Lab photo April 2019

August 2019

We will be presenting at the 60th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montreal, Canada, from November 14-16, 2019. Anna will be presenting a poster on "The Event Conceptualization in English and Russian Monolinguals and Bilinguals", and Dr. Lai will give a talk on the role of metaphor on emotion regulation.


July 2019

Dr. Lai is invited to a public discussion at Spirit of the Senses Salon: Social Experience of Art, Science, and Cultural in Phoenix, on how the brain finds meaning in metaphors of language.


June 2019

Is it a piece of cake for the brain to interpret a metaphor? NPR Arizona Spotlight, 6/12/2019. Dr. Lai's part is from 17-27 min.  

How metaphors make language more colorful! NPR Arizona Science 6/14/2019


May 2019

Anna has been awarded a Linda Waugh / SLAT Research Award (Summer-Fall 2019) in support of her research on whether verb aspect influences event representations in native speakers of English and Russian. Congrats, Anna!

Lab activities: EEG boot camp by Matt and Lab BBQ!

Lab photo April 2019


April 2019

Valeria won best poster award in the spring 2019 Master thesis research forum. Congrats, Valeria!

News release on "UA researcher: Studying metaphors ..." in Arizona Daily Star.

News release on "How the brain finds meaning in metaphor" in Science Daily.


March 2019 

Valeria received travel grant from Graduate and Professional Student Council and Psychology Department Spring 2019 Scholarship! Congrats, Valeria!

Dr. Lai has a new paper on when concrete resources are taxed during the comprehension of metaphor. Please see the publication page.


February 2019 

Rachel received the Summer Dissertation Fellowship from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Summer 2019. She will use the funds to continue working on her dissertation examining how readers use context to interpret ambiguous phrases. Congrats, Rachel!


January 2019 

Two posters accepted at the annual meeting of CNS (Cognitive Neuroscience Society) 2019: "Emotional language and healthy aging" by Matt (Li-Chuan) Ku and "Changes in the neural representations of abstract science concepts after metaphoric reasoning" by Vicky Lai.

Two posters accepted at the 32nd CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing 2019: "Emotion regulation through irony" by Valeria Pfeifer and "ERP correlates for the meaning and structure of ambiguous phrases in context" by Rachel.



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