Lera Boroditsky

Lera Boroditsky
Lera Boroditsky
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

LERA BORODITSKY is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. She was named one of 25 Visionaries changing the world by the Utne Reader; she was named a Searle Scholar and a McDonnell scholar, and is a recipient of the NSF Career award. 

Boroditsky is one of the world’s experts on relationships between language and cognition, and  a leader in Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Her research has re-opened the longstanding controversy about whether the languages we speak shape the way we think. Her laboratory has conducted experiments around the world, including Indonesia, Chile, Greece, Spain, Germany, Russia, Israel, China, Japan, Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea. While at MIT, where she served on the faculty in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and ran a satellite laboratory in Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.

She has published academic articles with original research on many languages, including Navajo, Spanish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Indonesian, Kuuk Thaayorre, Wik Mungkan, and Mian. Her work is taught in courses and textbooks in Psychology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Philosophy, Law, Business, Marketing, Education, Communication, Literary Criticism and Computer Science around the world.

Her research has been widely featured in the media, including dozens of articles across outlets like the New York Times, the Economist, Newsweek, the Boston Globe, Scientific American. She has also written for the popular press on topics in language and cognition, including feature articles in the Wall Street JournalScientific American and The Economist.