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Chernigovskaya Tatiana

Professor, Head of the Department of the Problems of Convergence in Natural Sciences and Humanities, Head of the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies, Doctor of Science in Human Physiology, Member of the Board of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program

Since 1972 working for I.Sechenov Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 1995–Professor of St.Petersburg State University. Teaches courses in Psycho- and Neurolinguistics; special seminars on cerebral basis for language and cognition. Supervisor for graduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. students; consulting teachers and speech therapists.

  • Member of Russian Academy of Education
  • Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • Honorary member of the Semiotic Society of Finland
  • Member of the President Council for Science and Education

Member of the Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Language and Language Behaviour
  • Sensory Systems
  • Journal of Philosophy
  • Journal of Artificial Intelligence
  • Journal of Neurophilosophy
  • Journal of Socio- and Psycholinguistic Studies
  • The International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education
  • The International Journal of Engineering, Management and Information Sciences


  • Grantee of J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship (1998)
  • Grantee of Russian State Scholarship for Outstanding Scientists (1998-2001)

Group leader of international and national grants from Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Russian Scientific Foundation for Research in Humanities, Russian Scientific Foundation and Ministry of Education of Russia. Invited lecturer in many European and North American Universities.

Major research interests

  • Cerebral basis for linguistic and cognitive functions
  • Theory of Mind
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Language evolution and acquisition
  • Mental lexicon organization
  • Language acquisition and pathology


  • Russian (native)
  • English (fluent in speaking, reading, writing)
  • German and French (reasonable in reading and understanding).

More than 350 publications. Multiple participation in pop-science TV and radio programs, public lectures and movies. Gold medal of Russian Academy of Sciences for propagation of scientific knowledge (2017).

