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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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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MIT Talk by Maryellen MacDonald: “Attributions of Limitations in Sentence Processing: Comprehension, Production and Computational Capacity”

On May 25, 2017, Maryellen MacDonald gave a talk entitled “Attributions of Limitations in Sentence Processing: Comprehension, Production and Computational Capacity” at an MIT workshop on The Relationship between Executive Functions and Language Processing. The recorded presentation and slides are available here.

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CUNY Talk: Producing during language learning affects comprehension

Producing during language learning affects comprehension Elise Hopman and Maryellen MacDonald To investigate the extent to which learning transfers from Production to Comprehension, we taught participants an artificial language containing multiple dependencies. Participants were randomly assigned to either a Production or a Comprehension learning condition, with conditions designed to balance…

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What can silent gestures reveal about word order?

Mark Koranda and Maryellen MacDonald recently presented a poster at this year’s CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. To learn more about their work, read the full abstract or view the poster. Short abstract. Investigations in the origin of word order preferences using a ‘silent gesture’ paradigm assume gesture descriptions contain separable language-like constituents such…

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Impact of dialect use on a basic component of learning to read

Abstract Can some black-white differences in reading achievement be traced to differences in language background? Many African American children speak a dialect that differs from the mainstream dialect emphasized in school. We examined how use of alternative dialects affects decoding, an important component of early reading and marker of reading…

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Connecting functional brain imaging and Parallel Distributed Processing

Abstract Functional neuroimaging and Parallel Distributed Processing (PDP) theory, both introduced to cognitive science in the 1980s, led to influential research programmes that have proceeded in parallel with little mutual influence. The PDP approach advanced specific claims about the nature of neural representations that, perhaps surprisingly, have gone largely untested…

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