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Alexander Kranjec, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

217 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.1613


Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, City University of New York, 2006
B.A., Philosophy, Grinnell College, 1995

Alexander Kranjec studied Philosophy at Grinnell College and received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the City University of New York. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Neurology Department and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Dr. Kranjec studies how the mind and brain represent meaning, with and without language. He uses cognitive behavioral methods, neuroimaging (fMRI) and non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS) in normal participants, and lesion analysis methods in patients with focal brain damage. He is particularly interested in how our representations of space bias and facilitate thought in other domains. At Duquesne he hopes to bridge phenomenological and cognitive neuroscience approaches to psychology.

"human (neuro)science lab"

Recent Publications

Kranjec, A. (2015). Conceptual art made simple for neuroaesthetics. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, May 12. doi: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00267/full

Kranjec, A., Lupyan, G., & Chatterjee, A. (2014). Catergorical biases in perceiving spatial relations. PLoS One, May 28. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098604

Woods, A., Hamilton, R., Kranjec, A., Minhaus, P., Bikson, M., Yu, J., & Chatrjee, A. (2014). Space, time, and causality in the human brain. Neuroimage, May 15(92), 285-297. doi: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24561228

Kranjec, A., Ianni, G., & Chatterjee, A. (2013). Schemas reveal spatial relations to a patient with simultanagnosia. Cortex, Jul-Aug; 49(7), 1983-1988.

Kranjec, A. (2013). Thought is a material: Talking with Mel Bochner about space, art, and language. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(12), 2015-2024. 

Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., Schmidt, G., Lehet, M., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). Deconstructing events: The neural bases for space, time and causality. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(1), 1-16. 

*Amorapanth, P., ∆Kranjec, A., Bromberger, B., Lehet, M., Widick, P., Woods, A., Chatterjee, A. (2012). Language, perception, and the schematic representation of spatial relations. Brain and Language, 120, 226-236.
(*The first two authors contributed equally to this work ∆ Corresponding Author)

Cardillo, E., Watson, C. E., Schmidt, G., Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). From novel to familiar: Tuning the brain for metaphors. Neuroimage, 59, 3212-3221. 

Schmidt, G. L., Cardillo, E. R., Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., Widick, P., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). Not all analogies are created equal: Associative and categorical analogy processing following brain damage. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1372-1379.

Kranjec, A., Amorapanth, P., & Chatterjee, A. (2011). The schematic representation of spatial relations: evidence from group and single-case lesion studies. In L. Carlsonm, C. Holscher & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the thirty-third annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Kranjec, A., & McDonough, L. (2011). The implicit and explicit embodiment of time. Journal of Pragmatics, 43(3), 735-738.

Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., Schmidt, G., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Prescribed spatial prepositions influence how we think about time. Cognition, 114(1), 111-116.

Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Are temporal concepts embodied? A challenge for cognitive neuroscience. Frontiers in Psychology (Embodied and Grounded Cognition).

Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., Bromberger, B., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). A sinister bias for calling fouls in soccer. PLoS ONE, 5(7).

Kranjec, A., & Lupyan, G. (2010). Implicit verbal categories modulate spatial perception. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 1328.

Cardillo, E., Schmidt, G., Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Stimulus design is an obstacle course: 560 Matched literal and metaphorical sentences for testing neural hypotheses about metaphor. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 651-664.

Delamater, A., Kranjec, A., & Fein, M. (2010). Differential outcome effects in Pavlovian biconditional ambiguous cue occasion setting tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 36:4, 41-481.

Schmidt, G., Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Beyond Laterality: A Critical Assessment of Research on the Neural Basis of Metaphor. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16:1-5.

Kranjec, A. (2006). Extending Spatial Frames of Reference to Temporal Concepts. In K. Forbus, D. Gentner & T. Regier (Eds.), Proceedings of the twenty-sixth annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 447-452). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Other Scholarly Work
Undergraduate Courses

Brain, Behavior, and Cognition, PSYC 220

Laboratory in Psychological Research, PSYC 321

Graduate Courses 

Physiological Psychology, PSYC 560