  • Grammatical Parallelism Effect in Anaphora Resolution: Using Data from Russian to Choose between Theoretical Approaches. In: International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education. 2017. Vol.5. No.1. P.85-95 (co-authored with V.Prokopenya).
  • What are Little Girls and Boys Made of? Acquisition of Russian Verb Morphology in Monolingual and Bilingual Children. In: Festschrift in Honor of Hanne Simonsen, 2016. P.255-274 (co-authored with E.Tkachenko, K.Gor).
  • Changes in Functional Connectivity Within the Fronto-Temporal Brain Network Induced by Regular and Irregular Russian Verb Production. In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2015. Vol.9. No.36. P.1-10 (co-authored with M.Kireev, N.Slioussar, A.Korotkov, S.Medvedev).
  • Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution in Sentence Processing: New Evidence from a Morphologically Rich Language. In: Proceedings of the Euro Asian Pacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science, 2015. P.129-133 (co-authored with D.Chernova).
  • What Genes and Brain Can Tell Us of How Symbolic Cognition Appeared in the Human Mind. In: Euro Asian Pacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science, 2015. P.335-340 (co-authored with O.Vasileva).
  • An ER-fMRI Study of Russian Inflectional Morphology. In: Brain and Language. 2014. Vol.130. P.33-41 (co-authored with N.Slioussar, M.Kireev, G.Kataeva, A.Korotkov, S.Medvedev).
  • Changes in Functional Connectivity Within the Fronto-Temporal Brain Network Induced by Regular and Irregular Russian Verb Production. In: The Second St.Petersburg Winter Workshop on Experimental Studies of Speech and Language. Abstracts. 28 February–1 March 2014. St.Petersburg, 2014. P.14 (co-authored with M.Kireev, N.Slioussar, G.Kataeva, Korotkov, S.Medvedev).
  • Event-Related Brain Potentials when Conjugating Russian Verbs: The Modularity of Language Procedures. In: Human Physiology, 2014. Vol.40. No.3. P.237-243 (co-authored with S.Danko, J.Boytsova, M.Solovjeva, S.Medvedev).
  • An ER-fMRI Study of Russian Verb Morphology. In: 8th International Morphological Processing Conference in Cambridge, 20-22 June, 2013. Cambridge, 2013. P.10-11 (co-authored with N.Slioussar, M.Kireev, G.Kataeva, A.Korotkov, S.Medvedev).
  • Neuroimaging Study of Inflectional Verbal Morphology: Russian Data. In: 11th Symposium of Psycholinguistics. Tenerife, 2013 (co-authored with M.Kireev, N.Slioussar, A.Korotkov, G.Kataeva, S.Medvedev).
  • Reference Assignment by Russian Aphatic Speakers with Agrammatism. In: 11th Symposium of Psycholinguistics. Tenerife, 2013 (with V.Prokopenya, M.Khrakovskaya).
  • Eye-Movements as an Indicator of Contextual Integration Process While Reading: Evidence from Russian. In: Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP), Madrid 7-9 November 2012. Madrid, 2012 (co-authored with D.Chernova).
  • Processing of Ambiguity: Eye-Tracking Evidence of Lexical Access. In: Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP), Madrid, 7-9 November 2012. Madrid, 2012.
  • Linguistic and Neurophysiological Aspects of Social Interaction in Processing Cognitive Tasks. In: Proceedings of ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics ExLing. Paris, 2011. P.147-150 (co-authored with I.Utekhin).
  • Metacommunicative Devices in Spoken Discourse as Part of Processing Distributed Cognitive Tasks. In: Proceedings of ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics ExLing 2011, 25-27 May 2011, Paris, France. Athens, 2011 (co-authored with I.Utekhin).
  • Past Tense Debate: Brain-Imaging Study of the Russian Verbal Inflectio. In: Conference of Slavic Cognitive Association. Washington D.C., 2011. P.9-10 (co-authored with K.Gor, S.Medvedev).
  • Processing Inflectional Verbal Morphology: PET Study of Russian Data. In: Proceedings of the Fourth ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics. Paris, 2011. P.59-62 (co-authored with K.Gor, G.Kataeva, A.Korotkov, K.Memetova, S.Medvedev).
  • Social Mind or Linguistic Brain? In: Conference on Embodied Language. Oxford, 2011. P.8.
  • Input Frequencies in Processing of Verbal Morphology in l1 and l2: Evidence from Russian. In: Oslo Studies in Language. 2010. Vol.2. No.2. P.281-318 (co-authored with E.Tkachenko).
  • Hold a Mirror Up to Nature. In: 4th International Congress of Cognitive Science. Tomsk, 2010. P.11-12.
  • The Brain and Language: Innate Modules or a Learning Network? In: Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2010. Vol.80. No.3. P.243-247.
  • From Communication Signals to Human Language and Thought: Evolution or Revolution? In: Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology. 2009. Vol.39. No.8. P.785-792.
  • Key Words Structure and Theory of Mind in Communicative Interaction. In: Proceedings of the Thirty-first Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Amsterdam, 2009. P.2012-2013 (co-authored with T.Petrova, Е.Erofeeva).
  • Semiotics of Free Will in Humans and Other Intellectual Beings. In: 10th World Congress of Semiotics. Coruna, 2009. Р.89-90.
  • Language and Reasoning in Humans and Other Animals. In: Text Processing and Cognitive Technologies: Cognitive Modeling in Linguistics (Proceedings of the 10th International Conference). Kazan, 2008. Vol.3. P.86-116.
  • Linguistic Brain vs. Social Mind: Recursive Rules as Human Specific Inborn Capacity or Cultural Development? In: The Third International Conference on Cognitive Science. June 20-25, 2008. Abstracts. Vol.1, 2. Moscow, 2008. P.290-292. (co-authored with Y.Alexandrov, B.Velichkovsky, A.Kibrik, A.Kotov, E.Pechenkova, O.Svarnik).
  • Language Origins and Theory of Mind. In: Fighting for the World's Languages. Paris, 2007. P.105-114.
  • Olfactory and Visual Processing and Verbalization: Cross-Cultural and Neurosemiotic Dimensions. In: Speaking of Colors and Odors. Amsterdam; Philadelphia, 2007. Vol.8. P.227-239.
  • The Mirror Brain, Concepts and Language: The Price for Anthropogenesis. In: Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology. 2007. Vol.37. No.3. P.293-302.
  • Prosodic Clues to Syntactic Processing–a PET and ERP Study. In: NeuroImage. 2006. No.29. P.1127-1134.
  • Sensorimotor and Cognitive Laterality Profiles. In: Human Physiology, 2005. No.2. P.142-149 (co-authored with T.Gavrilova, A.Voinov, K.Strel’nikov).
  • Hemispheric Asymmetry in Prosody Perception by Healthy Subjects and Schizophrenic Patients. In: Human Physiology. 2004. Vol.30. No.4. P.403-409 (co-authored with S.Davtian, N.Petrova, K.Strelnikov).
  • Homo Loquens: Evolution of Cerebral Functions and Language. In: Journal of Evolutionary Biochemistry and Physiology. 2004. Vol.40. No.5. P.495-503.
  • Psychiatry in Free Fall: In Pursuit of a New Foothold. In: Sign Systems Studies. 2003. Vol.31. No.2. P.533-546 (co-authored with S.Davtian).
  • Rules in the Processing of Russian Verbal Morphology. In: Current Issues in Formal Slavic Linguistics. Frankfurt аm Main, 2001. P.528-536.
  • Evolutionary Perspective for Cognitive Function: Cerebral Basis of Heterogeneous Consciousness. In: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies – Semiotica. 1999. Vol.127. No.1-4. P.227-237.
  • Neurosemiotic Approach to Cognitive Functions. In: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies–Semiotica. 1999. Vol.127. P.227-237.
  • Evolutionary Physiology: History, Principles. In: Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology. 1997. Vol.118A. No.1. P.63-79 (with Y.Natochin).
  • Cerebral asymmetry–a Neuropsychological Parallel to Semiogenesis. In: Acta Coloquii. Bochum Publications in Evolutionary Cultural Semiotics, Language in the Wurm Glaciation. 1996. Vol.27. P.53-64.
  • Cerebral Lateralization for Cognitive and Linguistic Abilities: Neuropsychological and Cultural Aspects. In: Studies in Language Origins. 1994. Vol.3. P.55-76.
  • Brain Functional Asymmetry and Neural Organization of Linguistic Competence. In: Brain and Language. 1986. Vol.29. No.1. P.41-155 (co-authored with V.Deglin).
  • Bilingualism and Brain Functional Asymmetry. In: Brain and Language. 1983. Vol.20. P.195-216 (co-authored with L.Balonov, V.Deglin).