Michael Bunting, Ph.D.
Acting Executive Director, Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
Michael F. Bunting currently serves as the Acting Executive Director at CASL. Dr. Bunting is a Senior Research Scientist and was previously CASL’s Director of Research. He is also a faculty affiliate of the University of Maryland’s Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program and the Department of Psychology. He obtained MA and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s program in Experimental (Cognitive) Psychology, with a minor concentration in statistics, methods, and measurement.
Dr. Bunting’s research interests are the nature, organization, and trainability of working memory and selective attention; the structure of the inductive reasoning domain and the relationship between reasoning ability (general fluid intelligence) and working memory capacity; and, the cognitive and non- cognitive determinants of human aptitude and acquired abilities, including complex skill acquisition and aptitude for foreign language learning.
Prior to joining CASL, he was as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Missouri Rehabilitation Research Training Program and Dr. Nelson Cowan’s Attention and Working Memory Laboratory at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Bunting has a successful record of scholarly publication, and in 2006, he received a new investigator award from the American Psychological Association for his publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition.