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!

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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

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Mozeiko!

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!

New neighbor coming soon: UConn’s fMRI!

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!

Myers Lab Moves to Phillips

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:

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Twenty minutes later:

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The lab goes to Neurobiology of Language

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