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The Importance of Name Pronunciation

Laura Widman and Ethan Kutlu work with Isaac Podolefsky to raise awareness about the importance of name pronunciation and name identity on campus and to increase the effectiveness and types of name-capturing tools.

Moving forward: The development of a discourse marker

Sarah Fagan publishes a new paper titled "Moving forward: The development of a discourse marker".

The FreqTag toolbox: A principled approach to analyzing electrophysiological time series in frequency tagging paradigms

Steady-state visual evoked potential (ssVEP) frequency tagging is an increasingly used method in electrophysiological studies of visual attention and perception. Frequency tagging is suitable for studies examining a wide range of populations, including infants and children. Frequency tagging involves the presentation of different elements of a visual array at different temporal rates, thus using stimulus timing to “tag” the brain response to a given element by means of a unique time signature. Leveraging the strength of the ssVEP frequency tagging method to isolate brain responses to concurrently presented and spatially overlapping visual objects requires specific signal processing methods.

Wenqi Zeng: 2022 Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship Winner

Wenqi Zeng is the recipient of the Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship for 2022. This fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced Ph.D. student to benefit from protected and supported time to pursue their scholarly research activities. The fellowship is intended to recognize students with distinguished academic achievement during their early graduate training. These achievements should be evident from a combination of outstanding academic performance in coursework, as well as early scholarly research activities.

Wenqi Zeng: 2022 Graduate College Summer Fellowship Winner

Wenqi Zeng is the recipient of the Graduate College Summer Fellowship for summer 2022. This fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced Ph.D. student to benefit from protected and supported time to pursue their scholarly research activities.

Christine Shea presents "Who Lateralizes Matters" at virtual conference

Christine Shea presented "Who Lateralizes Matters" at the Georgetown University Roundtable (virtual), Georgetown University, March 10-13, 2022.

Language Policy in Iowa and Spanish Heritage Speakers

Conference Presentation at National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, February 24th-26th, 2022

Perception in Context: How Multilingualism is a Door to New Horizons but a Gatekeeper for Some

Perception in Context: How Multilingualism is a Door to New Horizons but a Gatekeeper for Some. Invited speaker, UC Davis Cluster on Language Research, February 23, 2022.

Bridging people and perspectives: General and language-specific social network structure predict mentalizing across diverse sociolinguistic contexts.

Mentalizing, or reasoning about others’ mental states, is a dynamic social cognitive process that aids in communication and navigating complex social interactions. We examined whether exposure to diverse perspectives, afforded by occupying influential social network positions, predicted bilingual adults’ performances on a behavioral mentalizing rating task in regions of high and low linguistic diversity. We calculated the degree to which respondents’ social network position generally bridged unconnected others (i.e., general betweenness) and specifically bridged language communities (i.e., language between- ness).

Bridging Personal and Ecological Language Dynamics: A Systems Framework of Bilingualism

Human cognition occurs within social contexts, and nowhere is this more evident than language behavior. Regularly using multiple languages is a globally ubiquitous individual experience that is shaped by social environmental forces, ranging from interpersonal interactions to ambient language exposure. Here, we develop a Systems Framework of Bilingualism, where embedded layers of individual, interpersonal, and ecological sociolinguistic factors jointly predict people’s language behavior.