2020

Gina's virtual visit to the University of Arizona

November 13, 2020
Thank you to Dr. Vicky Lai for hosting Gina's virtual visit to the University of Arizona, where she gave an invited talk at the Cognitive Science Virtual Colloquium Series: “Does hierarchical predictive coding mediate language comprehension? Evidence from multimodal neuroimaging.”  Click for abstract.

Wired for Thought: Official launch of the Stibel Dennett Consortium for Brain and Cognitive Science at Tufts!

October 15, 2020

UPDATE: Watch the event recording and full conversation with Dan Dennett!

Tufts is hosting an event to launch the Stibel Dennett Consortium for Brain and Cognitive Science on
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 4 PM Eastern

The Stibel Dennett Consortium was made possible by gifts from Jeff Stibel, a Tufts graduate in Cognitive Science, and it aims to enhance the interdisciplinary scholarship and research of the Brain and Cognitive Science community at Tufts, see Tufts Stibel Dennett Consortium. In addition to creating two endowed professorships, one of which Dr. Kuperberg is an inaugural recipient, Stibel donated a company (BrainGate, Inc.) and associated intellectual property focused on the development of brain-computer interfaces.

The live stream will feature a panel discussion featuring Jeff and members of the Tufts Cognitive Science community, as well as a brief talk by Gina about the impact of our lab’s research on future brain-computer interfaces.

Click http://pages.communications.tufts.edu/wiredforthought to register for the event.

See also Tufts press release
Coverage from The Boston Globe
Op-ed by Jeff Stibel on the future of brain-computer interfaces

Congratulations to Trevor Brothers and Gina Kuperberg!

September 7, 2020
Trevor Brothers and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper "Word predictability effects are linear, not logarithmic: Implications for probabilistic models of sentence comprehension"  accepted for publication in the Journal of Memory and Language.

Lin had a baby!

September 4, 2020

The NeuroCognition of Language Lab is very excited to welcome a new member! Sean Wang Meyer was born on the evening of September 4th. Congratulations to parents Lin Wang and John Meyer!

Baby Sean

Goodbye and good luck to Sophie Greene!

August 27, 2020

Goodbye and good luck to Sophie Greene, who joined our lab as a research assistant in May 2018. Sophie ran participants for many EEG studies as well as coordinated the efforts of all our undergrad RAs and mentored several of them. She is planning on continuing in biomedical research before going on to medical school. Thank you to Sophie for all your hard work in the lab and best of luck in the future!

See pictures here

Congrats to Gina Kuperberg!

August 12, 2020
Gina Kuperberg has had her review "Tea with milk? A Hierarchical Generative Framework of Sequential Event Comprehension"  accepted for publication in Topics in Cognitive Science.

Thank you to our undergraduate volunteers!

May 21, 2020

Thank you to the wonderful undergraduate students who worked in our lab over the past academic year: Feng (Ted) Cheng, Emma Fleisher (who graduated this year!), Elizabeth Kenneally, Maya Lazarus, Sydney McKiernan, Santiago Noriega, Cassidy Prejean, and Elizabeth Weber.

27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society

May 5, 2020

CNS 2020 went virtual this year, and the lab presented several posters:

  • Trevor Brothers, Sophie Greene, and Gina Kuperberg presented a poster, titled "Distinct neural signatures of semantic retrieval and event updating during discourse comprehension" (link to poster and abstract)
  • Sophie Greene, Trevor Brothers, Elizabeth Weber, Santiago Noriega, and Gina Kuperberg presented a poster, titled "The time course of predictability and plausibility effects during discourse comprehension" (link to poster and abstract)
  • Victoria Sharpe, Lin Wang, Nathaniel Delaney-Busch, and Gina Kuperberg presented a poster, titled "The neural basis of the negativity bias" (link to poster and abstract)
  • Lin Wang and Gina Kuperberg presented a poster, titled "A systematic comparison between spatial similarity and evoked responses in EEG and MEG during language comprehension" (link to poster and abstract)
 

Congratulations to Dr. Andy Valenti

April 10, 2020
Congratulations to Andy Valenti from Matthias Scheutz's lab here in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts, who defended his PhD thesis, "A Companion Robot for Modeling the Expressive Behavior of Persons with Parkinson's Disease." Gina served on his thesis committee along with Dr. Scheutz and other committee members: JP deRuiter, Antonio Roque, and Matthew Marge.