EMaC Lab at CUNY 2019: The 32nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing


Emily and Sara presented research posters at CUNY this year at University of Colorado Boulder. Find their posters and others from the session online at https://osf.io/view/CUNY2019/

Sara’s project titled “Frequency, predictability & lexical quality effects: individual differences in reading & proofreading” showed a reanalysis (Schotter et al., 2014) seeking to elucidate the patterns of individual differences within commonly seen effects like word frequency and sentence context. She further explored individuals sensitivity to orthotactic and phonotactic patterns of the English language.


Emily’s poster entitled “Enhanced peripheral lexical processing in deaf individuals: perceptually or linguistically driven?” is a collaboration with Dr. Amy Lieberman of Boston University. She presented preliminary results from three experiments of deaf signers’ peripheral processing abilities, demonstrating a sign superiority effect, whereby deaf signers are able to utilize lexical knowledge to facilitate processing of information under difficult tasks demands (i.e. when information is briefly presented at an extreme eccentricity in the periphery).


Jamie Newland starting Grad School

Congratulations to our graduating senior, Jamie! She just accepted an offer for graduate school in the Psychology Department at the University of Florida. She will be joining the “Brain, Cognition and Development Lab” under the direction of Dr. Lisa Scott. There she will study learning and brain development using a variety of measures including brain responses (ERPs), eye-movements, and behavioral responses.

Anna Marie Fennell Awarded Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant

image1Congratulations to Anna Marie on receiving the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant for the 2019 Spring Semester to fund her honors thesis! Her project investigates whether the cognitive mechanisms shared between music and language processing rely on working memory resources necessary for syntactic processing. She will use a dual-task approach in which people read syntactically complex sentences while holding onto items in memory (words, musical phrases, or visual layouts of dots) and will compare performance between musicians and non-musicians.




Emily presented her poster entitled “Peripheral Attention and American Sign Language” at the WORLD conference in Spain last week. The conference focused on language and deafness and facilitated an open and honest discussion by researchers and clinicians of different perspectives. It was exciting to hear from panelists as they discussed the future of the field.


4th Annual Florida Psycholinguistics Meeting

USF had the honor of hosting the 4th Annual Florida Psycholinguistics Meeting on October 13th. Psycholinguists and scholars from related fields around the state came together to share research and gain new perspectives on various topics and research techniques. Many of our undergraduates from EMaC Lab presented fabulous posters at the conference.

Anna Marie & Zoe discussed “Using Implausible Previews to Study Parafoveal Processing”, data from an upcoming manuscript.


Alex presented his poster entitled “Individual Differences In Parafoveal Preview Effects When Preview And Target Differ In Reading: An Exploration of the Reversed Preview Benefit Effect”.


Danielle, Alexis, & Julianna presented preliminary data from “How Do Individual Differences Influence Reading Efficiency?”


Jamie showcased oral reading data with her poster “Assessing Parafoveal Preview Effects Through Eye Movements and Oral Reading”.



Research and Arts Colloquium 2018

On April 19th, 2018 Caitlin, Danielle, & Richard each presented research at the USF Undergraduate Research Conference; an event annually hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. They gave great poster presentations!

Observed Effects of Clustering Coefficient and Neighborhood Size During Word Recognition by Caitlin Nethercoat:


How Individual Differences in Language Ability Influence Reading Efficiency by Danielle Ferrusi:


The Impact of Unexpected Stimuli in Cloze Tasks on Cloze Probability and Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) by Richard Rogers: