Poster Sessions at the 63rd Annual Psychonomics Meeting

This year’s Psychonomics meeting was held at Boston, Massachusetts. EMaC Lab members presented the results from their most recent projects.

On Thursday, Sara presented her poster titled: ” Parafoveal processing provides a head start on word recognition and reduces foveal N400 effects”

On Friday, Brian presented his poster titled: “Investigating the relationship between language skill and semantic vs. orthographic processing: Evidence from the N400 ERP component”,

and Frances presented her poster titled: “Length, frequency, and predictability: The Big 3 and skilled deaf readers”.

On Saturday, Nesli Presented her poster titled: “ERPs reveal that lexical familiarity only matters in the absence of expectations”.

Poster Session at the 10th Annual USF Psychology Expo

Casey, Hannah and Katie presented their posters at the 10th Annual USF Psychology Expo!

Hannah and Katie presented Hannah’s honors thesis project investigating word diversity and word frequency effects in sentence reading using event-related brain potentials.
Casey presented her honors thesis project investigating the leftward word identification span of deaf readers using the gaze-contingent moving window paradigm.

Neslihan Caliskan Awarded Psi Chi Summer Undergraduate Research Grant!

Congratulations to Nesli for being awarded the Psi Chi research grant for her individual honors thesis project! She will receive $1,500 for her project to collect ERP data over the summer and upcoming fall semester. Her project will focus on the functional role of the N400 event-related potential component during word recognition and sentence comprehension.

Congratulations to Dimitri and Nesli for BOTH receiving the PAR scholarships for Excellence in Psychology!!

This year, the psychology department offered two awards for a graduating senior (Dimitri) and Junior-come-Senior (Nesli). Each of them received $ 5,000 in tuition reduction and were selected as the winners among two pools of highly competitive applicants. Keep up the great work!!

Victoria Estevez and Sam Shinde Awarded Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant!

Congratulations to Victoria and Sam for being awarded Psi Chi research grants for their individual honors thesis projects! They will receive $1,500 per project to collect data over the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Their projects will focus on the role of language-related ERPs during word recognition and semantic integration.

Check out our alumna Anna Marie’s honors thesis published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review!

Congratulations to our alumna, Anna Marie, on publishing her honors thesis with the USF Psychology Honors Program in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review! Her project looks at how music interferes with working memory for language and how musical training may be correlated with greater verbal working memory!  Special thanks to our collaborators Dr. Jennifer Bugos @ The School of Music, University of South Florida, and Dr. Brennan Payne @ The University of Utah (LAMA Lab). Read more here:

Poster presentations at FPM 2020!

This year’s Florida Psycholinguistics Meeting was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means that the poster presentations are available in perpetuity for your viewing pleasure at these links:

Neslihan Caliskan:
Makayla Hodges & Jillian Hansen:
Dimitri Brunelle:

Neslihan’s project investigates the role of different sources of information (e.g. sentence context, orthography, lexical status) in the generation of the N400 component as well as its functional nature during sentence comprehension.

Makayla’s and Jillian’s project investigates how contextual predictions facilitate silent reading with the use of stress and rhythm patterns. They find that stress patterns are accessed from the parafovea when contextual predictions and pre-activated prosodic information are present.

Dimitri’s project aims to develop and refine the plausibility and cloze norming techniques in the domain of music in an effort to construct an ideal paradigm where the neural overlap of music and language is elucidated.