Former Members

Past Project Scientists

Julia EvansJulia Evans

  • Neurobiology of learning and memory, language acquisition and childhood language disorders, real-time language processing; eyetracking, EEG, ERP, aMEG
  • Infant language development
  • Language and cognitive processing in children and adolescents with Specific Language Impairment
  • Neuroanatomical and neurophysiological correlates of real-time language processing in typically developing children and children with Specific Language Impairment
  • Implicit learning and memory

2012-2013

Past Postdoctoral Researchers

Katherine Alcock

Lateralization of pitch and phoneme processing; the effect of schooling on phonological awareness; The processing of noun class in Kiswahili.
Oral motor skill, production and perception of timing and production and perception of pitch in musical and linguistic contexts in two groups of dysphasic subjects

1998-99
1999-2000

Ben AmselBen Amsel

Center for Research in Language

Psycholinguistics; Neuroimaging of Language; Computational Models of Language

2010-11

Jennifer Aydelott Utman

Center for Research in Language

Effects of perceptual degradation & variations in timing on semantic priming in aphasics, children with focal brain injury, & normal controls

1997-98
1998-99

Tim Beyer

Center for Research in Language

Using ERPs to address questions of language production and comprehension

2006-08

Klinton BicknellKlinton Bicknell

My research seeks to understand the remarkable efficiency of language comprehension. I investigate how we comprehend using a diverse set of methodologies: I build formal, computational models of comprehension using tools from computational linguistics and machine learning, and I also perform a wide range of empirical work, including both controlled experiments (especially eye tracking) and statistical analyses of large, naturalistic corpora.

-2013

Arielle Borovsky

Language acquisition and processing in children and adults. More specifically, I examine the impact of linguistic experience and knowledge on word learning and sentence processing in children and adults using eyetracking and ERP methodologies.

-2013

Rain Bosworth

Psychology

Visual processing in deaf subjects

1998-99

Eileen Cardillo

Interactions between perceptual, attentional, and semantic processes in language. In particular:

  • The impact of acoustic degradations and auditory distractions on speech comprehension
  • The role of impaired cognitive control in the aphasic deficits associated with prefrontal lesions

2005-2007

Juli A. Carter

Center for Research in Language

The proocessing of auditorily presented morphologically complex words

1994-95

Leah Fabiano

Center for Research in Language

Phonological acquisition in bilingual children

2006-08

Kara Federmeier

Center for Research in Language

The neural bases of language processing and in the representation and organization of information in long-term semantic memory

2000-01
2001-02

Tamar Gollan

Center for Research in Language

Lexical retrieval in language comprehension and production in both monolingual and bilinguals subjects (Spanish and Hebrew)

1998-99
1999-2000

Lea Hald

Center for Research in Language

The nature of semantic information that is utilized during on-line sentence comprehension.

2002-03
2003-04

Mary Hare

Center for Research in Language

Sentence processing and the time course of lexical access and integration into an ongoing context

1994-95
1995-96
1996-97

Claudio HartmannClaudio Hartmann

I am interested in the pathway from visual perception to articulation and I study the effects of routine and cognitive load on the verbalization of dynamic nonverbal stimuli.

There is evidence from action narrations by novice speakers that a range of speech quality parameters are affected by working memory load and I investigate our natural tendency to routinize recurrent messages in recurrent communicative settings in order to free up working memory resources. Previous findings show that as the speech tasks become increasingly more predictable, the verbalizations become more formulaic and qualitatively enhanced, which is often interpreted as shift from a more working memory based into a predominantly long-term memory based speech production mode of skilled speakers.

My postdoctoral goals are to gradually extend and automatize the linguistic analyses of quality of speech indicators and I plan to introduce electroencephalography into my research as a hopeful neurological source of evidence to shed more light on this language phenomenon.

Roberto Heredia

Lexical access, bilingual lexical processes, lexical ambiguity, literal vs. nonliteral language processes, sentence processing, second-language acquisition, word recognition, memory and information processing

1995-1997

Position and Current Location: Lecturer, Associate Professor of Psychology, Texas A&M International University

Melissa HerzigMelissa Herzig

How sign language and gestural language in spoken language reveal children's readiness to learn new concepts.

