School of Communication

Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Laboratory

Lab News

2024

  • Congratulations to Professor Viorica Marian on being selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the prestigious John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences, which honors outstanding behavioral scientists from around the world!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Sirada Rochanavibhata on accepting a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at San Francisco State University in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Peiyao Chen on accepting a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the College of Wooster in the Department of Psychology!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Aya Inamori Williams on accepting a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Santa Clara University in the Counseling Psychology Department!
  • Congratulations to Sherry Ning on successfully defending her dissertation!
  • Congratulations to Matias Fernandez-Duque on successfully defending his dissertation prospectus!
  • Professor Marian was the Andreas guest speaker at the PanLingua Conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN.
  • Professor Marian gave a keynote at the English Learner Roadmap Power in Collaboration Across California meeting.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk at the National Chinese Language Conference, Mountain View, CA.

  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk for the Mind, Technology, and Society Speaker Series at the University of California, Merced.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited colloquium at Florida State University, Tallahassee.
  • Professor Marian gave a public lecture for the Linguistics Program at DePaul University, Chicago, IL.
  • Professor Marian gave an online talk for chatwithus.org to teachers and speech language pathologists working with disadvantaged children as part of a non-profit in the Chicago metropolitan area.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk as part of the Northwestern University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Talk Series, Evanston, IL.
  • Drs. Ashley Chung-Fat-Yim and Sirada Rochanavibhata gave invited talks to teachers and high school students at Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL.

  • Dr. Ashley Chung-Fat-Yim gave an invited talk as part of Loyola University‘s Neuroscience Seminar, Chicago, IL.
  • Dr. Sirada Rochanavibhata gave an invited talk titled “Bilingual language development: A cross-linguistic comparison of communication in Thai-English bilingual mothers and children” as part of the Boosting Research Impact Online Series Vol. 1: Research Sharing Session on Psycholinguistics and Bilingualism, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

2023

  • Congratulations to Professor Viorica Marian on publishing her book “The Power of Language: How the Codes We Use to Think, Speak, and Live Transform Our Minds”!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Chung-Fat-Yim on being selected to give a talk at the Marginalia Science x Boston College Inaugural Symposium!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Aya Inamori Williams on receiving the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 2023 Diversity and Inclusion Award!

  • Professor Marian joined host Ira Flow and Professor Linda Waite from the University of Chicago on stage at the Studebaker Theatre for Science Friday Live to discuss bilingualism, language, and mind.

  • Congratulations to Malak Elmessiry on being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sirada Rochanavibhata on being selected to give a talk at Boston University’s Developmental Science Emerging Scholars Symposium!
  • Dr. Aya Inamori Williams joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • Dr. Ashley Chung-Fat-Yim accepted a position as Research Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University.
  • Professor Marian and Dr. Sirada Rochanavibhata gave an invited talk titled “Culture at play: A cross-cultural and cross-linguistic comparison of parent-child communication” at the National Institutes of Health Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival.
  • Dr. Sirada Rochanavibhata gave a talk titled “The influence of cultural background and early linguistic experience on cognitive and social development” at the International Symposium on Heritage Bilinguals.
  • Dr. Ashley Chung-Fat-Yim gave a talk titled “How bilingual language experience shapes cognitive abilities” at the International Symposium on Heritage Bilinguals.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, Evanston, IL.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk at the CSD Connect Conference.
  • Professor Marian was the plenary speaker at the Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Professor Marian was the plenary speaker at the 15th annual meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society.
  • Professor Marian was a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the International Women Associates, Union League Club of Chicago.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk about “The Power of Language: Multilingualism and Social Justice” for the American Romanian Coalition for Human and Equal Right.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk for a webinar Following the Science: Bilingualism as an Asset Supporting Early Brain Development by Early Learning Nation.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk at the Teacher Education About Multilingualism in Granada, Spain.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk at the International Conference on Computational Neuroscience and Bilingualism in Goa, India.
  • Professor Marian gave an invited talk at the ALBA Language Neurobiology lab meeting in San Francisco, CA.

    • August. Matias Fernandez-Duque, Sayuri Hayakawa, and Viorica Marian presented their talk “Phonological overlap facilitates object memory” at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition in Nagoya, Japan.

    • August. Sirada Rochanavibhata, Jessica Yung-Chieh Chuang, Kaniya Hester, Nadia van den Berg, and Viorica Marian presented their work “Cross-linguistic differences in bilingual mother-child autobiographical reminiscing” at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition in Nagoya, Japan.

    • August. Aya Williams, Qing Zhou, Chang Liu, Viorica Marian, and Stephen Chen presented their work “Emotional acculturation in Chinese American Immigrant Parents: Insights from Bilingual Parent-Child Affirmation Discussion” at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition in Nagoya, Japan.

    • August. Ashley Chung-Fat-Yim, Sayuri Hayakawa, and Viorica Marian presented their talk “Bilingual experience shapes linguistic and cognitive abilities” at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition in Nagoya, Japan.

