School of Communication

Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group

Lab News

2017

  • Winter 2017
    • Congratulations to Margarita Kaushanskaya on the birth of her son on December 30, 2016! Happy New Year!
    • January. Dr. Lilia Rissman from the University of Chicago visited the lab and gave a talk titled “Gradient Verbal Meaning across Languages.”
    • February. Dr. Angela Grant from Pennsylvania State University gave a talk titled “Learning a Second Language: Processes & Consequences.”
    • February. Dr. Sayuri Hayakawa from the University of Chicago visited the lab and gave a talk titled “Morality & Mental Imagery in a Foreign Language.”
    • Congratulations to James Bartolotti on the birth of his daughter on February 23!
  • Spring 2017
    • Congratulations to Ashley Leung on being accepted to the Ph.D. program in Psychology at the University of Chicago!
    • Congratulations to Munirah AlKhuwaiter and Sherry Ning on being accepted to the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University!
    • Congratulations to Max Freeman on successfully defending his dissertation proposal!
    • April. Professor Marian served as an invited panelist at a roundtable on Describing and Quantifying Bilingualism at the Society for Research in Child Development in Austin, Texas.
    • April. Professor Marian served as a panelist on a faculty panel on Navigating Tenure at Northwestern University.
  • Summer 2017
    • Congratulations to Aimee van den Berg on being accepted to the Beaver Works Summer Institute at MIT!
    • Congratulations to Julia Borland on being accepted to the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, Arabic Summer Program in Amman, Jordan.
    • July. Professor Marian taught a tutorial on assessing phonological and orthographic neighborhood density in English, Spanish, French, German, and Dutch at the World Congress of Applied Linguistics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Publications
  • Conferences
    • March. Sumit Dhar, Tuan Q. Lam, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Top-down control of cochlear mechanics – Bilingualism and Spontaneous OAEs” to the American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ.
    • April. James Bartolotti, Aimee Van den Berg, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Task difficulty and affect interact to influence learning success” to the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
    • April. Viorica Marian, James Bartolotti, Sirada Rochanavibhata, Kailyn Bradley, and Arturo Hernandez presented their paper “Cortical activation during linguistic competition in bilinguals” to the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
    • April. Viorica Marian, Tuan Q. Lam, Ashley Leung, and Sumit Dhar presented their paper “Top-down cognitive and linguistic effects on physiology: Evidence from SOAE” to the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
    • April.  Aimee van den Berg, James Bartolotti, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Task difficulty, mood, confidence, and language similarity influence vocabulary acquisition in a foreign language.” at the IMSAloquium at Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, IL.
    • June. Peiyao Chen, Susan Bobb, Noriko Hoshino, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Neural signatures of resolving linguistic and non-linguistic interference” to the meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland.
    • June. Sumit Dhar, Tuan Q. Lam, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Bilingualism and executive function influence otoacoustic emissions” to the meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland.
    • June. Viorica Marian, James Bartolotti, Sirada Rochanavibhata, Kailyn Bradley, and Arturo Hernandez presented their paper “Bilingual cortical control of within- and between-language competition” to the meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland.
    • June. James Bartolotti, Aimee Van den Berg, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Wordlikeness and concreteness interact to influence second language vocabulary learning” to the meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland.
    • November. Max Freeman and Viorica Marian will present their paper “Cross-linguistic perception of phonotactics in bilinguals” to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.
    • November. Sirada Rochanavibhata, Julia Borland, and Viorica Marian will present their paper “Differences in communication styles at the age of 4 in English and Thai mother-child dyads” to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.
    • November. James Bartolotti, Aimee Van den Berg, and Viorica Marian will present their paper “Using L1 to acquire L2: Bridge words as a learning aid” to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.

