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Current Research

Current projects in the lab focus on three major topics:

  • Flexibility in native speech sound perception (behavioral, ERP, fMRI)
  • Non-native speech sound acquisition (behavioral, ERP, fMRI)
  • Functional and neural consequences of aphasia treatment (behavioral, fMRI)

Our techniques include:

  • Behavioral psychophysics
  • ERP (in collaboration with the Cog Sci Shared ERP Resource Lab: CSSERL)
  • fMRI ( in collaboration with Haskins Laboratories, UConn Brain Imaging Center)
  • Eye-tracking

Lab Publications

Myers, E.B. (2017). From sound to meaning. Physics Today, 70(4), 34-39.

Myers, E.B., Johns, A.R., Earle, F.S., and Xie, X. (2017).  The Invariance Problem in the Acquisition of Non-Native Phonetic Contrasts: From Instances to Categories. In Lahiri, A. (Ed.) Lexical processing of speech (52-84). Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton.

Myers, E. B., & Theodore, R. M. (2017). Voice-sensitive brain networks encode talker-specific phonetic detail. Brain and Language, 165, 33-44.

Xie, X., Theodore, R., and Myers, E.B. (2017).  More than a boundary shift: perceptual adaptation to foreign-accented speech reshapes the internal structure of phonetic categories.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance43(1): 206-217.

Earle, F. S., Landi, N., & Myers, E. B. (2017). Sleep duration predicts behavioral and neural differences in adult speech sound learning. Neuroscience Letters.

Drouin, J. R., Theodore, R. M., & Myers, E. B. (2016). Lexically guided perceptual tuning of internal phonetic category structure. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(4), EL307-EL313.

Castelluccio, B. C., Myers, E. B., Schuh, J. M., & Eigsti, I.-M. (2015). Neural Substrates of Processing Anger in Language: Contributions of Prosody and Semantics. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10936-015-9405-z

Mozeiko, J., Coelho, C. A., & Myers, E. B. (2015). The role of intensity in constraint-induced language therapy for people with chronic aphasia. Aphasiology, 30(4), 339-363.

Theodore, R. M., Myers, E. B., & Lomibao, J. A. (2015). Talker-specific influences on phonetic category structure. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(2), 1068–1078. http://doi.org/10.1121/1.4927489

Earle, F. S., & Myers, E. B. (2015). Sleep and native language interference affect non-native speech sound learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, 41(6), 1680–1695. http://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000113

Xie, X., & Myers, E. (2015). The impact of musical training and tone language experience on talker identification. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(1), 419. doi:10.1121/1.4904699

Xie, X., & Myers, E.B. (2015).  General language ability predicts talker identification. In Noelle, D. C., Dale, R., Warlaumont, A. S., Yoshimi, J., Matlock, T., Jennings, C. D., & Maglio, P. P. (Eds.) (2015). Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Earle, F.S., & Myers, E.B. (2015).  Overnight consolidation promotes generalization across talkers in the identification of nonnative speech sounds. JASA-EL (Vol.137, No.1).  DOI: 10.1121/1.4903918

Earle FS and Myers EB (2014). Building phonetic categories: an argument for the role of sleep. Front. Psychol. 5:1192. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01192

Myers EB (2014) Emergence of category-level sensitivities in non-native speech sound learning. Front. Neurosci. 8:238. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00238

Myers, E. B., & Mesite, L. M. (2014). Neural systems underlying perceptual adjustment to non-standard speech tokens. Journal of Memory and Language, 76, 80–93. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2014.06.00

Del Tufo SN and Myers EB (2014). Phonemic restoration in developmental dyslexia. Front. Neurosci. 8:134. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00134

Blumstein, S. E., and Myers, E.B.  (2013). Neural Systems Underlying Speech Perception.  Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Swan, K.S., Myers E.B.  (2013). Category labels induce boundary-dependent perceptual warping in learned speech categories.  Second Language Research, 29(4), 391-411. 10.1177/0267658313491763

Feldman, Naomi, Myers, E.B., White, K.S., Griffiths, T.L., and Morgan, J.L.  (2013). Word-level information influences phonetic learning in adults and infants. Cognition, 127(3), 427-38.

Magnuson, J.S., Mirman, D. and Myers, E.  (2013). Spoken Word Recognition.  In D. Reisberg (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Psychology (pp 412-441). New York, USA: Oxford University Press

Myers, E.B., and Swan, K.S. (2012). Effects of category learning on neural sensitivity to non-native phonetic categories.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(8), 1695-708.

Salvata, C, Blumstein, S.E., Myers, E. B. (2012). Speaker Invariance for Phonetic Information: an FMRI Investigation.  Language and Cognitive Processes, 27(2), 210-230.

Peramunage, D., Blumstein, S. E., Myers, E. B., Goldrick, M., & Baese-Berk, M. (2011). Phonological neighborhood effects in spoken word production: an fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(3), 593-603.

Myers, E. B., Blumstein, S.E. Walsh, E, and Eliassen, J. (2009). Inferior frontal regions underlie the perception of phonetic category invariance. Psychological Science, 20(7), 895-903.

Britton, B., Blumstein, S.E., Myers, E.B., and Grindrod, C.  (2009).  The role of spectral and durational properties on hemispheric asymmetries in vowel perception. Neuropsychologia, 47(4), 1096-106.

Bielenko, N., Grindrod, C. Myers, E., and Blumstein, S. (2009). Neural correlates of semantic competition during processing of ambiguous words. Journal of Cognitive Neurosceience, 21(5), 960-75.

Myers, E.B and Blumstein, S.E (2008).  The neural bases of the lexical effect: An fMRI investigation. Cerebral Cortex 18(2): 278-88.

Grindrod, C., Bilenko, N., Myers, E., and Blumstein, S. (2008). The role of the left inferior frontal gyrus in implicit semantic competition and selection: an event-related fMRI study. Brain Research, Sep 10; 1229, 167—78.

Ruff, I., Blumstein, S.E., Myers, E.B., and Hutchison, E. (2008).  Recruitment of anterior and posterior structures in lexical-semantic processing: An fMRI study comparing implicit and explicit tasks. Brain and Language 105(1), 41-9.

Hutchison, E., Blumstein, S.E., and Myers, E.B. (2008).  An event-related fMRI investigation of voice-onset time discrimination. NeuroImage 40(1): 342-52.

Myers, E.B. (2007).  Dissociable effects of phonetic competition and category typicality in a phonetic categorization task: An fMRI investigation.  Neuropsychologia 45:1463-1473.

Prabhakaran, R., Blumstein, S.E., Myers, E.B.,  Hutchison, E., and Britton, B. (2006). An event-related fMRI investigation of phonological-lexical competition. Neuropsychologia 44(12), 2209-21.

Blumstein, S.E., Myers, E.B, and Rissman, J. (2005).  The perception of voice-onset time: An fMRI investigation of phonetic category structure.  Journal of Cognitive Neurosicence 17(9), 1353-66.

Myers, E.B. and Blumstein, S.E. (2005). Selectional restriction and semantic priming effects in normals and Broca’s aphasics.  Journal of Neurolinguistics 18(3), 277-296.