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Manuel Pulido-Azpíroz

Manuel Pulido-Azpíroz
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

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Phone: (814) 863-9542

Curriculum Vitae:


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PhD, Dual Title in Spanish Linguistics and Language Science, The Pennsylvania State University
MA, Spanish Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University
MA, Foreign Language Teaching, the University of Navarra

Research Interests:

SLA, eye-tracking, ERPs, desirable difficulties in learning, multiword units, usage-based approaches.


My main research interests lie in second language processing and learning, and in exploring the connection between input properties, processing and learning outcomes. I approach these questions by using electrophysiology (ERPs) and eye-tracking. Some of my recent work focused on understanding the cognitive mechanisms involved in processing and learning multi-word units (i.e., conventional expressions). In my current work, I explore a “desirable difficulties” approach to second language learning. In a related line of research, I investigate how non-native speakers generalize what they learn in a new language.

Selected publications: 

  • Pulido, Manuel F. (2021). Individual chunking ability predicts efficient or shallow L2 processing: Eye-tracking evidence from multiword units in relative clauses. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 4004.
  • Pulido, Manuel F. (2021). Native language inhibition predicts more successful second language learning: Evidence of two ERP pathways during learning. Neuropsychologia. 152, 107732. 
  • Pulido, Manuel F., & Paola E. Dussias (2020). Desirable difficulties while learning collocations in a second language: Conditions that induce L1 interference improve learning. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 23(3), 652-667.
  • Pulido, Manuel F. & Paola E. Dussias (2019). The Neural Correlates of Conflict Detection and Resolution During Multiword Lexical Selection: Evidence from Bilinguals and Monolinguals. Brain Sciences, 9, 110.


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