Strong showing from the LAB lab at UConn LangFest 2018!

The LAB lab would like to acknowledge its excellent undergraduates for their participation at this year’s UConn Language Fest! This year, there were two posters created and presented by undergraduate researchers in addition to two posters presented by senior lab members.

David Busel, a senior SLHS major, presented a poster entitled “Dynamic Adaptation During Lexically-Guided Perceptual Learning in People with Aphasia”, following up on work he has done for the last year in the LAB lab in conjunction with David Saltzman and lab almuna Kathrin Rothermich. This project sought to understand the role of frontal brain areas in adapting to novel phonetic information by having people with aphasia engage in an experiment that requires them to implicitly adapt to an “accented” talker.



Alyssa Finuoli and Madison Perriolat, both junior SLHS majors, presented a poster entitled “Training manipulations and individual aptitude affect non-native speech sound learning”, which came from work in conjunction with graduate student Pam Fuhrmeister. This project sought to find the most advantageous approach to teaching listeners unfamiliar non-native speech sounds by manipulating the kinds of training participants received.



Post-doctoral scholar Chris Heffner also presented a poster on his work entitled “Good Learners are Good Learners: Reliability in Phonetic Learning”:

Graduate students Pam Fuhrmeister and Sahil Luthra presented a collaborative project entitled “Brain-behavior relationships in implicit learning of non-native phonetic categories”:

New LAB Lab Publication in Neuroscience Letters!

Lab alumnus F. Sayako Earle (Assistant Professor, University of Delaware) and LAB Lab PI Emily Myers, along with UConn Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences faculty member Nicole Landi have a new publication in Neuroscience Letters entitled “Adults with Specific Language Impairment fail to consolidate speech sounds during sleep”. A PDF is available upon request.

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.

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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.