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!
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. http://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000113
- 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.
Congrats to Xin Xie for successfully defending a monster of a dissertation (nine experiments, folks) titled “Phonetic Adaptation to Foreign Accented Speech.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!