Daniel Mirman.

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CH 217
(205) 934-8737

Research Interests: Language processing, semantic memory, computational models of brain and cognition, language and cognitive disorders

Office Hours: By appointment


  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Mirman received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Psychology from Cornell University in 2000 and his PhD in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University and the interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience program in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. His doctoral work combined behavioral experiments and computational modeling to study how auditory perception and language knowledge interact during speech perception. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Connecticut where he learned eye-tracking methods for on-line measurement of speech comprehension and began to study how knowledge of concepts is organized in the mind. In 2009 he joined the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) where he began his research on the neural organization of spoken language processing in individuals with language deficits following stroke (aphasia). From 2013 to 2016 he was on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Drexel University while continuing his work at MRRI. He joined the faculty of Department of Psychology at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016.

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Research Interests

The Language & Cognitive Dynamics Laboratory seeks to understand the basic mechanisms of cognitive and perceptual processing, particularly in the domain of spoken language. We focus on spoken language because it is at the intersection of basic perceptual and higher-level cognitive processing – drawing on both and elucidating the core principles that span all of cognitive function. We use behavioral, eye-tracking, computational modeling, and lesion-symptom mapping techniques and focus on impairments of language processing in order to test and develop theories of typical language processing, to understand how they break down under impairments, and to develop better rehabilitation strategies.

Current projects examine:

  1. The processing and representation of semantic knowledge, particularly knowledge of object features and categories vs. the events or situations in which they participate.
  2. The organization of the spoken language system by mapping the relationships between stroke lesion location and behavioral deficits.
  3. Factors that influence learning and recovery of language function in post-stroke aphasia.

Graduate Students

Graduate Students

  • Laura Skipper-Kallal
  • Jon-Frederick Landrigan

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Solene Kalenine
  • Chia-lin (Charlene) Lee
  • Qi Chen
  • M. Roxana Botezatu

Recent Courses

  • Psychology of Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Multilevel Regression
  • Cognitive Psychology

Select Publications

  • Peñaloza, C., Mirman, D., Tuomiranta, D., Benetello, A., Heikius, I.-M., Järvinen, S., Cardona, P., Juncadella, M., Laine, M., Martin, N., and Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2016). Novel Word Acquisition in Aphasia: Facing the Word-Referent Ambiguity of Natural Language Learning Contexts. Cortex, 79, 14-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.03.009.
  • Mirman, D., Chen, Q., Zhang, Y., Wang, Z., Faseyitan, O.K., Coslett, H.B., and Schwartz, M.F. (2015). Neural Organization of Spoken Language Revealed by Lesion-Symptom Mapping. Nature Communications, 6(6762), 1-9. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7762.
  • Mirman, D. (2014). Growth Curve Analysis and Visualization Using R. Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.
  • Mirman, D., and Britt, A.E. (2014). What we talk about when we talk about access deficits. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369(1634). DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0388.
  • Mirman, D. and Graziano, K.M. (2012). Individual differences in strength of taxonomic versus thematic relations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(4), 601-609. DOI: 10.1037/a0026451.
  • Chen, Q. and Mirman, D. (2012). Competition and cooperation among similar representations: Toward a unified account of facilitative and inhibitory effects of lexical neighbors. Psychological Review, 119(2), 417-430. DOI: 10.1037/a0027175.
  • Schwartz, M.F., Kimberg, D.Y., Walker, G.M., Brecher, A., Faseyitan, O., Dell, G.S., Mirman, D., and Coslett, H.B. (2011). A neuroanatomical dissociation for taxonomic and thematic knowledge in the human brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(20), 8520-8524. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1014935108.

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Psychonomic Society