-2013

Philip HofmeisterPhilip Hofmeister

Center for Research in Language

How the complexity of linguistic representations affects the ability to retrieve those representations from memory during language comprehension.

2008-09
2009-10

Amy HubbardAmy Hubbard

Center for Research in Language

Neural bases of multimodal and paralinguistic aspects of speech communication (e.g., gesture, head movement, intonation, rhythm).

2008-09
2009-10

So-One HwangSo-One Hwang

I study the interaction of language, gesture, and cognition for communicating, thinking, and learning. I am also interested in the temporal dynamics of language processing and its interface with the sensori-motor systems. My training is in linguistics and cognitive neuroscience.

Jonathan King

Center for Research in Language

Sentence processing using electro-physiological techniques.

1993-94

Gowri Iyer

JDP/LCD

Language acquisition

1998-99

Tanya Kraljic

Center for Research in Language

How experience affects adult language performance

2005-06

Gary Oppenheim

Center for Research in Language

Incremental Learning in Lexical Retrieval

2011-12

Jennie Pyers

Center for Research in Language

Investigating code switching in bimodal-bilingual speakers of English and American Sign Language.
Examining emergence of narrative role-shifting in Nicaraguan Sign Language (NSL). Tracked changes in false-belief and language performance in Nicaraguan Signers.

2004-05
2005-06

Carolyn QuamCarolyn Quam

Center for Research in Language

First and second language acquisition in monolinguals and bilinguals. Language processing in normal (monolingual and bilingual) populations using behavioral techniques.

2010-11

Shannon Rodrigue

JDP/LCD

Communication and Social Cognition in 12-month olds from low and middle-income homes

2005-06

Douglas Roland

Center for Research in Language

Computational modeling of the human brain using regression moedeling and corpus data to investigate the availability of and interactions between different potential sources of information for structural ambiguity resolution during sentence processing.

2002-03
2003-04
2004-05

Ayse Pinar SayginAyse Pinar Saygin

1999-2005 Position and Current Location: Lecturer, Marie Curie Research Fellow
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
University College London

Marie St. George

Center for Research in Language

The nature of inference processing: how individual differences contribute to the likelihood that a particular type of inference will be made during reading.

1995-96
1996-97

Robert Thornton

Center for Research in Language

Grammatical agreement processes, cross-linguistic differences in comprehension, the influence of pragmatic and plausibility information on processing, and the relationship between language production and comprehension

2000-01
2001-02

Tessa VerhoefTessa Verhoef

My main research interests include cultural evolution and combinatorial structure in relation to the origins of human language. I study how the process of cultural transmission and human cognitive biases shape the structure of complex behaviors such as language and other culturally transmitted traditions. The methods I use are a combination of agent-based computer modeling and experiments with human participants to simulate cultural transmission with a focus on miniature artificial languages. My PhD is in Language Evolution and for my BSc and MSc I studied Artificial Intelligence.

2013

Past Predoctoral Trainees

Kathleen Ahrens

Psychology

On-line sentence processing in English; lexical and grammatical processing in Chinese in aphasics & normal controls

1994-95

Analia Arevalo

JDP/LCD

Psycholinguistic methods used in child language development research

2000-01

Shannon Austermann Hula

JDP/LCD

Investigation of attentional allocation during language comprehension in normal processing and in persons with aphasia. Investigation of motor control and efficacious treatment principles in acquired apraxia of speech and other motor speech disorders.

2002-03

Jennifer Balogh

Psychology

On-line sentence processing, aphasia

1997-98

Chris Barkley

The role of selective attention in language learning and online language comprehension. The nature of expectations generated during language comprehension and the neural mechanism mediating these expectations. The processing of dependencies between various types of discontinuous linguistic elements.

