Jacques Mehler

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Jacobo Mehler
Born1936 (age 82–83)
Alma materHarvard University
Scientific career
FieldsCognitive neuroscience[1]
ThesisHow some sentences are remembered (1964)

Jacques Mehler (Born in Barcelona in 1936) is an influential cognitive psychologist specializing in language acquisition.[1][2][3][4]


Mehler studied chemistry at Universidad de Buenos Aires from 1948 to 1951. After that, he went to Oxford University and University College of London where he obtain his B. Sc. degree. From 1961 to 1964, he studied at Harvard University, at the time of the cognitive revolution, where he worked with George A. Miller and obtain a PhD. in Psychology.[5]


Mehler is Emeritus at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where he directed the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LSCP) he is currently the head of the Language, Cognition and Development lab at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste (Italy). He was editor in chief of the journal Cognition until 2007. In 2001, Mehler was elected a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2009) describes the research conducted by Agnes Melinda Kovacs and Jacques Mehler on the cognitive gains in seven-month-old bilingual infants. In three eye-tracking studies, Kovacs and Mehler found that infants, reared with two languages from birth, display improved cognitive control abilities compared with matched monolinguals.[6]


  1. ^ a b Jacques Mehler publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. ^ Cutler, A.; Mehler, J.; Norris, D.; Segui, J. (1986). "The syllable's differing role in the segmentation of French and English". Journal of Memory and Language. 25 (4): 385–400. doi:10.1016/0749-596X(86)90033-1. hdl:11858/00-001M-0000-0013-346B-2.
  3. ^ Cutler, A.; Mehler, J.; Norris, D.; Segui, J. (1989). "Limits on bilingualism". Nature. 340 (6230): 229–230. doi:10.1038/340229a0. PMID 2755479.
  4. ^ Mehler, J.; Jusczyk, P.; Lambertz, G.; Halsted, N.; Bertoncini, J.; Amiel-Tison, C. (1988). "A precursor of language acquisition in young infants". Cognition. 29 (2): 143–78. doi:10.1016/0010-0277(88)90035-2. PMID 3168420.
  5. ^ "Jacques Mehler".
  6. ^ Kovacs, A. M.; Mehler, J. (2009). "Cognitive gains in 7-month-old bilingual infants". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106 (16): 6556–6560. doi:10.1073/pnas.0811323106. PMC 2672482. PMID 19365071.