning in reading: Variability in irrelevant letters helps children learn phonics rules. Developmental Psychology.

McMurray, B., Horst, J., and Samuelson, L. (in press) Word learning emerges from the interaction of online referent selection and slow associative learning. Psychological Review

McMurray, B. & Jongman, A. (2011) What information is necessary for speech categorization? Harnessing variability in the speech signal by integrating cues computed relative to expectations. Psychological Review, 118(2), 219-246.

McMurray, B., Samelson, V., Lee, S., and Tomblin, J.B. (2010) Individual differences in online spoken word recognition: Implications for SLI. Cognitive Psychology, 60(1), 1-39.

Research areas
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Development
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Language and Communication
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neural Plasticity
  • Perception
Ph.D. (2004) Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Contact Information

278 Psychological and Brain Sciences Building (PBSB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States


255 Psychological and Brain Sciences Building (PBSB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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