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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!


Sayako Earle defends dissertation proposal

Congrats to Sayako, who successfully defended her plans for a dissertation tackling the role of sleep in speech sound learning across typical and disordered populations.

New Toys Next Door: 3T Prisma Delivered to MRI Center

Jennifer Mozeiko and Iliana Meza-Gonzalez were on hand to watch a crew and a giant crane gently swing our new toy into the building.

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New paper from Xin Xie on non-native talker identification

Xin Xie has published some of her work on talker identification in JASA.  She’s shown that musical experience (and associated non-linguistic abilities in pitch processing) show a strong relationship to non-native talker identification.  Online at JASA.

New Paper: Talker Generalization in Non-Native Speech Learning Requires Sleep!

We’ve got a new paper out in JASA reporting on the conditions that are required for learners to generalize learning of a non-native contrast from a trained talker to a novel talker  (spoiler alert: sleep matters).


  • Earle, F.S., & Myers, E.B. (2014).  Overnight consolidation promotes generalization across talkers in the identification of nonnative speech sounds. JASA-EL (Vol.137, No.1).  DOI: 10.1121/1.4903918

Xin Xie successfully defends her Dissertation Proposal!

Construction Update: We have a window

Turns out it is very noisy to cut through 18″ concrete–but it will be worth it to have a few windows in our MRI suite!  Visitors to the lab–the hall may not look like it leads to an active lab, but it actually does–we’re still open!Photo Nov 12, 9 12 22 AM

We are open during construction

Construction of the new MRI center is in full-swing.  Today we saw for the first time the results of all of the banging and drilling we’ve been hearing through the walls.  This is the view from immediately outside our lab door–the area behind Jen and I will house a series of behavioral testing labs, a mock scanner, an ERP setup, and a waiting room.  Around the corner will be the scanner itself.

Participants and visitors–never fear–the hallway looks a mess, but we are still open for business during the construction!


Review on Sleep and Phonetic Learning

Sayako and Emily have published a review of the role of sleep in phonetic learning–something we’re very interested in these days.!


Review on non-native speech learning out in Frontiers

I’ve been working on a review of the neurobiology of non-native speech sound learning–specifically discussing the possibility that category-level information transfers from frontal to temporal structures over the course of sound learning.  It’s available (for free) today from Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience.

Myers EB (2014) Emergence of category-level sensitivities in non-native speech sound learning. Front. Neurosci.8:238. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00238