Production Practice During Language Learning Improves Comprehension

Our lab published a paper today in the journal Psychological Science by Elise Hopman and Maryellen MacDonald titled “Production Practice During Language Learning Improves Comprehension”. Abstract Language learners often spend more time comprehending than producing a new language. However, memory research suggests reasons to suspect that production practice might provide a…

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Five February talks in the UK: Maryellen MacDonald and Mark Seidenberg

Maryellen MacDonald and Mark Seidenberg were invited to speak individually between three institutions in February 2018: The Oxford University Press (MacDonald, Seidenberg), The University of Edinburgh (MacDonald, Seidenberg), and The University of Cambridge (Seidenberg). One of Maryellen MacDonald’s talks was titled “Language Production is not Just for Producing Language,” given…

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Language Specific and Language General Motivations of Production Choices: A Multi-Clause and Multi-Language Investigation.

Abstract Cross-linguistic studies allow for analyses that would be impossible in a single language. To better understand the factors that underlie sentence production, we investigated production choices in main and relative clause production tasks in three languages: English, Japanese and Korean. The effects of both non-linguistic attributes (such as conceptual…

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“Phonological substance and the Successive Division Hierarchy” Koranda, Kosmatka, Raimy to present at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America

Eric Raimy and Mark Koranda presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. The work titled “Phonological substance and the Successive Division Hierarchy” compares the implications of two approaches to phonological features, the ‘naive phonetic’ descriptive system used by UPSID, and that proposed by Avery and…

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eLUCID8 Scientific Communication Panel with Mark Seidenberg

Mark Seidenberg presented at eLUCID8 on August 15, 2017 as part of the Scientific Communication panel at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery in Madison, Wisconsin. “LUCID is a project-focused cross-disciplinary graduate training program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison that focuses on Learning, Understanding, Cognition, Intelligence, and Data-science. Its goal is…

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Where language meets math: the impact of reading skill on solving math story problems

Where language meets math: the impact of reading skill on solving math story problems Matt Cooper Borkenhagen and Mark Seidenberg Matt Cooper Borkenhagen presented his research with Mark Seidenberg on the impact of reading skill on solving math story problems at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study…

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Influences of speech familiarity on immediate perception and final comprehension

Abstract Unfamiliar speech—spoken in a familiar language but with an accent different from the listener’s—is known to increase comprehension difficulty. However, there is evidence of listeners’ rapid adaptation to unfamiliar accents (although perhaps not to the level of familiar accents). This paradox might emerge from prior focus on isolated word…

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