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Alexander Kranjec

Associate 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.

He is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University, Adjunct Faculty at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition -Carnegie Mellon University, and a Community Member of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kranjec is the director of the Art & Language Lab at Duquesne University. His lab uses cognitive behavioral methods, neuroimaging (fMRI), non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS), case studies, and lesion analysis techniques (in patients with focal brain damage).

Art & Language Lab:


Representative Publications
Representative Publications

Kranjec, A., Lehet M., Woods A.J., & Chatterjee, A. (2019) Time Is Not More Abstract Than Space in Sound. Frontiers in Psychology. 10:48.

Kranjec, A. (2018). Representational Biases in Space and Language. In T. Hubbard (Ed.), Spatial Biases in Perception and Cognition (pp. 94-106). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kranjec, A. (2015). Conceptual Art Made Simple for Neuroaesthetics. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Special Issue: Neuroaesthetics: Neuroscience of Aesthetics).

Kranjec, A., Lupyan, G., Chatterjee, A. (2014). Categorical Biases in Perceiving Spatial Relations. PLoS ONE.

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., Ianni, G., & Chatterjee, A. (2013). Schemas reveal spatial relations to a patient with simultanagnosia. Cortex.

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.

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

Kranjec, A., Chatterjee, A. (2010). Are temporal concepts embodied? A challenge for cognitive neuroscience. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00240. (Special Issue: 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): e11667. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011667

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

Other Scholarly Work
Undergraduate Courses

Brain, Behavior, and Cognition, PSYC 220

Laboratory in Psychological Research, PSYC 321

Graduate Courses 

Physiological Psychology, PSYC 560