David Corina

David Corina Portrait

Position Title



  • Ph.D., Psychology and Cognitive Science, UC San Diego, 1991
  • M.A., Linguistics, Gallaudet University, 1983
  • B.S., Educational Psychology, New York University, 1982 (magna cum laude)


David Corina is a professor of linguistics and psychology at the University of California, Davis. He also is a faculty member at the Center for Mind and Brain, where he is the director of the Cognitive Neurolinguistics Laboratory. He is a cognitive neuroscientist studying the comprehension and production of signed and spoken languages. His research includes the study of linguistic abilities in children and adults and in persons with neurological impairments. He is an active member for the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Society for Neurobiology of Language and Linguistics Society of America. He serves as an ad hoc editor for many scholarly journals, foundations and funding agencies.

Research Focus

Professor Corina's research focuses on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language processing. Professor Corina conducts studies that compare and contrast language processing in deaf users of American Sign Language (ASL) and hearing users of spoken languages. Developmental studies of deaf children seek to understand the effects of spoken and signed language abilities on auditory and visual development. Additional interests include the processing of human actions and gestures. Collectively these studies help elucidate the mechanisms and neural systems related to human language processing, and the degree of plasticity within these systems. His lab uses behavioral, functional imaging (EEG/ERP, fMRI) and neuropsychological techniques to elucidate normal language and language breakdown.


Cognitive Neurolinguistic Lab (Corina)


  • Lawyer, L. A., & Corina, D. (2014). An Investigation of place and voice features using fMRI-Adaptation. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 27(1), 18–30.
  • Gutierrez, E., Williams, D., Grosvald, M., & Corina, D.P. (2012). Lexical access in American Sign Language: An ERP investigation of effects of semantics and phonology. Brain Research, 1468(1), 63–83.
  • Grosvald, M., Gutierrez, E., Hafer, S., & Corina. D.P. (2012). Dissociating linguistic and non-linguistic gesture processing: Electrophysiological evidence from American Sign Language. Brain and Language, 121(1), 12–24.
  • Corina, D. P., Lawyer, L. A., Cates, D. (2012). Cross-linguistic differences in the neural representation of human language: Evidence from users of signed languages. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 587.
  • Corina, D. P., Loudermilk, B.C., Detwiler, L., Martin, R.F., Brinkley, J.F., & Ojemann, G. (2010). Analysis of naming errors during cortical stimulation mapping: Implications for models of language representation. Brain and Language 115, 101–112.


David Corina teaches courses in the area of linguistics. He has taught classes in Introduction to Linguistics, Psycholinguistics and Brain Basis of Language, Bilingualism.