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New LAB Lab publication in the Journal of Memory and Language!

Recent LAB Lab graduate Xin Xie and PI Emily Myers have a new publication in the Journal of Memory and Language entitled: “Learning a talker or learning an accent: Acoustic similarity constrains generalization of foreign accent adaptation to new talkers”. Check it out here.

New LAB Lab publication in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters!

LAB Lab member Pamela Fuhrmeister and PI Emily Myers have a new publication in JASA-EL entitled “Non-native phonetic learning is destabilized by exposure to phonological variability before and after training”! Check it out here.

Copyright 2017 Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America.

New LAB Lab publication in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review!

LAB Lab member David Saltzman and PI Emily Myers have a new publication in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review entitled “Listeners are maximally flexible in updating phonetic beliefs over time”. A PDF copy is available here.

Belated welcome to new members Sahil Luthra and David Saltzman!

Two new lab members joined us in 2016, IGERT fellow Sahil Luthra, and lab manager David Saltzman.

New LAB Lab publication in the Journal of Memory and Language!

Lab alumnus Xin Xie has a new publication alongside Dr. Emily Myers in the Journal of Memory and Language entitled “Learning a Talker or Learning an Accent: Acoustic Similarity Constrains Generalization of Foreign Accent Adaptation to New Talkers”.

The article is accessible here.

Congratulations Dr. Stephanie Del Tufo and Dr. Sayako Earle

It’s been a busy few months in the lab.  A few exciting items:

We are delighted to congratulate Dr. Stephanie Del Tufo, who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled, “The Hyperplasticity Hypothesis: Speech Encoding and Plasticity in Typical and Dyslexic Readers.”  Stephanie has gone on to a postdoc with Laurie Cutting at Vanderbilt. Congrats, Steph!

Further, we’re also happy to congratulate Dr. Sayako Earle on the successful defense of her PhD thesis, entitled, ” Nonnative Phonetic Learning in Adults With and Without Language Impairment.”  Sayako begins a faculty position at the University of Delaware this Fall.  Congrats, Sayako!

We’re also saying goodbye to Xin Xie, a recent graduate who is headed off for a postdoc with Florian Jaeger at Rochester University, and Iliana Meza-Gonzalez, who is leaving the program for greener pastures (and better climates). And Alexis Johns, who is off to a postdoc at Brandeis.

We wish all of our lab-mates well, and we’ll miss you! Don’t forget to come back and visit.

Stay tuned for an announcement soon about new folks joining the lab soon.

Congratulations, Dr. Alexis Johns!

Alexis Johns successfully defended her dissertation, “Sensory and Cognitive Influences on Lexical Competition in Spoken Word Recognition in Younger and Older Listeners”, co-supervised by Emily Myers and Jim Magnuson. She leaves us soon for a postdoc with Arthur Wingfield at Brandeis.  Congrats to Alexis!DSC08776


News Roundup: 2016

A few items from the past few months:

  • A paper we’ve been excited about for a long time has appeared in press–this is part of Sayako’s dissertation work:
    • 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.
  • Emily recently received an NSF CAREER award.  We’re really excited to begin work on this project. Press here.
  • There are other big changes on the horizon for LABlab members–but that post will wait.

Xin Xie: Defends Dissertation!

Congrats to Xin Xie for successfully defending a monster of a dissertation (nine experiments, folks) titled “Phonetic Adaptation to Foreign Accented Speech.”

Sayako Earle awarded NRSA Fellowship from NIH/NIDCD

We are delighted to announce that Sayako Earle has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (better known as an NRSA) from the NIH/NIDCD.

This award funds a two-year project titled “Phonetic learning in adults with and without language impairment.”  Please join me in extending congratulations to Sayako!