2016

  • Professor Marian co-organized the Norwegian-American Workshop on Bilingualism at Northwestern, with Professors Jason Rothman, Terje Lohndal, and Marit Westergaard.
  • Max Freeman passed his qualifying research project defense and received a non-clinical master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He was admitted to Ph.D. candidacy and is now “all but dissertation” (ABD).
  • Peiyao Chen passed her qualifying research project defense and received a non-clinical master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She was admitted to Ph.D. candidacy and is now “all but dissertation” (ABD).
  • Scott Schroeder accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University in New York.
  • James Bartolotti was hooded in The Graduate School graduation ceremony at the end of Spring Quarter.
  • Max Freeman was selected to serve on the Topic Committee for Cultural and Linguistic Issues at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention.
  • Sirada (Ping) Rochanavibhata collected data in Thailand this Summer.
  • Peiyao Chen and her teammates from the Northwestern University Curling Club won the Chicago Curling Club’s All-American Event.
  • Congratulations to Munirah Alkhuwaiter on the birth of her daughter on June 24!
  • Publications
  • Talks
    • November. Professor Marian gave the opening keynote address for Brain Awareness Week in the Departments of Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience, and Modern Languages and Literatures at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois.
    • October. Professor Marian gave an invited talk at Norway’s Transatlantic Forum 2016, University of Chicago.
    • October. Professor Marian served as the workshop speaker at Workshop on Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Arctic University-Northwestern Collaboration. Northwestern University.
    • April. Professor Marian served as a panelist for Northwestern University’s Panel for Women Faculty: Navigating Tenure.
    • April. James Bartolotti gave an invited talk in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University.
    • April. Professor Marian gave an invited talk as the affiliated faculty honoree in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University.
    • April. Professor Marian gave the 11th Annual Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Lecture at Northwestern University.
  • Conferences
    • November. Tuan Q. Lam, Scott Schroeder, and Viorica Marian presented their paperEffect of bilingualism on audio-visual speech perception in noiseat the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston, Massachusetts.
    • November. Peiyao Chen, Susan Bobb, Noriko Hoshino, and Viorica Marian presented their paperResolving language co-activation in bilingual speech comprehension: ERP evidence from Korean-English bilingualsat the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston, Massachusetts.
    • November. Max Freeman, Henrike Blumenfeld, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Cross-linguistic Activation of Phonotactic Constraints and Cognitive Control in Bilinguals” at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • October.  James Bartolotti and Viorica Marian presented their paperAcquisition of orthography-to-phonology mappings in a third languageat the UIC Bilingualism Forum in Chicago, Illinois.
    • October. Peiyao Chen, Susan Bobb, Noriko Hoshino, and Viorica Marian presented their paperLanguage co-activation and control in listening comprehension: ERP evidence from Korean-English bilingualsat the UIC Bilingualism Forum in Chicago, Illinois.
    • October.  James Bartolotti and Viorica Marian presented their paperAcquisition of orthography-to-phonology mappings in a third languageat the Norwegian-American Workshop on Bilingualism in Evanston, Illinois.
    • October. Peiyao Chen, Susan Bobb, Noriko Hoshino, and Viorica Marian presented their paperLanguage co-activation and control: ERP evidence from bilingual listening comprehensionat the Norwegian-American Workshop on Bilingualism in Evanston, Illinois.
    • May. Anthony Shook and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Native-language tones influence lexical access in the second language” at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Granada, Spain.
    • May. Scott Schroeder and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Visual memory can be changed by auditory input” at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Granada, Spain.
    • May. Max Freeman, Henrike Blumenfeld, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Non-target language phonotactic constraint activation in bilinguals” at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Granada, Spain.
    • May. Peiyao Chen, Susan Bobb, Noriko Hoshino, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Bilingualism enhances conflict resolution and response monitoring: ERP evidence” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago, Illinois.
    • May. Max Freeman, Henrike Blumenfeld, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Cross-linguistic phonotactic constraint access in bilinguals” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago, Illinois.
    • March. Max Freeman attended the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive, and Neural Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and presented a paper titled “Cross-linguistic phonological rule access in bilinguals” (co-authored by Viorica Marian and Henrike Blumenfeld).
    • February. Professor Marian was the keynote speaker at the International Symposium on Cognition and Neuroscience at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
  • Lab Visitors
    • June. Kerry Ebert from Rush University visited the lab.
    • June. Daniel Weiss from Penn State University gave an invited talk titled “Know when to fold’em: Accommodating variability in statistical learning.”
    • June. High school girls from Evanston Township High School, Lake Forest High School, and Illinois Math and Science Academy visited the lab as part of a Northwestern event encouraging girls to pursue careers in science.
    • May. Alena Esposito from Emory University gave an invited talk titled “Explaining Academic Achievement in Dual-language Education.”
    • April. Chelsea Eddington from University of Pittsburgh gave an invited talk titled “Mapping Meaning to L2 Vocabulary.”

