Kathleen M. Eberhard

Kathleen M. Eberhard

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Michigan State University 

  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

(574) 631-7627


119A Haggar Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Language Lab

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The mental processes underlying the ability to produce and comprehend fluent speech.



Dr. Eberhard's research investigates the mental processes underlying the ability to produce and comprehend fluent speech. Her work in language production examines the process by which speakers formulate unambiguous referential expressions, and the processes involved in establishing agreement relations among words in sentences. Her research in language comprehension focuses on the information that is used by listeners to identify the intended referents of spoken utterances, and the influence of bilinguals' native language on their interpretation of words in their second language.

Recent Publications

Gervits, F., Eberhard, K.M., & Scheutz, M. (2016) Team communication as a collaborative process. Frontiers in Robotics and AI: Computational Intelligence, 3, 62-73.

Shin, W.J. & Eberhard, K.M. (2015). Learning a center-embedding rule in an artifical grammar learning task. In Noelle, D.C., Dale, r., Warlaumont, A.S., Yoshimi, J., Matlock, T., Jennings, C.D., & Maglio, P.P. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 2164-2169) Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Tenbrink, T., Eberhard, K., Shi, H., Kubler, S., & Scheutz, M. (2013). Annotation of negotiation processes in joint-action dialogues. Dialogue and Discourse, 4, 183-212.

Ashenfelter*, K. T. & Eberhard, K. M. (2007). Effects of verb complexity on speech errors. Memory & Cognition, 35, 1525-1539.

Bock, K., Butterfield, S., Cutler, A., Cutting, J. C., Eberhard, K. M., & Humphreys, K. R. (2006). Disagreeing to Agree Collectively, Language, 82, 64-113.

Eberhard, K. M., Cutting, J. C., & Bock, K. (2005). Making syntax of sense: Number agreement in sentence production. Psychological Review, 112, 531-559.

Gibson, B. S., Eberhard, K. M., & Bryant*, T. A. (2005). Linguistically mediated visual search: The critical role of speech rate. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 12, 276-281.

Scheutz, M., Eberhard, K., & Andronache*, V. (2004). A real-time embodied model of human reference resolution using visual constraints. Connection Science, 16, 145-167.

Bock, K., Eberhard, K. M., & Cutting, J. C. (2004). Producing number agreement: How pronouns equal verbs. Journal of Memory and Language, 51, 159-323.

Scheutz, M. & Eberhard, K. (2004). Effects of morphosyntactic gender features in bilingual language processing. Cognitive Science, 28, 559-588.

Spivey, M. J., Tanenhaus, M. K., Eberhard, K. M., & Sedivy, J. C. (2002) Eye movements and spoken language comprehension: Effects of visual context on the syntactic ambiguity resolution. Cognitive Psychology, 45, 447-481.

Chambers, C. G., Tanenhaus, M. K., Eberhard, K. M., Filip, H., & Carlson, G. N. (2002). Circumscribing referential domains in real-time language comprehension. Journal of Memory and Language, 47, 30-49. (citations = 148)