Nina Kazanina


  • Speech perception
  • Sentence processing 
  • Acquisition of semantics
  • Early sensory processing in healthy and clinical ageing





Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Maryland, College Park

Specialist, Structural & Applied Linguistics, Moscow State Linguistic University







Guest Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt

University Research Fellow, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Senior Lecturer, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Lecturer, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Ottawa  



Kazanina, N., Bowers, J. S., & Idsardi, W. (2017). Phonemes: Lexical access and beyond. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 1-26.

Kazanina, N. (2017). Predicting complex syntactic structure in real time: Processing of negative sentences in Russian. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,70(11), 2200-2218.

Stothart, G., & Kazanina, N. (2016). Auditory perception in the aging brain: the role of inhibition and facilitation in early processing. Neurobiology of Aging, 47, 23-34. 

Bowers, J. S., Kazanina, N., & Andermane, N. (2016). Spoken word identification involves accessing position invariant phoneme representations. Journal of Memory and Language, 87, 71-83. 

Stothart, G., Kazanina, N., Naatanen, R., Haworth, J., & Tales, A. (2015). Early visual evoked potentials and mismatch negativity in Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 44(2), 397-408.

Yoshida, M., Kazanina, N., Pablos, L., & Sturt, P. (2014). On the origin of islands. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience29(7), 761-770.

Stothart, G., Tales, A., Hedge, C., & Kazanina, N. (2014). Double peaked P1 visual evoked potentials in healthy ageing. Clinical Neurophysiology, 125(7), 1471-1478.

Stothart, G., & Kazanina, N. (2013) Oscillatory characteristics of the visual mismatch negativity: what evoked potentials aren't telling us. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 426.

Qu, Q., Damian, M. F. & Kazanina, N. (2013) Reply to O’Seaghdha et al.: Primary phonological planning units in Chinese are phonemically specified. Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesUSA, 110(1), E4.

Stothart, G., Tales, A. & Kazanina, N. (2013) Evoked potentials reveal age-related compensatory mechanisms in early visual processing. Neurobiology of Aging34, 1302-08.

Qu, Q., Damian, M. F. & Kazanina, N. (2012) Sound-sized segments are significant for Mandarin speakers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA109, 14265–14270.

Kazanina, N. (2011) De-composition of Pre-fixed Words in Russian. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37(6), 1371-1390.

Kharlamov, V., Campbell, K. & Kazanina, N. (2011) Recognizing variable speech inputs: early, automatic and language-dependent detection of phonological equivalence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3331-3342. 

Kabak, B., Maniwa, K. & Kazanina, N. (2010) Listeners use vowel harmony and word-final stress to spot nonsense words: A study of Turkish and French. Journal of Laboratory Phonology1, 207-224.

Kazanina, N. & Phillips, C. (2010)Differential effects of constraints in the processing of Russian cataphora. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology63(2), 371-400.

Gouvea, A., Phillips, C., Kazanina, N., & Poeppel, D. (2010). The syntactic processes underlying the P600. Language and Cognitive Processes,25(2), 149-188. 

Kazanina, N., *Dukova-Zheleva, G., *Geber, D., *Kharlamov, V., & *Tonciulescu, K. (2008). Decomposition into multiple morphemes during lexical access: a masked priming study of Russian nouns. Language and Cognitive Processes, 23(6), 800-823. 

Kazanina, N.,& Phillips, C. (2007). A Developmental Perspective on the Imperfective Paradox. Cognition105, 65-102. 

Kazanina, N., Lau, E., Lieberman, M., Yoshida, M., & Phillips, C.(2007).The Effect of Syntactic Constraints on the Processing of Backwards Anaphora. Journal of Memory and Language56, 384–409. 

Kazanina, N., Phillips, C., & Idsardi, W. (2006). The Influence of Meaning on the Perception of Speech Sound Contrasts. Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesUSA, 103, 11381-11386. 

Phillips, C., Kazanina, N., & Abada, S. (2005). ERP Effects of the Processing of Syntactic Long-distance Dependencies.Cognitive Brain Research,22(3), 407-428. 

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Stipendien und Preise

2016–19Segmental information in Chinese and English speech processing PI. Royal Society, UK International Exchange Grant  
2014–15 Large-scale brain networks in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Co-I & Bristol lead. GW Accelerator Fund. PI: Marc Goodfellow, Exeter  
2014–15Visual mismatch negativity in Mild Cognitive Impairment: a follow up study. PI. BRACE Charity.  
2014–155Hz: Imagining an alternative evolution of voice for social bonding. Wellcome Trust Small Arts Awards. Co-I PI: Arnolfini Museum, Bristol