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Professor Anne Cutler

BA, Dip Ed, MA (Melbourne), PhD (Texas), HonFAHA

Elected: 2009

Discipline: Psychology


Anne Cutler is Research Professor at the MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, former Director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen.  Her research centres on the recognition of spoken language, in particular how adult processing of speech is exquisitely adapted to suit the native language (making for great efficiency in listening to the native language, but notable difficulty in listening to structurally different foreign languages).


  • 1976 - 1982       Research Fellow, University of Sussex, UK
  • 1982 - 1993       Research Scientist, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, UK
  • 1993 - 2012       Director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • 2013 -                Research Professor, MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney
  • Member Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (Royal Dutch Academy of Science)
  • Member, Academia Europaea
  • Member, Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen
  • Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences (USA)
  • Foreign Member, American Philosophical Society
  • Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities (Honorary FAHA)


1999 Spinoza Prize


Cutler, A (2012) Native Listening.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Johnson, E.K., Westrek, E., Nazzi, T. & Cutler, A. (2011). "Infant ability to tell voices apart rests on
language experience". Developmental Science, 14, 1002-1011.

Kooijman, V., Junge, C., Johnson, E.K., Hagoort, P. & Cutler, A. (2013). "Predictive brain signals of
linguistic development". Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 25 (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00025).

Tyler, MD & Cutler, A (2009), "Cross-language differences in cue use for speech segmentation" in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125(6), pp 3522-3525

Cutler, A (2008), "The abstract representations in speech processing" in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(11), pp 1601-1619.  Psychology Press


Email: a.cutler [at] uws.edu.au

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