Welcome to Bram Vandekerckhove who is joining our lab as a new Post-Doc. He comes from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford where he worked with Kate Nation, Stephen Pulman and Victoria Murphy to investigate the role of experience with written language in the acquisition of lexical knowledge during reading development. Using the ERP technique, he will be studying the nature of categorical abstraction in language comprehension, and is funded by a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation.
Shigetoshi Takaya, Gina Kuperberg, Hesheng Liu, Douglas Greve, Nikos Makris, and Steven Marshall Stufflebeam have had their paper,"Asymmetric projections of the arcuate fasciculus to the temporal cortex underlie lateralized language function in the human brain" accepted for publication in Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. [pdf]
Welcome to Maria Spychalska who is joining our lab as a visiting scholar. Maria comes from the Mercator Research Group "Structure of Memory", Department of Philosophy, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany. She worked with Markus Werning on the processing of scalar implicatures, as well as on bare and modified numerals in language and has done several ERP experiments on these topics for her PhD. Her stay as a visiting scholar is funded via Project International (PR.INT) grant, by the Research School PLUS of the Ruhr University of Bochum.
Congratulations to Gina, who has been awarded an R01 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), "The neural basis of language comprehension: Insights from spatiotemporal imaging". Other lab members and collaborators who contributed and/or will be involved in the grant are: Matti Hämäläinen, Edward Wlotko, Florian Jaeger, Philip Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, Meredith Brown, and Nate Delaney-Busch.
Welcome to Edward (Ted) Alexander who is joining our lab as a new grad student. Ted comes most recently from Rutgers, where he worked on a project studying neural correlates of language deficits in aphasia. He will be working with Dr. Kuperberg and Dr. Einat Shetreet to examine the roles of factives and negation in sentence-level prediction.
Goodbye and good luck to Margarita Zeitlin who, after working as a research assistant in our lab since September 2013, is starting a Ph.D. program in Psychology at the University of Washington with Dr. Lee Osterhout. Thank you to Margarita for all her hard work on numerous ERP studies of predictive mechanisms in language comprehension with Gina Kuperberg, Edward Wlotko, Einat Shetreet, Kirsten Weber, and Meredith Brown.
Goodbye and good luck to Ben Stillerman who, after his time as a research assistant in our lab since August 2013, is starting a Ph.D. program in Social Psychology at NYU. Thank you to Ben for all his hard work on various fMRI, MEG, and EEG studies of language comprehension as well as administrative help in the lab.
Gina is an Invited speaker at a symposium called "Language and Schizophrenia", organized by Wolfram Hinzen at the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP) Conference at the University of Tartu, Estonia. The title of her talk is "When Comprehension is Production: A generative probabilistic approach to explaining language in schizophrenia ".
Gina is an Invited speaker at the Progress in Psychology-2015 SCNU Summer School at South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China. She gave a series of lectures and seminars to faculty, PhD and masters students, and senior undergraduates on the cognitive neuroscience of language comprehension and the cognitive neuroscience of schizophrenia. She was hosted by Suiping Wang, Wei Zheng, Jian Huang, and their students.
Welcome to Minjae Kim who is joining our lab as a new research assistant. Minjae comes from Swarthmore College where she worked with Dr. Dan Grodner on pragmatic inferencing. She will be helping out with ERP and fMRI projects in Dr. Kuperberg's lab.