Current Research

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:


Please contact if you would like access to any of the publications below.


  • Mechtenberg, H., Heffner, C. C., Myers, E. B., & Guediche, S. (2023). The cerebellum is sensitive to the lexical properties of words during spoken language comprehension. Neurobiology of Language.
  • Mechtenberg, H., Giorio, C., & Myers, E. B. (2023). Pupil dilation reflects perceptual priorities during a receptive speech task. Ear and hearing, 10.1097/AUD.0000000000001438. Advance online publication.
  • Luthra, S., Mechtenberg, H., Giorio, C., Theodore, R. M., Magnuson, J. S., & Myers, E. B. (2023). Using TMS to evaluate a causal role for right posterior temporal cortex in talker-specific phonetic processing. Brain and Language, 240, 105264.
  • Luthra, S., Magnuson, J. S., & Myers, E. B. (2023). Right posterior temporal cortex supports integration of phonetic and talker information. Neurobiology of Language, 4(1), 145–177.
  • Drouin, J. R., Zysk, V. A., Myers, E. B., & Theodore, R. M. (2023). Sleep-based memory consolidation stabilizes perceptual learning of noise-vocoded speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 1–15.
  • Fuhrmeister, P., Phillips, M. C., McCoach, D. B., & Myers, E. B. (2023). Relationships between native and non-native speech perception. Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition, 10.1037/xlm0001213. Advance online publication.





    • Fuhrmeister, P. (2019). Interference in memory consolidation of non-native speech sounds. In S. Fuchs, J. Cleland, & A. Rochet-Capellan (Eds.), Speech Production and Perception: Learning and Memory (pp. 207-243). Berlin: Peter Lang.
    • Luthra, S., Guediche, S., Blumstein, S. E., & Myers, E. B. (2019) Neural substrates of subphonemic variation and lexical competition in spoken word recognition. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 34(2), 151-169.
    • Luthra, S., Fuhrmeister, P., Molfese, P.J., Guediche, S., Blumstein, S. E., & Myers, E.B. (2019). Brain-behavior relationships in incidental learning of non-native phonetic categories. Brain and Language.


    • Johns, A. J., Skoe, E., & Myers, E.B. (2018). Sensory and cognitive contributions to age-related changes in spoken word recognition. Language and Linguistics Compass 12(2), 1-25.
    • Xie, X., & Myers, E.B. (2018). Left inferior frontal gyrus sensitivity to phonetic competition in receptive language processing: A comparison of clear and conversational speech. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(3), 267-280.
    • Xie, X., *Earle, F. S., & Myers, E. B. (2018). Sleep facilitates generalisation of accent adaptation to a new talker. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 33(2), 196-210.


    • Earle, F. S., Landi, N., & Myers, E. B. (2017). Adults with specific language impairment fail to consolidate speech sounds during sleep. Neuroscience Letters.
    • Fuhrmeister, P., & Myers, E.B. (2017). Non-native phonetic learning is destabilized by exposure to phonological variability before and after training. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 142, EL448.
    • Saltzman, D. & Myers, E. (2017). Listeners are maximally flexible in updating phonetic beliefs over time. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 1-7.
    • Xie, X., Earle, F. S., & Myers, E. B. (2017). Sleep facilitates generalisation of accent adaptation to a new talker. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 1-15.
    • Xie, X., & Myers, E. B. (2017). Learning a talker or learning an accent: Acoustic similarity constrains generalization of foreign accent adaptation to new talkers. Journal of Memory and Language, 97, 30–46.
    • 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: 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.




    • Earle FS and Myers EB (2014). Building phonetic categories: an argument for the role of sleep. Front. Psychol. 5:1192.
    • Myers EB (2014) Emergence of category-level sensitivities in non-native speech sound learning. Front. Neurosci. 8:238. 
    • 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.
    • Del Tufo SN and Myers EB (2014). Phonemic restoration in developmental dyslexia. Front. Neurosci. 8:134.


    • 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. 
    • 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., 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.


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