James McQueen is Professor of Speech and Learning at Radboud University Nijmegen. He studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Centre for Cognition) and is a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. He is a member of the Academia Europaea.
His research focusses on learning and processing in spoken language: How do listeners learn the sounds and words of their native and non-native languages, and how do they recognize them? His research on speech learning concerns initial acquisition processes and ongoing processes of perceptual adaptation. His research on speech processing addresses the core computational problems that listeners face (such as the variability and segmentation problems). He takes a multi-disciplinary perspective on psycholinguistics, one that combines insights from cognitive psychology, phonetics, linguistics, and neuroscience.