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!
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.
Please join us in congratulating LAB Lab member Hannah Mechtenberg, who will be pursuing her PhD in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Hannah will be starting her PhD journey this August 2020 where she will be focusing on the intersection of language processing and analogical reasoning.
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!
Several big milestones were reached during the week of July 6th, 2020, in the Language in Brain Lab.
First, on July 7th, PhD student Sahil Luthra successfully defended his dissertation proposal. He is now able to proceed with data collection! Congratulations!
Also, on July 10th, PhD candidate Pamela Fuhrmeister successfully defended her dissertation! Congratulations Dr. Fuhrmeister! She will be moving on to start a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Potsdam in Germany on July 15th. Best of luck to her!
LAB Lab members Sahil Luthra, Pamela Fuhrmesiter, PI Dr. Emily Myers, and collaborators Dr. Pete Molfese (National Institutes of Health), Dr. Sara Guediche (Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language), and Dr. Sheila Blumstein (Brown University) have a new publication in Brain and Language titled “Brain-behavior relationships in incidental learning of non-native phonetic categories.” Check it out here!
Check out our second LAB Lab Digest, featuring 2 alumni of the Language and Brain Lab: Dr. Jen Mozieko and Dr. Kathrin Rothermich.
On Monday April 15th, LAB Lab PhD student Sahil Luthra successfully defended his master’s thesis. His talk was titled, “The Influence of Sentence Context on Phonetic Recalibration.”
Big thanks to his committee: Dr. Emily Myers, Dr. James Magnuson, Dr. Gerry Altman, and Dr. Rachel Theodore.
We are excited to see what Sahil works on next!
Please join us in congratulating LAB Lab member Dr. Chris Heffner, who has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Chris will be starting his professor position in August 2020; until then, he will continue as a post-doctoral researcher funded by a fellowship from the Acoustical Society. Congrats, Chris!