    • June. Max Freeman, Jonathan J. D. Robinson Anthony, Viorica Marian, and Henrike K. Blumenfeld presented their talk “Language Experience and Sociolinguistic Context Impact Cognitive Control in Bilinguals” at the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Sydney, Australia.
    • June. Max Freeman and Viorica Marian presented their poster “Bilinguals’ Speech Perception Is Influenced by Native- Language Phonotactic Constraints” at the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Sydney, Australia.
    • April. Ashley Chung-Fat-Yim, Sayuri Hayakawa, and Viorica Marian presented their talk “Bilingualism Predicts NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery Scores: A Cluster Analysis” at the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
    • April. Viorica Marian organized a professional development session titled “Working with Bilinguals and Multilinguals: Research, Practice, and Community” at the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

2022

  • Sirada Rochanavibhata successfully defended her dissertation!

  • Congratulations to PhD candidate Matias Fernandez-Duque on winning Best Student Presentation Award at the 4th International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children in Tromsø, Norway!

  • Congratulations to lab PhD alum Dr. Scott Schroeder on earning tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University!

  • Congratulations to lab Ph.D. alum and St. John University Professor Dr. Max Freeman on his engagement!

  • Sherry Ning successfully defended her dissertation prospectus!
  • Matias Fernandez-Duque successfully defended his Qualifying Research Project and was admitted to PhD candidacy!


  • Professor Marian gave plenary talks at the 2022 International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech and the International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children.
  • Professor Marian was appointed Chairperson of the National Institutes of Health Language and Communication Study Section for 2020-2022.
  • Dr. Maki Kubota from the UiT The Arctic University of Norway visited our lab in the Fall and gave a talk about her longitudinal research on language change in bilingual returnee children.

2021

  • Congratulations to Dr. Sayuri Hayakawa on receiving the 2021 American Psychological Association Rising Star Award! The APS Rising Star award is presented to outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD.

2020

2019

  • Fall 2019
    • Matias Fernandez-Duque joins our lab as a Ph.D. student.
    • Max R. Freeman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L starts as an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. John’s University, New York.
    • Dr. Marian gave an invited colloquium at Georgetown University in October.
  • Summer 2019
    • Sayuri Hayakawa accepted a position as Research Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University
    • Congratulations to Yue Pan, Siqi Ning, and Sirada Rochanavibhata on successfully completing their annual reviews!
    • Congratulations to Sirada Rochanavibhata on being awarded The Graduate School Conference Travel Grant for the biennial meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism and the Siegel Fellowship!
    • Congratulations to Siqi Ning on being awarded The Graduate School Conference Travel Grant for the biennial meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism!
    • Sirada Rochanavibhata is traveling to Thailand to test participants for her dissertation.
    • Yue Pan, Sayuri Hayakawa, and Viorica Marian poster Judgment under Uncertainty: How Risk Information Influences Risk Perception in Decision-Making was accepted for the presentation the 60th Psychonomic Society annual meeting!
    • Congratulations to Margarita Kaushanskaya on the birth of her daughter!
    • Congratulations to Max Freeman on receiving his Certificate of Clinical Competence!
    • Congratulations to Sirada Rochanavibhata on receiving the Developmental Sciences Seed Fund Grant
  • Spring 2019
    • Sayuri Hayakawa co-taught a graduate seminar on Science Communication with Dr. Nina Kraus.
    • Congratulations to Julia Borland on being accepted to the 2018-2019 Academic Year Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) at Northwestern University!
    • Pooja Venkatesh joined the lab as a research assistant.
    • Heather Kleinschmit joined as a Project Manager.
    • Ryan Wagner joined our research lab.
  • Winter 2019
    • Sirada Rochanavibhata and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Influence of maternal scaffolding on children’s developing narrative skills: A cross-cultural comparison” at the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences Data Blitz, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    • Julia Borland was awarded a Conference Travel Grant by the Northwestern Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Publications
  • Conferences
    • March. Sirada Rochanavibhata, Julia Borland, and Viorica Marian presented their poster “A comparison of mother-preschooler book sharing practices in the United States and Thailand” to the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Baltimore, Maryland.
    • April. Julia Borland, Sirada Rochanavibhata, and Viorica Marian presented their poster “Culture and interlocutor scaffolding influence preschoolers’ conversation styles” to the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, Illinois.
    • April. Siqi Ning, James Barolotti, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Bilingualism Changes Semantic Distance Between Concepts” to the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, Illinois.
    • May. Julia Borland, Sirada Rochanavibhata, and Viorica Marian presented their poster “A comparison of mother-preschooler book reading practices in the United States and Thailand” to the Northwestern University Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition in Evanston, Illinois.
    • June. Sirada Rochanavibhata, Julia Borland, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Culture and conversation: A comparison of mother-child discourse in the US and Thailand” to the biennial meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism in Edmonton, Canada.
    • June. Siqi Ning, James Bartolotti, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Bilingualism Changes Semantic Distance Between Concepts” to the biennial meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism in Edmonton, Canada.
    • June. Sayuri Hayakawa, James Bartolotti, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “Effects of Native Language Similarity on Foreign Language Acquisition, Transfer, and Retention” to the biennial meeting of the International Symposium on Bilingualism in Edmonton, Canada
    • July. Siqi Ning, James Bartolotti, and Viorica Marian presented their poster “On Language and Thought: How Bilingualism Affects Conceptual Associations” at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Montreal, Canada.
    • September.  Professor Marian gave a keynote talk on “Measuring Bilingualism With Self-Reports and Standardized Tests, or Why a Bilingualism Quotient is Unrealistic” at the Capturing and Quantifying individual differences in bilingualism workshop in  Tromso, Norway.

