(We are accepting new graduate students for fall 2019. If you are a prospective graduate student, please apply through the Psychology Department and/or contact Dr. Lai directly. If you are an undergraduate student interested in gaining research experiences, please fill the form under the 'Join the Lab' tab. Thanks!)
Vicky has a new paper in Brain Research on when concrete resources are taxed during the comprehension of metaphor, which is typically thought of as a form of abstract language. Please see the publication page.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Caleb won the best poster award at the 13th Annual Arizona WAESO Student Research Conference. Congrats!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
After 7 months of renovation, the EEG lab is functioning now - Hooray!
Vicky started as an assistant professor in Psychology Department and the Cognitive Science program at the University of Arizona.