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.
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: https://rdcu.be/cbCWP
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’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.
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.