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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!

Vicky 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.

 

December 2018

Matt (Li-Chuan) Ku received the University of Arizona Research and Project (ReaP) Grants for Spring 2019. He will use the fund to continue working on his EEG study examining emotional language processing in younger and older adults. Congrats, Matt! 

 

November 2018

Dr. Lai was elected as a Fellow in the Psychonomic Society. 

Stanley received the University of Arizona Research and Project (ReaP) Grants for Fall 2018. He will use the fund for his EEG study examining swear words in context. Congrats, Stanley! 

 

October 2018

Emma received NSCS (Neuroscience & Cognitive Science) undergraduate research award. She will use the fund to continue working on her EEG study examining emojis, language, and social stress. Congrats, Emma!

 

April 2018

Caleb won the best poster award at the 13th Annual Arizona WAESO Student Research Conference. Congrats!

 

March 2018

Stanley received a pre-doctoral grant from Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI) here at U of A. Congrats!

Nyssa presented a poster "Beating around the evergreen bush: Conventionality violations elicit P300" in the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference at UC Davis from March 15-17.

Stanley presented a poster "Brain potentials of expressive content: New evidence for semantic theory" in the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference at UC Davis from March 15-17.

Tachelle and Caleb presented their posters on "Learning with Figurative Language" at the 13th Annual Arizona WAESO Student Research Conference at Arizona State University in Phoenix on March 1.

 

Fall 2017

Dr. Lai was awarded small grants to support underrepresented undergraduate students from Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) - ASU for two students in Fall 2017 and four students in Spring 2017.

Dr. Lai was on Maternity leave.

 

June 2017

Nyssa joined the lab as our postdoc. Welcome, Nyssa!

Tachelle joined the lab through the 2017 NIH Undergraduate Student Research program. Welcome, Tachelle!

Stanley presented "What the hell? What swearing can tell us about conventional implicatures" at XPrag 2017 (the 7th biannual Experimental Pragmatics) in Cologne, Germany. Good job, Stanley!

 

May 2017

Rachel received the University of Arizona Research and Project (ReaP) Grants for fall 2017. She will use the fund to continue working on her EEG study that examines the processing of multiword expressions in the lab. Congrats, Rachel!

 

April 2017

Stanley received two awards from Germany: Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics, and Scientists (DAAD) and Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin. He will be working on pragmatics at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin, starting in October 2017, for a period of one year. Congrats, Stanley!

Emma is awarded the Undergraduate Biology Research program for summer 2017. She will be working on a neuroscience project on spatial navigation using rats with Dr. Jean-Marc Fellous, and a cognitive neuroscience project on human emotion and language with us. Congrats, Emma!

Vicky has a new paper in Brain and Language on the effects of motion speed in action representations. Please see the publication page.

 

March 2017 

After 7 months of renovation, the EEG lab is functioning now - Hooray!         

 

August 2016

Vicky started as an assistant professor in Psychology Department and the Cognitive Science program at the University of Arizona.