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Alexander Kranjec is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Duquesne University and Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie Melon University and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. He studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at Grinnell College and received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the City University of New York. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Neurology Department and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kranjec studies how abstract concepts interact in thought, language, and art. His lab uses cognitive behavioral methods, neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, case studies, and lesion analysis techniques in patients with focal brain damage.