Haarmann, Henk

Henk Haarmann
Senior Research Scientist and Senior Director, Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
7005 52nd Avenue, College Park, MD 20742
General Research Interests: 
  • Semantic working memory & its cognitive control
  • Sentence & discourse comprehension
  • Creative problem solving & intuitive decision making
  • Implicit & explicit learning of language & cyber skills
  • Cognitive & brain training & its neural markers

Henk J. Haarmann received his Ph.D. in cognitive science from Nijmegen University in The Netherlands with specializations in neuropsychology, psycholinguistics, and computer modelling. He currently works as a senior research scientist for the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) at the University of Maryland in College Park in the Washington-DC region. As an area director and principal investigator, Dr. Haarmann is a program and technical leader for CASL’s cognitive neuroscience studies, supporting the language and cognitive readiness of language, intelligence, and cyber analysts in the U.S. Government.  Dr. Haarmann has over 20 years of experience in conducting basic and applied research on attention control in working memory, language comprehension, and problem solving in healthy adults and others. He previously worked in the area of neurogenic communication disorders at the University of Maryland College Park, after having been a post-doctoral research associate at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information (NICI) and starting his career as an experimental psychologist at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics. His research studies, which have been published in top international journals, have combined converging evidence from psychological experimentation, individual difference testing, neurophysiological recording (EEG/ERP), and computer modelling. Dr. Haarmann has also provided training seminars, workshops, and frequent consultancy for U.S. government analysts and their trainers, managers, and leaders in various departments and agencies, on mission-relevant topics such as infusing professional training with the science of learning, critical thinking, and stress-resilience. His research has been primarily funded by the Department of Defense.