Neuropsychologia paper out and about town

Congratulations to Drs. Richard Binney and Sameer Ashaie and all of the other nameless, faceless co-authors on our tDCS paper:

Binney RJ, Ashaie SA, Zuckerman BM, Hung J, & Reilly J (in press). Cathodal tDCS of the bilateral anterior temporal lobes facilitates semantically-driven verbal fluency. Neuropsychologia

Yes!  cathodal stimulation of the ATL was facilitative in verbal fluency.  Alert the press! 


Elizabeth Stangl's poster accepted to ASHA 2017

Congratulations to Elizabeth Stangl on the acceptance of her poster to the 2017 American Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Conference in LA!  The poster is titled:

Assessing Mindfulness Among Undergraduate & Graduate Speech Language Pathology Students & its Clinical Implications





Allie Kelly's coprolalia paper accepted to Neurobiology of Language

Congratulations to Allie Kelly et al. on the acceptance of their abstract to this year's SNL conference. Title: 'Watch your mouth: A Neuropsychological Case Study of Evoked Pupillary Responses to Profanity in Aphasia with Coprolalia

I am reasonably confident that this will be the only poster at the conference that prominently features the f-bomb, c-bomb, sh-bomb, or any other bomb.



Our recent work on profanity mentioned in Slate

Shoutout to Ben Zimmer on his article in Slate:  

A New Breakthrough in the History of the “S---gibbon”: The Insult’s Originator Steps Forward

The article references our recent work (under review) on combinatorial profanity. We were/are specifically interested in why certain combinations of words (e.g., jizztrumpet or fucksauce) form plausible and effective new curse words.  As with any article review, we have no idea where the paper will eventually land, but I am hoping for an eventual IgNobel. 

Young phenom, Bonnie Zuckerman, publishes her first article

...With a little help from her friends. This promising scholar is on her way to the Basque Center for Cognitive Neuroscience to complete her Master's degree later this summer. She's a star!

Binney RJ, *Zuckerman B, & Reilly J (2016). A neuropsychological perspective on abstract word representation: From theory to treatment of acquired language disorders. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.


Newly published papers from the lab

We've had a run of good luck recently with publishing. Be on the lookout for the following journal articles:

1.     Binney RJ, *Zuckerman B, & Reilly J (2016). A neuropsychological perspective on abstract word representation: From theory to treatment of acquired language disorders. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

2.     Hung J, Edmonds LM, & Reilly J (2016). Words speak louder than pictures for action concepts: An eyetracking investigation of the picture superiority effect in semantic categorization. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience.

3.     Reilly J, *Garcia A, & Binney R (2016). Does the sound of a barking dog activate its corresponding visual form? An fmri investigation of modality-specific semantic access. Brain and Language.

4.     Reilly J, Peelle JE, Garcia A, & Crutch SJ (2016). Linking somatic and symbolic representation in semantic memory: The Dynamic Multilevel Reactivation Framework.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

5.     Reilly J, *Hung J, & Westbury C (2016). Non-arbitrariness in mapping word form to word meaning: Listener sensitivity to formal markers of word concreteness across seven natural languages. Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12361.

6.     Primativo S, Reilly J, & Crutch SJ (2016). Abstract conceptual feature ratings predict gaze within written word arrays: evidence from a visual wor(l)d paradigm. Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12348



Brain cake -- part II

Hats off to Lama Mrayati for creating this lovely Language and Brain cake for Iman's graduation party.  Check out the little brain and ear fondant icing. They're exquisite.  So impressive! 

Language and brain cake....

Here's a lovely gesture from one of my terrific former undergraduate students, Iman Salam,  from Language and Brain last year. She decorated a graduation cake with her favorite course title!  Congratulations and good luck in your next steps, Iman!