Sharon Bean

JDP/LCD

Language processing in normal and neurologically impaired adults

1999-2000

Klinton Bicknell

Linguistics

Computational Linguistics/Psycholinguistics

2007-08
2008-09

Arielle Borovsky

Cognitive Science

Neural and cognitive bases of word learning. Utilizing behavioral, computational, ERP and fMRI studies to explore the following questions: Where and when is brain activity related to word acquisition? How does input and experience affect word learning? What information about learned words is reflected by brain activity?

2005-06
2006-07

Jeremy Boyd

Linguistics

The acquisition of inflectional morphology in typical and non-typical populations using computational, and corpus-based techniques and tools.

2004-05
2005-06

Janet Calderon

JDP/LCD

Language disorders in bilingual children

1997-98

Sarah Callahan

Psychology

Real-time auditory language comprehension at the interface of syntax and discourse interpretation.

2005-06
2007-08

Rebecca Colavin

Linguistics

Maximum Entropy Modeling of Phonotactic Learning

2009-10

Jennifer Collins

Cognitive Science

Dynamic Verb Processing Using Representational Momentum

2007-08

Kensy Coopperider

Cognitive Science

Pointing and deictic anchoring in discourse

2008-09

Heidi Wind Cowles

Linguistics

Language acquisition and cognition

1998-99
1999-2000

Alycia Cummings

JDP/LCD

ERP study on adult and children's brain responses of pictures associated with words vs. environmental sounds. The participants include children with language impairment.

2003-04
2004-05

Carson DanceCarson Dance

Cognitive Science

How children deal with variable linguistic input and how they might generalize across different tokens of the same word

2011-12

Tristan Davenport

Cognitive Science

Event-Related Potential Investigations of Causal Inference Generation During Language Comprehension

2011-12

Kathryn Davidson

Linguistics

Perception of Stress in Sentence-final Wh- and Verbal Doubles in ASL

2008-09

Alex Del Giudice

Linguistics

Questions at the Semantic/Pragmatic Interface

2009-10

Katherine Delong

Cognitive Science

Event related potentials (ERPs) and behavioral methods that examine issues relating to the time course of language comprehension. How readers and listeners may anticipate upcoming words or linguistic features in the course of on-line sentence processing.

2003-04
2004-05
2006-07

Frederick Dick

Cognitive Science

Cross linguistic studies of on-line sentence processing in monolingual & bilingual children & adults

1996-97
1998-99

Ryan Downey

JDP/LCD

Used ERPs to investigate psycholinguistic processes during the on-line comprehension of sentences.

2004-05

Gabriel Doyle

Linguistics

Computational Psycholinguistics: Environment Prototypicality in Production

2008-09

Erica Ellis

LCD

Lexical and Cognitive Processing in Late Talkers

2011-12

Naja Ferjan Ramirez

Linguistics

Behavioral and neural correlates of childhood language deprivation

2011-12

Giorgio Ganis

Cognitive Science

Event related potential studies on comprehension of verbal & non-verbal comprehension

1993-94
1994-95

Hanna Gelfand

Language and Communicative Disorders

Gaze patterns in children with specific language impairment

Simone Gieselman

Linguistics

The Processing of Negation and of Negative Islands

2010-11

David Groppe

Cognitive Science

An investigation of the forms of syntax communities of simple-recurrent networks (SRNs) can develop through repeated attempts at communication

2000-01
2002-03

Matthew HallMatthew Hall

Psychology

Interaction of language modality and cognition.

2010-11

Dan Herron

Cognitive Science

The interaction between acoustic and sentential information in real-time language processing

1995-96

Anna Holt

Cognitive Science

Bridging the Brain/Behavior Gap in the Development of Cognitive Flexibility

2007-08

Michael Hurlburt

Psychology

Development of speech perception and categorization in childhood.

1993-94

Brooke Ingersoll

Psychology

Imitation deficits in children with autism; behavioral intervention for young children with autism and the effects of the intervention on language use, joint attention, and play behaviors

2001-02

Dan Jackson

Linguistics

Neural network models of grammatical morphology

1996-97

Jelena Jovanovic

Cognitive Science

The neural and cognitive organization of meaning, and the stages of semantic processing

2000-01
2001-02

Laura Kemmer

Cognitive Science

Event-related brain potential investigations of left and right hemisphere contributions to syntactic processing.