    • September. Siqi Ning, James Bartolotti, and Viorica Marian presented their poster “Bilingual experience changes concept associations” in Moscow, Russia.

    • September.  Viorica Marian gave a keynote talk on “How Bilingualism Changes Linguistic, Cognitive, and Neural Processing” at the Bilingualism and Cognition Symposium in  Moscow, Russia.

    • October. Jennifer Krizman, Viorica Marian, & Nina Kraus presented their paper “Monolinguals catch up to bilinguals on executive control, but not neural processing of sound, over the course of adolescence” at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, IL.
    • November. Siqi Ning, James Bartolotti, and Viorica Marian presented their poster “Bilingual Experience Changes Associations Between Concepts” at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montreal, Canada.

    • November. Peiyao Chen, Taomei Guo, Alice Hiu Dan Chan, & Viorica Marian presented their poster “Cultural Differences in Multisensory Perception of Emotion” at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montreal, Canada.

    • November. Yue Pan, Sayuri Hayakawa, & Viorica Marian presented their poster “Judgment under uncertainty: How risk information influences risk perception in decision-making” at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montreal, Canada.

 

    • November. Max Freeman & Viorica Marian presented “Bilinguals’ second language speech processing is influenced by native-language rules” at the annual convention of the American Speech Language Hearing Association in Orlando, FL.
    • November. Peiyao Chen & Viorica Marian presented their paper “Perceiving emotion with eyes and ears: The role of cultural background and input familiarity” at the annual convention of the American Speech Language Hearing Association in Orlando, FL.
    • November. Sirada Rochanavibhata & Viorica Marian presented their paper “A comparison of mothers’ scaffolding strategies and children’s conversation skills across cultures and communicative settings” at the annual convention of the American Speech Language Hearing Association in Orlando, FL.

2018

  • Winter 2018
    • Congratulations to Sunhee Ko on accepting a faculty position at Kongju National University in Korea!
    • Congratulations to Laura Montenegro on being accepted to Northwestern University’s clinical Masters program in Speech, Language, and Learning!
    • Congratulations to Aimee van den Berg and Julia Borland on being accepted to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!
    • Congratulations to Max Freeman on being accepted to attend the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive, and Neural Sciences in Santiago, Chile!
    • Congratulations to Grace Pickens who was awarded a Fulbright ETA Fellowship in Argentina for the upcoming year! She looks forward to partnering with the Ministry of Education and collaborating with local speech and hearing organizations.
    • Congratulations to Ben Magliato, captain of the Northwestern Varsity Diving team, for winning the TYR Invitational at Northwestern University!
    • Professor Marian will be traveling to San Francisco, CA for the NIH LCOM study section.
    • Sayuri Hayakawa traveled to Tokyo, Japan and Sirada Rochanavibhata traveled to Seattle, Washington.
    • Danya Soto joined the lab as a research assistant.
    • Sherry Ning is now the primary contact person for IRB matters.
    • Freshman Minna Natsuko Ito joined the lab research team.

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.
    • Professor Marian  was an invited speaker at the National Association for Bilingual Education Dual Language Symposium. Delray Beach, Florida.
  • Fall 2017
    • Dr. Sayuri Hayakawa joined the lab as a post-doctoral fellow.
    • Sherry Ning joined the lab as a PhD student.
    • Congratulations to Peiyao Chen on successfully defending her dissertation proposal!
    • Welcome to Ben Magliano and Grace Pickens who joined the lab as research assistants.
    • Congratulations to Sunhee Ko on the birth of her baby girl!
    • Sirada Rochanavibhata completed testing participants in Thailand for her Qualifying Research Project.
    • Max Freeman traveled to San Diego to test participants for his dissertation studies in collaboration with Henrike Blumenfeld.
    • Professor Marian was awarded an R01 grant by the NIH to study bilingualism and its consequences for cognition, language, and the brain.
    • Professor Marian became a Fellow in the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program for 2017-2018.
    • Professor Marian was awarded an Undergraduate Student Faculty Interaction Grant.
    • Professor Marian traveled to Bethesda, MD for the NIH LCOM study section.
  • 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.
    • October. Sirada Rochanavibhata, Julia Borland, Laura Montenegro, and Viorica Marian presented their paper “A cross-cultural comparison of mother-preschooler autobiographical conversations” to the 2017 Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Portland, OR.
    • November. Max Freeman and Viorica Marian presented 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 presented 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 presented 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.”