Dr. Shannon McKnight

Dr. Shannon McKnight
Visiting Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuroscience of Language


  • Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, 2022
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder, 2017
  • B.A. Neuroscience and Philosophy, College of Wooster, 2014


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About Dr. Shannon McKnight

Shannon McKnight is a new Visiting Assistant Professor at Fort Lewis College and a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow. Her research is centered on the intersection of the cognitive neuroscience of reading and individual differences in cognitive skills. Currently, this research involves the analysis of over 400 sets of electroencephalographic (EEG) data alongside a battery of behavioral assessments to identify neural markers associated with reading comprehension, working memory, executive function, and other language-related skills.

In addition, Shannon is interested in research that models naturalistic reading environments, combining self-paced reading with online neural measurements.

View Dr. McKnight's CV.

Selected conference presentations:

McKnight, S.M., Bell-Souder, D., Gilley, P., Miyake, A., & Kim, A. (2021, March 4-6). Oscillatory dynamics of complex dependency processing reveal unique roles for attention and working memory mechanisms [Online Poster Talk]. 34th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Hosted by University of Pennsylvania, Online due to COVID-19 https://tinyurl.com/CUNY2021abstract

McKnight, S.M., Kim, A. (2019, March 29-31). Capturing continuous effects of context during naturalistic text reading [Conference presentation]. 32nd CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boulder, CO. https://tinyurl.com/cuny2019abstract

McKnight, S.M., Bell-Souder, D., Miyake, A., Kim, A. (2018, March 15-17). Individual differences in language knowledge and the syntactic processing P600 [Conference Presentation]. 31st CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Davis, CA. https://tinyurl.com/cuny2018talk