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:

Lab Publications

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


Heffner, C. C., Fuhrmeister, P., Luthra, S., Mechtenberg, H., Saltzman, D., & Myers, E. B. (2022). Reliability and validity for perceptual flexibility in speech. Brain and Language, 226, 105070.


Heffner, C. C., & Myers, E. B. (2021). Individual differences in phonetic plasticity across native and nonnative contexts. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 64(10), 3720–3733.

Fuhrmeister, P., & Myers, E. B. (2021). Structural variation in the temporal lobe predicts learning and retention of non-native speech sounds. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 37(1), 63–79.

Mechtenberg, H., Xie, X., & Myers, E. B. (2021). Sentence predictability modulates cortical response to phonetic ambiguity. Brain and Language218, 104959.

Luthra, S., Saltzman, D., Myers, E. B., & Magnuson, J. S. (2021). Listener expectations and the perceptual accommodation of talker variability: A pre-registered replication. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 83(6), 2367–2376.

Myers, E. B. (2021). Speech perception following focal brain injury. In Nygaard, Pardo, Pisoni & Remez, Eds. The Handbook of Speech Perception, 570-601.

Luthra, S., Mechtenberg, H., & Myers, E. B. (2021). Perceptual learning of multiple talkers requires additional exposure. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 83(5), 2217–2228.

Luthra, S. (2021). The role of the right hemisphere in processing phonetic variability between talkers. Neurobiology of Language, 2(1), 138-151.

Fuhrmeister, P., & Myers, E. B. (2021). Structural neural correlates of individual differences in categorical perception. Brain and Language, 215, 104919.

Saltzman, D., & Myers, E. (2021). Listeners are initially flexible in updating phonetic beliefs over time. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 28(4), 1354–1364.


Saltzman, D. I., & Myers, E. B. (2020). Neural representation of articulable and inarticulable novel sound contrasts: The role of the dorsal stream. Neurobiology of Language1(3), 339-364.

Luthra, S., Magnuson, J. S., & Myers, E. B. (2020). Boosting lexical support does not enhance lexically guided perceptual learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 47(4), 685–704.

Luthra, S., Correia, J. M., Kleinschmidt, D. F., Mesite, L. & Myers, E. B. Lexical information guides retuning of neural patterns in perceptual learning of speech. (2020). Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience32(10), 2001-2012.

Fuhrmeister, P., Schlemmer, B., & Myers, E. B. (2020). Adults show initial advantages over children in learning difficult nonnative speech sounds. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(8), 2667–2679.

Fuhrmeister, P., Smith, G., & Myers, E. B. (2020). Overlearning of non-native speech sounds does not result in superior consolidation after a period of sleep. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(3). EL289-EL294.

Fuhrmeister, P., & Myers, E. B. (2020). Desirable and undesirable difficulties: Influences of variability, training schedule, and aptitude on nonnative phonetic learning. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 82(4), 2049–2065.


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.


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, 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.

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, 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, 1068–1078.

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, 1680–1695.

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, 419.

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).


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., 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.


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