1999-2000
2005-06

Laura Kertz

Linguistics

Grammar and coherence

2006-07
2007-08

Kathryn Kohnert

JDP/LCD

On-going studies in lexical processing in children learning Spanish and English

1996-97

Dan Kleinman

Psychology/Cognitive Science

Computational models of language

2010-11

Philip Lai

Previous Projects: Music and emotions in Williams Syndrome.
Current Project: Non-verbal behavior and its integration with language in children who suffered a focal lesion due to a perinatal stroke.
In both projects, I coded and will code non-verbal categories (gestures, eye gaze, ect.) and see if these developmental disordered populations use the same types of communication by looking at multiple channels of non-verbal behaviors. For the Williams Syndrome project, I found that the WS population tended to be more expressive when they are in the musical domain. For the focal lesion group, I want to see if they communicate through nonverbal channels the same way typically developing children do (age 6)

Stephen Legatt

Effects of noise to the weights of a connectionist network trained to produce regular and irregular inflected verb forms

1994-95

Matt Leonard

Cognitive Science

Language acquistion and knowledge representation

2009-10

Hua (Serena) Liu

Cognitive Science

Behavioral and neural aspects of bilingualism

1993-94

Chris Lovett

Cognitive Science

ERP study of figurative language processing in elderly adults as compared to young controls

2001-02

Ross MetusalemRoss Metusalem

Linguistics

Psycholinguictics; Computational Models of Language, Neuroimaging of Language

2010-11

Dan Michel

Linguistics

Influence of Working Memory on Wh-phenomena

2009-10

Suzanne Moineau

JDP/LCD

Lexical processing in aphasic patients, and in bilinguals (both normals and aphasics).

1999-2000
2001-02
2002-03

David Molfese

Cognitive Science

The relationship between memory and language including, but not limited to, application of modeling; neural imaging; and psychophysiological techniques of EEG, ERP, and EOG; to the study of cognition

1999-2000

Emily Morgan

Linguistics

Integrating psycholinguistic data with computational models of sentence processing

2010-11
2011-12

Elizabeth Oster Samimi

JDP/LCD

On-line typicality in aphasia

2000-01

Amy Pace

JDP/LCD

Beyond Event Segmentation = The Role of Action Processing in Verb Acquistion

2009-10

Bozena Pajak

Linguistics

Bilingual and multilingual speakers through real-time behavior studies; Psycholinguistics and language acquisition

2010-11
2011-12

Patrick PlummerPatrick Plummer

Psychology

Page Piccinini

Linguistics

Bilinguals' abilities to use L1 and L2 categories in learning a third language

Lara PolseLara Polse

Language and Communicative Disorders

Identifying neural correlates of perceptual (orthographic) and conceptual (semantic) processing across development in a single-word reading paradigm

2010-11

Marie Rocha

Psychology

Two interventions aimed at the remediation of communication deficits in children

2002-03

Paul Rodriguez

Cognitive Science

Developing models and analysis of recurrent neural networks in the context of language tasks

1995-96
1996-97

Hannah Rohde

Linguistics

Psycholinguistic research in the field of pronoun interpretation, using it as a window into the biases speakers have for referencing individuals. Interested in how speakers use and process pronouns despite their ambiguity in discourse.

2005-06
2006-07

Katherine Roe

Psychology

On-line processing & hemispheric differences in children & adults; spatial cognition and language; fMRI studies of vision

1996-97

Elizabeth SchotterElizabeth Schotter

Psychology

Parallel Processing in Object Naming Tasks. Parallel and Serial Processing in Reading

2011-12

Melissa Schweisguth

JDP

Normal and delayed language development in young children

1997-98

Jenny Shao

Cognitive Science

ERP experiment involving processing of violations of different semantic categories

1995-96

Gabriela Simon-Cereijido

JDP/LCD

Spanish speaking pre-schoolers with language impairment who are learning English

2007-08

Marisa Sizemore

JDP/LCD

Lexical Processing in Children with Specific Language Impairment

2008-09

Lloyd (Bob) Slevc

Psychology

Language production including monitoring, lexical representation, and sentence production.

