Five more years! I am thrilled to report that our language treatment grant DC013063 has been renewed from 2019-2024. I was so stressed out that I was eating crisco right out of the jar. Thanks to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
We are now the Concepts and Cognition Laboratory. Parsimony.
Yes it's true! We just published a tDCS and eyetracking study in Brain and Language. They said it couldn't be done. Actually, nobody would ever say that it couldn't be done. Anyone with the peculiar motivation to shock someone's brain, ask them to name a picture, and then film where their eyes go could publish this paper. Be on the lookout for this creative gem led by Drs. Richard Binney and Sameer Ashaie:
Binney RJ, Ashaie SA, Zuckerman BM, Hung J, & Reilly J (2018). A combined neurostimulation and eyetracking investigation of semantically-guided visual search in confrontation naming. Brain & Language.
I knew that our undergraduate research assistant, Tirzah Sheppard, was smart, but holy cow! Tirzah has been accepted to Columbia University's Summer Public Health Program. Congratulations are in order. Cure our ills, Tirzah.
The great Molly Ungrady just had her paper accepted at the Learning and Plasticity conference in April (2018) in Äkäslompolo, Finland:
Early Detection of Lexical-Semantic Impairment in Minority Cognitive Aging.
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!
Our article was just accepted to Frontiers in Psychology (Language Sciences). Be on the lookout for: Troche J, Crutch SJ, & Reilly J (2017). Defining a conceptual topography of word concreteness: Clustering properties of emotion, sensation, and magnitude among 750 English words. Frontiers in Language Science.
What an incredible group of interns this summer -- and Bonnie Zuckerman snuck in there, too.
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
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.
Huzzah! Off into the world go our 2017 lab graduates -- Victoria Rodriguez, Jennifer Brandley, Veronica O'Reilly, Rameez Sultan
Shoutout to Ben Zimmer on his article in Slate:
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.
well, well, well.... a certain faculty member who shall remain nameless (i.e., kim sabourin) has formally apologized for the hurtful outburst she threw down on her interim department chair a year ago.
Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Troche on being among 40 meritorious papers selected from among 1900 submissions. Top flight, Dr. Troche.
...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.
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
Assuming that Brexit doesn't kill the conference, our esteemed Dr. Binney is on his way to London on a travel fellowship to present two papers. Kudos to Dr. Binney...