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!
Sayako and Emily have published a review of the role of sleep in phonetic learning–something we’re very interested in these days.!
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
Stephanie Del Tufo’s work on phonemic restoration in dyslexia is now available online. Congrats to Stephanie!
Del Tufo, S. N., & Myers, E. B. (2014). Phonemic restoration in developmental dyslexia. Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 8, 134.
Jen Mozeiko successfully defended her dissertation, titled “Neurobehavioral response to increased treatment dosage in chronic aphasia.” Jen is co-advised by Emily Myers and Carl Coelho, and she will be staying on as an Assistant Professor of Research in the Speech Language and Hearing Sciences department at UConn. Congrats, Jen!
We’ve known about this for a while, but the official news is out–plans are underway to install an MRI facility in our building. Entrance to the facility will be immediately next door to our lab, and will host behavioral and EEG testing spaces, child and adult-friendly spaces, a mock scanner, as well as the magnet itself. We are bracing ourselves for a year of working around construction noise–but it will be well worth it!
Our own Sayako Earle received a New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship from the ASHFoundation. Congrats to Sayako!
After three years in Monteith, our lab has moved to newly-renovated space on the first floor of Phillips Communication Sciences Building (143 PCSB). Thanks to the wonderful efforts of the graduate and undergraduate students, we were moved in and set up within about 24 hours.
Before the movers came:
Twenty minutes later:
Emily and Jen represented the lab at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL–not that SNL) conference in San Diego. It was a lively and exciting meeting.
How the Brain Processes Talker Variability: The Role of Expectation Emily Myers, Laura Mesite, Alexis Johns, James Magnuson
Neurobiological Change Following Intensive Therapy for Chronic Mild Aphasia: An fMRI Study. Jennifer Mozeiko, Emily Myers,Carl Coelho