I now have a full-text view-only version of my manuscript recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, entitled "Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Semantic Processing in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An ERP Study". A link is available here.
Pleased to announce that I've just had a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders! It's titled "Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Semantic Processing in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An ERP Study" and is co-authored by Mariya Chernenok, Barry Gordon, and Kerry Ledoux. In this study we used linguistic and non-linguistic stimuli (pairs of words and pairs of pictures, respectively) in a semantic priming paradigm to determine whether a language-specific deficit in semantic processing exists for individuals with ASD. I'll post a link to the publisher's website on my Publications page once the online version is available.
I am pleased announce that I have accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont (UVM), beginning in August 2017! As a UVM alumna I am excited to be rejoining the institution that gave me my start in research. Things certainly have a way of coming full circle! In addition to teaching I will be continuing my work in autism and language processing using neuroimaging techniques, and will be collaborating with faculty in the departments of Neurological Sciences, Psychiatry, and Radiology. I'm honored to be a part of a vibrant research community and to be coming home to UVM.
Check out more about the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders on the Links page.
I'm very excited to be presenting as part of a symposium entitled Comics and cognitive science: Towards a field of study, to take place at the Cognitive Science Society meeting in August. The symposium is organized by my friend and colleague Neil Cohn, with whom I've run a fun study comparing visual and linguistic narratives in individuals with autism. You can see some highlights of this work in the poster I presented at the 2015 Society for the Neurobiology of Language meeting, which is on my Publications page.
Some of my bilingualism work has recently been featured in the Biomedical Odyssey blog at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Check it out here!
I've updated my R code page to include two new functions for conducting mass univariate analyses on ERP data. One function runs the statistics, and the other plots the ERP waveforms with windows of statistical significance, as determined by the mass univariate statistics, as colored bars underneath the waveforms. The mass univariate function includes a variety of possible methods that are explained in more detail in the excellent tutorial published by Groppe et al. (2011). Comments and feedback welcome!
A commentary on the phenomenon of the "bilingual advantage", co-authored with Walter van Heuven, has been published in Cortex. The commentary is a response to a paper by Paap, Johnson & Sawi (2015), also in Cortex, and calls for the literature to adopt new approaches to investigating this popular phenomenon. A link to the published manuscript is available on the Publications page.
I'll be presenting a poster at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language conference, to be held in Chicago in October, entitled "Visual vs. Linguistic Narrative Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders". This work is a collaboration with Neil Cohn at UCSD, who studies visual narratives. Go to the Publications page, or stop by my poster at SNL, for more details!
I have a new paper that's just been published, titled "The functional overlap of executive control and language processing in bilinguals". We used conjunction analyses in fMRI to look at how the brain regions involved in linguistic executive control, non-linguistic executive control, and language processing might overlap differently in monolinguals and bilinguals. The main finding was that bilinguals showed overlap of these functions in the left inferior frontal gyrus, whereas monolinguals did not show any overlap. This suggests that bilingualism fundamentally alters the functional interdependence of language and executive control in the bilingual brain. I'm very proud of this study and think it's a fascinating finding!
A link to the publisher's website can be found on the publications page. If you have trouble accessing the full text, please contact me and I can send you a PDF version.
I recently contributed a chapter to a book called "Neuroscience in Intercultural Contexts" about the neuroscience of bilingualism, which has now been published - see the publications page for full details. The book as a whole is very interesting and provides a good introduction to the field of cultural neuroscience - an area I personally didn't know much about. If you get a chance, pick up a copy!