Two of the Language Creation Lab’s undergraduate research assistants, Rachael McCollum and Therese O’Neill, have been awarded the PCLB Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant. Rachael’s project is titled “The impact of language experience on the development of the number representations in deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children”, and Therese’s project is titled “Investigating social perspective-taking in effective communication and language regularization.” Both projects will be advised by Dr. Marie Coppola. The grant will provide funding for Rachael and Therese to complete their projects in the upcoming year.
Congratulations Rachael and Therese!
The article is titled “The Case for Bilingual Deaf Children” and can be read here.
Jessica Contreras, a Developmental Psychology PhD student and member of the Language Creation Lab, recently completed her Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her thesis investigated the relationship between language and cognition for Deaf individuals with cochlear implants, focusing on factors such as executive function, proficiency in English, proficiency in ASL, age of cochlear implant, age of exposure to ASL, and socioeconomic status. Congratulations Jessica!
Congratulations to Russell Richie, Matt Hall, Sarah Lodge, Megan Brown, and Dr. Marie Coppola, whose research was named as one of two runners-up for best poster at the 2016 EvoLang conference! Entitled, “The impact of communicative network structure on the conventionalization of referring expressions in gesture,” this project asks how people come to agree on what to call things. Their behavioral experiment demonstrated that groups of people reach agreement faster when all possible pairs communicate compared to when all communication is channeled through one central hub. The work was funded by an IGERT Innovation award to Russell Richie. You can read their paper here!
Congratulations to Language Creation Lab graduate student Emily Carrigan for receiving a commendation from the Provost for Teaching Excellence!
This January, Dr. Marie Coppola and Deanna Gagne presented at The 12th International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR12) in Melbourne, Australia. Continue reading
In a huge boon to the Cognitive Science community, UConn will get an fMRI machine on the Storrs Campus. If purchase and installation of the machine proceeds according to plan, the machine should be ready for use by early 2015. Read this UCONN Today post for more information.
We’re raising money for Massiel, a Deaf girl in Nicaragua, to attend school and learn Nicaraguan Sign Language.
Dr. Sanjay Gulati, Deaf child and adolescent psychiatrist, will be giving a talk about language deprivation on April 1, 6pm, at Brown University.
Click here for more info.