Jessica L. Montag

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Program Area: Cognitive

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Contact Information:


  • Cognition & Cognitive Development
  • Language Production and Comprehension
  • Language Development
  • Compilation and Analysis of Naturalistic Language Corpora (Speech, Text, Child-Directed Speech)

Research Description

I study how language abilities emerge with experience across the lifespan, including language comprehension, production, and reading. I use varied methods and measures, including language comprehension and production experiments in adults and children, compilation and analyses of text and speech corpora, and advanced quantitative methods.


  • PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison


Journal Articles

  • Montag, Jessica L., Michael N. Jones, and Linda B. Smith. "Quantity and diversity: Simulating early word learning environments." Cognitive Science 42 (2018): 375-412.
  • Montag, Jessica L., Kazunaga Matsuki, Jae Yun Kim, and Maryellen C. MacDonald. "The effects of word order on sentence structure choice in language production: A multi-clause and multi-language investigation." Collabra: Psychology 3 (2017): 20.
  • Montag, Jessica L., Michael N. Jones, and Linda B. Smith. "The words children hear: Picture books and the statistics of language learning." Psychological Science 26 (2015): 1489-1496.
  • Montag, Jessica L., and Maryellen C. MacDonald. "Text exposure predicts spoken production of complex sentences in 8- and 12- year old children and adults." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 144 (2015): 447-468.
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.