***In mid-June I joined the Brandeis University Memory and Cognition Lab (PI: Arthur Wingfield) as a postdoc.***
Dissertation successfully defended on May 10!
I am interested in how listeners apply what they know about language, and the world around them, to understanding spoken words. An individual differences approach allows for a nuanced investigation of how cognitive abilities and expectations interact with language comprehension, and my dissertation investigates how such interactions might change in the aging population due to sensory declines. I am also exploring how listeners successfully comprehend words with non-standard phonemes, as produced by unfamiliar talkers. I have experience using using EEG, eye tracking, and reaction time measures in order to investigate the role of higher cognitive processes on word recognition.
I am a member of both the Language and Brain Lab (PI: Emily Myers), and the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience of Language lab (PI: Jim Magnuson). The dual lab training has emphasized the multiple processes involved in word recognition, from sound to phoneme mapping to word-level competition and response selection. Prior to entering graduate school I worked with David Ostry at Haskins Laboratories, investigating how orofacial movement affects listeners’ perception of speech and non-speech sounds. I was an undergraduate research assistant for Steven Luck at the University of California at Davis, where I learned EEG/ERP data collection methods. I also drove buses.
My dissertation committee is comprised of:
Emily Myers – click here to go to the LAB lab
Jim Magnuson – click here to go to the CCNL lab
Erika Skoe – click here to go to the Skoe lab
Eiling Yee – click here to go to the YAL lab
Rachel Theodore – click here to go to the SLAP lab