2000-01

Nathaniel Smith

Cognitive Science

EEG correlates of linguistic expectancy

2009-10

Andrew Stringfellow

Cognitive Science

Designing experimental stimuli to be used in experiments to examine the brain systems underlying action comprehension.

2002-03
2003-04

Kim Sweeney

Cognitive Science

Effects of mood on higher level cognitive process, especially language.

2004-05

Lara Taylor Hickl

Linguistics

Interested in computational and theoretical approaches to solving natural language understanding problems which focus on how meaning is affected by context.

2003-04

Robin Thompson

Linguistics

Functions of eye-gaze during the production of American Sign Language (ASL).

2002-03
2003-04

Adam Tierney

Cognitive Science

Understanding the Neural Relationship Between Language and Music

2006-07
2008-09

Katherine Travis

Neurosciences

Infant word learning

2008-09

Mieko Ueno

Linguistics

ERP Inquiries into the Processing of Japanese Wh-Sentences

1997-98
2000-01
2001-02

Danielle Vignati

JDP/LCD

Cross-modal lexical priming, aphasia

2001-02

Matthew Walenski

Lingustics/Cognitive Science

Syntactic status of passive NP-trace

1994-95
1995-96
1996-97

Liane Wardlow

Psychology

Common ground processing in language. Running speech error elicitation study addressing stranding errors.

2003-04
2006-07

Jill Weckerly

Cognitive Science

Grammatical processing, via neural network simulations and ERPs.

1993-94

Robert Williams

Cognitive Science

Cognitive semantics, conceptual learning and conceptual blending, language processing, and the modeling of these phenomena using parallel distributed processing approaches

1999-2000

Ying Wu

Cognitive Science

ERP study evaluating the gesture of N450 as an index of image-based semantic integration.

2004-05

Past Visiting Scholars

2000-2001

Name Affiliation
Andonova, Elena New Bulgarian Univ. , Bulgaria
Bentrovato, Simone Univ. La Sapienza , Italy
Bertoni, Matteo Univ. Degli Studi , Italy
Cotelli, Maria Univ. of Padua , Italy

Devescovi, Antonella

Univ. La Sapienza , Italy

Gollan, Tamar

Univ. of Arizona

Hare, Mare

Bowling Green State Univ. , OH

Janyan, Armina

New Bulgarian Univ , Bulgaria

Kostadinova-Minkovska, Tatyana

Sofia Univ., Bulgaria

Krupa-Kwiatkowski, Magdalena

San Diego State University , CA

McRae, Ken

Univ. of Western Ontario , Canada

Poulsen, Mads

Univ. of Copenhagen , Denmark

Szekely, Anna

Univ. of Budapest , Hungary

2001-2002

Name Affiliation
Alcock, Katherine City University , London
Andonova, Elena New Bulgarian Univ. , Bulgaria
Balota, David Solana Beach

