This year’s Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means that Sara’s presentation slideshow is available in perpetuity for your viewing pleasure at this link: https://osf.io/hn2kj/. Her project investigates how the quality of visual input influences the use of context and impacts subsequent processing. She finds that while visual quality does not affect the use of context in lexical retrieval, visual quality is necessary for later processes involving integration of conflicting contextual and visual representations.
Congratulations to Anna Marie on receiving a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship to fund her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling degree at Columbia in the fall! Established in 1932, the Fellowship Program annually provides funding to first-year graduate students who are pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees across all academic disciplines.
The LINK Award, sponsored by Brown University, provides $4,000 in funding for summer research opportunities that allow students to develop knowledge specific to a career and valuable work skills. With this funding, Karina will be working as an undergraduate RA in the lab (currently remotely), continuing research and data analysis on our decision-making project. The LINK award will help her diversify and hone her research experiences this summer and prepare her to apply to graduate programs in Cognitive Neuroscience in the coming year. Congratulations Karina!
Growing out of our collaboration with Martín Antúnez Garcia and Harcio Barber last Fall, the University of South Florida has awarded us funds to purchase a permanent co-registration setup! We will be acquiring an EyeLink 1000Plus eye tracker and an ActiChamp/ActiCap EEG system. Get ready for more awesome eye tracking, ERP, and co-registration research coming out of South Florida in the near future!
This year’s CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means that Alex’s video walk-through of his poster (and the poster and the transcript) is available in perpetuity for your viewing pleasure at this link https://osf.io/u9ypv/. His project, which is also his honors thesis, investigates the factors that determine whether people rely on sentence context rather than perceptual input for word recognition. He finds that when words are low visual quality (i.e., in the parafovea) and when the reader has low lexical quality (i.e., is a bad speller) they are more influenced by sentence context.
This year’s CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means that Sara’s video walk-through of her poster (and the poster and the transcript) is available in perpetuity for your viewing pleasure at this link https://osf.io/umzvx/. Her project, which is also her masters thesis, explores the factors that influence how people extract phonological information from words before looking at them (i.e., phonological preview benefit). She finds that phonological preview benefit requires strong expectations from the sentence context and a reader with good phonological decoding abilities.
More good news for Dimitri’s honors thesis project and our lab’s collaboration with the Language and Memory Aging (LaMA) Lab under Dr. Brennan Payne at the University of Utah! The Humanities Institute at USF has awarded us a summer grant to help support the project, which investigates prediction violations in music and language, and whether musicians have higher predictive capabilities compared to non-musicians.
Congratulations to Dimitri on receiving the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant (Spring 2020) to fund his honors thesis project! He applied to travel to the Language and Memory Aging (LaMA) Lab under Dr. Brennan Payne at the University of Utah to collect EEG data alongside the behavioral data from the EMaC Lab. His project investigates prediction violations in music and language, and whether musicians have higher predictive capabilities compared to non-musicians.
A lifelong artist, Anna Marie Fennell knows the transformative power art can have in someone’s life. That’s why the USF psychology major plans to work as a mental health counselor, using expressive arts therapy to help those in need. And while she’s been focused on research and her academic success, Anna Marie has maintained her involvement in and passion for the arts – a reminder that USF Bulls are made of more than just their majors.
Congratulations to Alex on receiving the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant (Fall 2019 round) to fund his honors thesis project! His project investigates how visual clarity and sentence constraint influence readers’ reliance on top-down and bottom-up processing. He is using a combination of RSVP and an eccentricity manipulation of a target word, and asking participants what a letter in the last word of sentence is to probe whether people are more influenced by visual input (bottom-up processing) or inferences based on sentence context (top-down processing).