 

2015

  • Awards
    • Professor Marian received the University of Alaska Alumni of Achievement Award. Read about it here.
    • Professor Marian was appointed as the Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
    • James Bartolotti received an NIH Training Grant in Neuroscience of Human Cognition.
    • Sirada (Ping) Rochanavibhata received a Northwestern University Cognitive Science Fellowship.
  • Graduations and Weddings
    • Henrike Blumenfeld got married!
    • James Bartolotti successfully defended his dissertation “Previous Language Experience Shapes Novel Language Learning” and received his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
    • Max Freeman got married!
    • Sarah Chabal successfully defended her dissertation “Language Activation During Visual Scene Processing” and received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Jobs and Promotions
    • Henrike Blumenfeld was promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University.
    • Susan Bobb accepted Assistant Professor position in Psychology at Gordon College.
    • Tuan Q. Lam accepted position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Loyola University New Orleans.
    • Anthony Shook accepted Data Analyst position at Mbira Technologies.
    • Sarah Chabal accepted position as Research Psychologist at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory.
  • Publications
  • Conferences and Talks
    • NovemberProfessor Marian was a panelist on the Women in Cognitive Science panel at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Chicago, Illinois.
    • November. Scott Schroeder and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Auditory input improves visual memory” at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Chicago, Illinois.
    • November. Max Freeman, Henrike Blumenfeld, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Cross-linguistic phonological rule access in bilinguals” at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Chicago, Illinois.
    • November. Max Freeman, Henrike Blumenfeld, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Phonological rule access across languages in bilinguals” at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Denver, Colorado.
    • November. Scott Schroeder, Viorica Marian, James Bartolotti, Anthony Shook, and Sarah Chabal gave a talk titled “Tools for psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic research” at the Bilingualism Forum in Mexico City, Mexico.
    • November. Scott Schroeder gave a talk titled “How bilingualism changes cognition” at the Bilingualism Forum in Mexico City, Mexico.
    • November. Professor Marian gave an invited talk at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    • October. James Bartolotti and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Bilingual cortical control of between and within language competition” at the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, Illinois.
    • October. Peiyao Chen, Susan Bobb, Noriko Hoshino, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Neural signatures of language co-activation and control in bilingual spoken language comprehension” at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language in Chicago, Illinois.
    • September. Professor Marian gave an invited talk at University of Alaska Anchorage.
    • June. James Bartolotti and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Third language vocabulary learning benefits from each of a bilingual’s languages” at the International Symposium on Bilingualism in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
    • June. Henrike Blumenfeld, Scott R. Schroeder, Susan Bobb, Max Freeman, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Bilinguals show fewer age-related changes than monolinguals in lexical competition resolution” at the International Symposium on Bilingualism in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
    • March. Max Freeman attended the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive, and Neural Sciences in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
    • February. Caroline Larson, Tuan Q. Lam, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Speech sound production: Dissociating disorders from bilingual or bidialectal accents” at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference in Rosemont, Illinois.
  • Lab Visitors
    • November. Mark Antoniou from Western Sydney University visited the lab and gave a talk titled “Bilingual adaptability stems from dual mapping between phonetic and phonological categories.”
    • November. Rhonda McClain from the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University visited the lab and gave a talk titled “Using event-related potentials to track the scope and time course of inhibition during bilingual speech.”
    • October. Agnes Kovacs from Central European University gave an invited talk titled “Learning two languages in the crib: Cognitive effects of bilingualism in infancy.”
    • October. Xin Xie from University of Connecticut gave an invited talk titled “Phonetic adapatation to foreign accents.”
    • August. Zofia Wodniecka from Jagiellonian University visited the lab and gave a talk titled “Cognitive and linguistic performance in bilinguals.”
    • August. Benjamin Zinszer from University of Rochester visited the lab and gave a talk titled “You say potato, I say tŭdòu: How speakers of different languages share the same concept.”
    • May. Taomei Guo from Beijing Normal University visited the lab and gave a talk titled “Inhibitory control in bilingual language production and its plasticity.”
    • May. Katie Von Holzen from Universite Paris Descartes gave an invited talk titled “Bilinguals implicitly name objects in both their languages: An ERP study.”
    • March. Jason Rothman from University of Reading visited the lab and gave a talk titled “Different? Yes. Incomplete? No.: Sourcing (some) differences in heritage language bilingualism to input quality differences.”
    • March. Matt Dye from University of Illinois visited the lab and gave a talk titled “Natural language exposure and neurocognitive development in deaf children.”