Behrens, Heike

Univ. Groningeu

Cappa, Stefano

Univ. of Milan , Italy

Caselli , Cristina

Univ. La Sapienze, Rome , Italy

Ceponiene, Rita

Lithuiania

Derani, Daniela

Milan , Italy

Devescovi, Antonella

Univ.La Sapienze, Rome , Italy

Diamico, Simonetta

Univ. La Sapienze, Rome , Italy

Hare, Mary

Bowling Green State Univ. , OH

Keibel, Jens-Holger

Univ. of Freiburg , Germany

Krupa-Kwiatkowski, Magdalena

San Diego State University , CA

McRae, Ken

Univ. of Western Ontario , Canada

Roland, Doug

Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Sager, Nicole

Boulder , CO

Sazonova, Tatiana

Russia

Schluh, Gisela

Univ. of Freiburg , Germany

Szekely, Anna

Univ. of Budapest , Hungary

Zangl, Renate

Austria

2002-2003

Name Affiliation
Andonova, Elena New Bulgarian Univ.
Bentrovato, Simone Italy
Cappa, Stefano Univ. of Milan , Italy
Devescovi, Antonella Univ. of La Sapienze, Rome , Italy
Diamico, Simonetta Univ. of La Sapienze, Rome , Italy
Dronkers, Nina Kensington , CA
Ernst, Rosemarie Univ. Zurich , Switzerland
Goodman, Judith Columbia , MO
Jackson-Maldonado, Donna El Colegio de Mexico , Mexico
Janssen, Dirk Netherlands
Keibel, Jens-Holger Univ. of Freiburg , Germany
Kohnert, Kathryn Saint Paul , MN
Kuroda, Kow
Lu, Ching Ching National Hsinchu Teachers College , Hsinchu , Taiwan
Mary Hare Bowling Green State Univ. , OH
McRae, Ken Univ. of Western Ontario , Canada
Perani, Daniela Univ. of Milan , Italy
Pizzamiglio, Luigi Italy
Purini-Hahn, Luise Univ. Venna , Austria
Schalling, Ellika Sweden
Szekely, Anna Univ. of Budapest , Hungary
Tzeng, Angela Chung-Yuan Christian University
Volterra , Virginia Italian National Research
Wilson, Stephen Australia

2003-2004

Name Affiliation
Aronoff, Mark Stony Brook University , NY
Cappa, Stefano Univ. of Milan , Italy
Damico, Simonetta Univ. of La Sapienze, Rome , Italy
Devescovi, Antonella Univ. of La Sapienze, Rome , Italy
Dronkers, Nina  
Fabrizio, Piras  
Hahn, Luise Italy
Hare, Mary Bowling Green State Univ. , OH
Harris, Catherine  
Jackson-Maldonado, Donna El Colegio De Mexico , Mexico
Keibel, Holger Univ. of Freiburg , Germany
Kokinov, Boicko New Bulgarian Univ. , Bulgaria
Krupa-Kwiatowski, Magdalena San Diego State University , CA
McRae, Ken Univ. of Western Ontario , Canada
Meir, Irit Univ. of Haifa , Israel
Sandler, Wendy Univ. of Haifa , Israel
Szekely, Anna Univ. of Budapest , Hungary

2004-2005

Name Affiliation
Aronoff, Mark Stony Brook University , NY
Baldo, Juliana VA Nothern California Health Care System
Behrens, Heike Univ. Groningen
Karmiloff-Smith, Annette Institute of Child Health
Kwiatkowski, Magdalena San Diego State University , CA
Meri, Irit Univ. of Haifa , Israel
Sandler, Wendy Univ. of Haifa , Israel
Schul, Rina Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Smith, Linda  

St. George, Marie

Madison Middle School

Wiles, Janet

Univ. of Queensland

2005-2006

Name Affiliation
Gerken, LouAnn University of Arizona
Hare, Mary Bowling Green State University, OH
McRae, Ken University of Western Ontario
Stiebels, Barbara Tentrum F. Allgemeine Sprachwissenscheft Berlin

2008-2009

Name Affiliation
Alcock, Katherine City University , London
Hare, Mary Bowling Green State University, OH
McRae, Ken University of Western Ontario

In Memoriam

Elizabeth BatesElizabeth Bates

Faculty

Cognitive Science, Psychology

Jeffrey ElmanJeffrey L. Elman

Faculty

Cognitive Science

  • Language processing
  • parallel distributed processing
  • computational linguistics
  • psycholinguistics
  • artificial life
  • brain and mind

Keith RaynerKeith Rayner

Faculty

Psychology

Researchers in the Eyetracking Lab under the general direction of Keith Rayner use various eyetracking apparati to study a wide variety of cognitive processes:

  • eye movements during reading
  • language comprehension
  • language production
  • scene perception
  • visual search
  • eye movement control