Thank you to the Society for Language Development for hosting Gina at their annual symposium, held at Boston University. The 2022 Symposium was on "Event Representations in Language, Learning, and Memory”. Gina’s talk was titled, "How the brain comprehends event sequences: A hierarchical generative framework.” Other speakers were Lila Davachi and Anna Papafragou.
Our study on hierarchical predictive coding is published in Cerebral Cortex!
In this study, we used MEG and ERPs to track the time-course and localization of evoked activity. After a detailed comparison of existing psycholinguistic and neurobiological frameworks, we showed that the full pattern of neural activity can be best explained within a hierarchical predictive coding framework.
Lin Wang, Lotte Schoot, Trevor Brothers, Edward Alexander, Lena Warnke, Minjae Kim, Sheraz Khan, Matti Hamalainen, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Predictive coding across the left fronto-temporal hierarchy during language comprehension", accepted for publication in Cerebral Cortex. Link to manuscript and other materials
Trevor Brothers gave a talk at a symposium at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, held at Newport Beach, CA. Trevor was part of a symposium on "Behavioral, cognitive and neural mechanisms of the performance-monitoring system in reading", and his talk was titled "Domain-general conflict monitoring and individual differences in linguistic error detection".
Goodbye and good luck to Feng Cheng, who joined our lab as an undergrad in the Summer of 2019 and stayed on as a full-time research assistant after graduating in 2021. Feng's work in the lab involved conducting Representational Similarity Analysis on EEG data sets, and developing analysis pipelines/toolboxes for the lab. He will be continuing on to graduate school this Fall to pursue a PhD at NYU's Department of Psychology. Thank you, Feng, for all of your hard work in the lab and good luck for the future!
Trevor Brothers has had his paper, "Capacity limits in sentence comprehension: Evidence from dual-task judgements and event-related potentials," accepted for publication in Cognition. Read the full paper here: Full Text
Congrats to Feng Cheng for his acceptance into graduate school! Feng will join Bob Rehder’s Concepts & Causality Lab under NYU’s Cognition & Perception Ph.D program in the Fall. His primary focus is to create computational models of concept of categories to understand the role of concepts in semantics.
Congrats to Gina, who gave a talk, "Predicting the Future: Computational Neuroscience of Typical and Atypical Language Processing," at at the Dennett Stibel Professorship of Cognitive Science and the Stibel Family Assistant Professorship of Brain and Cognitive Science Lectures. This University-wide special event had been postponed due to the pandemic, but was finally held in-person to celebrate the endowed Professorships. The event was attended by Jeff Stibel (and family), the Tufts alumnus and donor whose generosity made all of this possible.
Gina presented her talk, "Predicting the future: A computational neuroscience approach for studying typical and atypical language processing," at the Neurobiology of Language conference: Key Issues and Ways Forward II. This event was hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Thank you to Dr. Peter Hagoort for chairing the conference, and to all the moderators, organizers, and translators who made the conference a success. Conference Webpage | Link to video of talk