Author: Giorio Jackson, Cristal

IBACS Research Award

Congrats to lab RA, Xinming Zhou, on getting her undergrad IBACS research award funded!

She will be looking at how lifetime experience with accented speech affects people’s ability to perceive accented speech in noise.


For more information regarding the IBACS undergraduate research grant program visit their website here!


Latest Lab Digest – Spring 2021

After a semester break in the Fall, our lab’s digest is out!

Check out what our newest edition covers:

  • Bilingual Aphasia: What if a patient speaks multiple languages?
  • A Temporary Normal: An inside look at aphasia support and therapy groups in a pandemic
  • Language Learning: The importance of sleep and training when learning non-native speech sounds
  • Get to know some of our lab members
    • Phoebe Gaston – Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychological Sciences
    • Anne Marie Crinnion – 1st year graduate student, Psychology – Language and Cognition
    • Hannah Mechtenberg – 1st year graduate student, Psychology – Language and Cognition

Access the Spring 2021 here!

New LAB publication: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

LAB Lab member Sahil Luthra, PI Dr. Emily Myers, and collaborators Dr. João M. Correia (University of Algarve, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language), Dr. Dave F. Kleinschmidt (Rutgers University), and Laura Mesite (MGH Institute of Health Professions, Harvard Graduate School of Education) have a new publication in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience titled “Lexical Information Guides Retuning of Neural Patterns in Perceptual Learning for Speech.” Check it out here!

Welcoming our three newest members

The lab welcomes three new members!

-Phoebe Gaston joins us as a post-doctoral fellow in Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, College Park . Her dissertation was about the ways in which syntactic context impacts auditory word recognition, and at UConn she will begin research on how reliance on contextual constraints changes with imperfect auditory input. 

-Anne Marie Crinnion joins us as a Ph.D. student in Psychology. She received an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard University. She is interested in how top-down information is integrated with lower-level acoustic information, from neural, computational, and behavioral perspectives. 

-Cristal Giorio joins us as lab manager. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology, Biology, and Spanish Literature from Salem College. Her past research involved bilingual control mechanisms. She hopes to continue on pursuing her Ph.D. in the related field.



New LAB Lab Publication in Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Former LAB Lab PhD student, now doing their postdoc at the University of Potsdam, Pamela Fuhrmesiter, Brianna Schlemmer (LAB Lab affiliate), and PI Dr. Emily Myers have a new publication in Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research “Adults Show Initial Advantages Over Children in Learning Difficult Nonnative Speech Sounds.”  Check it out here!