Scott Weems is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL). Scott has embarked on an academic career that has taken him from Boston University to the University of California, where he earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2003, and now, finally, to Maryland. He currently leads two research projects at CASL.
Scott’s first project addresses how language analysts deal with missing information, with particular emphasis on the neurophysiological processes involved in dealing with textual ambiguity. His second project examines deception in people from non-Western cultures. Little is known about the verbal or non-verbal deception cues for this population, even though such knowledge is very important for security screening personnel. Scott is also very interested in the laterality of language, particularly the important role of the brain’s right hemisphere in language processing.
Before embarking on his academic path, Scott had a short but successful career as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Stationed in Kodiak Alaska, his first tour was as boarding officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter YOCONA in the frigid Bering Sea, checking safety equipment on local fishing vessels. His second tour was as a marine safety officer in New Orleans, where he was responsible for enforcing marine pollution laws.