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May 2020

Vicky received George H. Davis Fellowship Award, an award "intended to increase visibility and networking opportunities, and to provide timely recognition in research, scholarship, and creative activities".  

Rachel successfully defended her Dissertation "Interacting factors in the comprehension of ambiguous three word phrases: local semantic constraints, structural preferences, discourse and task constraints." Congratulations, Dr. Brown!

Colin graduated with his honors thesis "The role of metaphor in anxiety regulation and expression". Congrats, Colin!

Valeria was selected one of the two CogSci showcase students in the academic year 2019-2020. She gave a CogSci colloquium talk on "Emojis and text: An ERP study". UA CogSci affiliates can access a recording of the talk online here.

Claudia was awarded a second place best poster award for her poster: "Neural correlates of visual metaphor processing: Introduction" at the 14th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) Student Conference . Congrats, Claudia!

Alexa was awarded a second place best poster award for her poster: "Neural correlates of visual metaphor processing: Design & stimuli" at the 14th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) Student Conference. Congrats, Alexa!

 

April 2020

Stanley and Vicky published a new paper "The mental representation and social aspect of expressives" in Cognition and Emotion. Congrats! 

Lab operations have been moved online in compliance with the stay-at-home order until further notice. Research continues online.

Li-Chuan (Matt) published a new paper "How do extraverts process jokes? An event-related potential study on humor processing" in Brain and Cognition. Congrats, Matt!

 

March 2020

We have been interviewed by University of Arizona 's Research Innovation & Impact media team about how language and words are used during the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Please see here for the full article. Also on Medical Xpress

Three of our undergraduates presented posters on visual metaphors at the 14th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) Student Conference at Arizona State University on March 3rd. Congrats, Alexa, Claudia and Michelle!

 

February 2020

Li-Chuan (Matt) and Vicky published a new paper "Personality traits and emotional word recognition: An ERP study" in Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. Congrats! 

 

January 2020

We again received funding from Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) to fund three underrepresented undergraduate students. They will continue to work on the research project on "visual metaphors". 

Katya will join the lab as a post-doc. Welcome, Katya!

Anna started her 3-month internship at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, working on ERP studies of event conceptualizations, co-supervised by Monique Flecken and Vicky. 

Stanley is accepted to present his work on swearwords in context at the 33rd CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing in Amherst, MA. Congrats, Stanley!

Katie is accepted to present her work on context of acquisition on affective perception at the annual CNS (Cognitive Neuroscience Society) meeting in Boston, MA. Congrats, Katie!

We participated in an outreach program where 15 high school students visited the lab to learn about Psycholinguistics in general and the ongoing work in the lab.

 

December 2019

Daniela graduated with her honors thesis "Motion Events in English and Polish Monolinguals and Bilinguals". Congrats, Daniela!

We presented three posters at the ASU/UA Cognitive Science Conclave on December 7th in Tucson. Stanley will present: "Concepts be damned! New insights from expressive adjectives". Anna will present: " Event Conceptualization in English and Russian Monolinguals and Bilinguals". Valeria will present: "The Effect of Emojis on Text Processing". New lab photo.

 

November 2019

Valeria won the 2019 Outstanding Research in Cognitive Science Award from the Cognitive Science Program. She and her research will represent the Cognitive Science Program during the GIDP (Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs) Graduate Student Showcase.

 

October 2019

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab participated in the annual Psychology Halloween Fun and won first prize! Congrats, everyone!

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Colin received the Honors Legacy Award for his honors thesis research. He will use the fund to continue examining the role of metaphor in anxiety and mental health. Congrats, Colin!

 

September 2019

We received funding from Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) to fund three underrepresented undergraduate students. They will be trained and will be involved in a specific research project on "visual metaphors". 

 

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!

Emma submitted her honor's thesis titled: "Neurolinguistic Processing and Social Stress of Emojis in Emotionally Ambiguous Text Messages". Congrats, Emma!

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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