M.A. University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Liina Pylkkänen studies the brain basis of human language processing, with a focus on semantics. She employs magnetoecephalography (MEG) to investigate the integrative processes that construct the complex meanings of natural language. MEG measures the magnetic fields generated by neuronal currents and offers the best combination of temporal and spatial resolution among extant noninvasive brain imaging techniques. Liina Pylkkänen is a co-director of two NYU MEG facilities, one on Washington Square and one in Abu Dhabi.