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Kara Morgan-Short, PhD


Professor of Psychology, Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience

Hispanic and Italian Studies


Building & Room:

1706 UH

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5743

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Kara Morgan-Short CV


Director, Cognition of Second Language Acquisition laboratory
Associate Editor, Language Learning

Major Interests
Issues in second language acquisition, focusing on second language neurocognitive processes, effects of explicit and implicit training conditions, and the role of individual cognitive abilities

Selected Publications

  • Faretta–Stutenberg, M., & Morgan–Short, K. (2017). Individual differences in context: A neurolinguistic investigation of the role of memory and language use in naturalistic learning contexts. Second Language Research. Advance online publication.
  • Morgan–Short, K., Deng, Z., Brill–Schuetz, K. A., Faretta–Stutenberg, M., Wong, P. C. M., & Wong, F. C. K. (2015). A view of the neural representation of second language syntax through artificial language learning under implicit contexts of exposure. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 27(2), 383–419.
  • Ettlinger, M., Morgan-Short, K., Faretta-Stutenberg, M., & Wong, P. C. M. (2016). The relationship between artificial and second language learning. Cognitive Science, 40, 822–847.
  • Tanner, D., Morgan–Short, K., & Luck, S. J. (2015). How inappropriate high–pass filters can produce artifactual effects and incorrect conclusions in studies of language and cognition. Psychophysiology, 52(8), 997–1009.
  • Morgan-Short, K., Faretta-Stutenberg, M., & Bartlett, L. (2105). Contributions of event-related potential research to issues in explicit and implicit second language acquisition. In P. Rebuschat (Ed.), Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Morgan–Short, K., Faretta–Stutenberg, M., Brill, K. A., Carpenter, H., & Wong, P. (2014). Declarative and procedural memory as individual differences in second language acquisition. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition17(1), 56–72.
  • Morgan–Short, K. (2014). Electrophysiological approaches to understanding second language acquisition: A field reaching its potential. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 34, 15–36.
  • Morgan-Short, K., & Tanner, D. (2014). Event related potentials (ERPs). In J. Jegerski & B. VanPatten (Eds.) Research Methods for Second Language Psycholinguistics. New York: Routledge.
  • Morgan–Short, K., Heil, J., Botero–Moriaty, A., & Ebert, S. (2012). Allocation of attention to second language form and meaning: Revisiting the use of think aloud protocols. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 34(4), 659–685.
  • Wong, P., Morgan–Short, K., Ettlinger, M., & Zheng, J. (2012). Linking neurogenetics and individual differences in language learning: The dopamine hypothesis. Cortex, 48(9), 1091–1102.
  • Morgan–Short, K., Finger, I., Grey, S., & Ullman, M. T. (2012). Second language processing shows increased native–like neural responses after months of no exposure. PLoS ONE, 7(3): e32974.
  • Morgan–Short, K., Steinhauer, K., Sanz, C., & Ullman, M. T. (2012). Explicit and implicit second language training differentially affect the achievement of native–like brain activation patterns. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(4), 933–947.
  • Morgan-Short, K., & Ullman, M. T. (2011). The neurocognition of second language. In S. M. Gass & A. Mackey (Eds.), The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (pp. 282-299). New York: Routledge.
  • Morgan-Short, K., Sanz, C., Steinhauer, K., & Ullman, M. T. (2010). Second language acquisition of gender agreement in explicit and implicit training conditions: An event-related potential study. Language Learning, 60(1), 154-193. NIHMSID: 269511, PMCID: PMC3044320. http://doi:10.1111/j.1467-9922.2009.00554.x
  • Potowski, K., Jegerski, J., & Morgan-Short, K. (2009). The Effects of instruction on linguistic development in Spanish heritage language speakers. Language Learning, 59(3), 537-579. http://doi:10.1111/j.1467-9922.2009.00517.x
  • Morgan-Short, K., & Bowden, H. W. (2006). Processing instruction and meaningful output-based instruction: Effects on second language development. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 28(1), 31-65. http://doi:10.10170/S0272263106060025
  • Sanz, C., & Morgan-Short, K. (2004). Positive evidence vs. explicit rule presentation and explicit negative feedback: A computer-assisted study. Language Learning, 54(1), 35-78. http://doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9922.2004.00248.x
  • Leow, R., & Morgan-Short, K. (2004). To think aloud or not to think aloud: The issue of reactivity in SLA research methodology. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 26(1), 35-57.

Notable Honors

2014, Research Grant (with Emma Marsden), Language Learning

2013, Graduate Mentoring Award, Graduate College, University of Illinois at Chicago

2013, Teaching Recognition Award, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning / Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago

2011, Scholarship recipient for National Institute for Health-sponsored ERP Bootcamp, University of California Davis


PhD, Georgetown University