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@ Martinos Center and Tufts University

 

Principal Investigator: Gina R. Kuperberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, Tufts University and Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Lab News

Welcome to our lab! Here we give some snippets of news from Dr. Kuperberg's NeuroCognition lab which cuts across the Department of Psychology at Tufts University, and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass. General Hospital.

September 2014

Neil Cohn, Ray Jackendoff, Phillip Holcomb, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "The grammar of visual narrative: Neural evidence for constituent structure in sequential image comprehension" accepted for publication in Neuropsychologia.

With the beginning of a new semester, welcome to several Tufts undergraduates who are joining and returning to our lab: Anne Choong, Arjun Dutta, Carl Haber, Skye Lewis, Lushna Mehra, Matt O'Conor, Caroline Peeples, Simone Riley, Vinay Srinivasan, and Barbara Storch

Welcome to Connie Choi who is joining our lab as a new research assistant. Connie comes from Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis where she worked with Steven Luck on projects involving attention, working memory, and the use of ERP methods. She will be working on ERP and fMRI projects, as well as assisting with the Cognitive Science graduate program at Tufts University.

August 2014

Goodbye and good luck to Kirsten Weber who, after her time as a post-doc in our lab since Februrary 2012, is returning to the Donders Institute where she earned her PhD. Thank you to Kirsten for all her hard work on her multimodal projects of semantic priming and language production.

Einat Shetreet, Kirsten Weber, and Gina Kuperberg present posters at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Society of the Neurobiology of Language, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Ellen Lau, Kirsten Weber, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Spatiotemporal signatures of lexical-semantic prediction" accepted for publication in Cerebral Cortex.

Thank you to all our undergraduate volunteers who worked with us this summer, doing such great work in the lab: Elena Albanese, Anne Choong, Arjun Dutta, Merilla Michael, Caroline Peeples, and Sarah Perlo. See a group photo of some of the great RAs here!

July 2014

Goodbye and good luck to Maria Luiza Cunha Lima who, after her time as a visiting professor in our lab since August 2013, is returning to her home university Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Thank you to Maria Luiza for all her hard work on her ERP projects on plausibility and constraint.

Welcome to Meredith Brown who is joining our lab as a new post-doc. Meredith comes from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at University of Rochester where she worked with Mike Tanenhaus on investigating the role of prosody in spoken-word recognition and speech perception. She will be researching neurophysiological techniques to probe the mechanisms supporting contextual modulation of speech perception and examine how these mechanisms break down in neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. schizophrenia).

May 2014

Eric Fields and Gina Kuperberg present a poster at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, held in San Francisco, CA. [Poster] [Abstract]

April 2014

Our lab's research is featured in an article in Nature! The article is called, "Lost in translation. Unravelling the mystery of verbal dysfunction in schizophrenia could yield clues to the nature of the disease", and was written, on the basis of interviews with Gina and Deb Titone, by a journalist for Nature, David Noonan. Thank you to Nature for highlighting the importance of studying language in schizophrenia, and to David for doing such a great job in explaining our research so clearly and eloquently. See the article here.

Kirsten Weber and Gina Kuperberg present posters at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, held in Boston, MA.

Gina organizes a symposium, "Prediction, Adaptation and Plasticity of Language Processing in the Adult Brain." at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, here in Boston. Her talk was entitled "COMPREHENDING EVENTS IN CONTEXT: LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION IS LANGUAGE LEARNING." Thank you for great talks by the other participants in the symposium: Florian Jaeger and David Kleinschmidt, Matt Davis, and Kara Federmeier and Eddie Wlotko. See here for abstracts.

March 2014

Gina is an Invited Speaker for a workshop at Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine in Gunma, Japan. The title of her talk is "What can the neural architecture of the language system tell us about schizophrenia...and vice versa?". Thanks to Masato Fukuda, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Yasuki Ishizaki, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology for organizing the workshop. [Abstract]

Congratulations to Nate Delaney-Busch, who has won the 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education (Doctoral Level) Award from the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Martin Paczynski, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper "When events change their nature: The neurocognitive mechanisms underlying aspectual coercion" accepted by The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. [pdf]

February 2014

Eva Wittenberg, Martin Paczynski, Heike Wiese, Ray Jackendoff, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper "The difference between "giving a rose" and "giving a kiss": A sustained anterior negativity to the light verb construction" accepted by The Journal of Memory and Language. [pdf]

January 2014

Goodbye and thank you to Candida Ustine, who is leaving for her new job at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Thank you for all your hard work the last 2 and a half years!

November 2013

Gina is an Invited Professor at the Rovereto Winter School at the University of Trento, Italy. The theme of the lectures is "What event-related potentials can and can't tell us about language comprehension in the brain". The title of her course is "New methods in language comprehension".

Kirsten Weber, Eddie Wlotko, and Gina Kuperberg present posters at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Society of the Neurobiology of Language, held in San Diego, CA.

October 2013

Gina is an Invited Speaker for the Tufts University Cognitive and Brain Sciences Series in Medford, MA. The title of her talk is "The Neurobiology of Language Comprehension: A Hierarchical Bayesian Architecture". [Abstract]

Gina is an Invited Keynote Speaker for the conference on "Investigating Semantics: How to Combine Empirical and Philosophical Approaches" in Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. The title of her talk is "What can the study of schizophrenia tells us about the neural architecture of language processing?". Thanks to Markus Werning, Erica Cosentino, Maria Spychalska and others for organizing the conference. [Abstract]

September 2013

Gina and colleagues have had their paper "Altered language network activity in young people at familial high-risk for schizophrenia" accepted by Schizophrenia Research. [pdf]

Gina is an Invited Keynote speaker for the Tufts University Annual Neuroscience Retreat in Beverly, MA. The title of her talk is "How the brain makes sense of language".

Ellen Lau and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper "Automatic semantic facilitation in anterior temporal cortex revealed through multimodal neuroimaging" accepted by The Journal of Neuroscience. [pdf]

Welcome to Allison Fogel, coming from the University of Maryland, who has joined as a new graduate student. She has been carrying out research on multimodal studies of language processing with Dr. Ellen Lau, and will now be investigating the cognitive neuroscience of music and language, working with Gina Kuperberg and Ani Patel.

With the beginning of a new semester, welcome to several Tufts undergraduates who are joining our lab: Annie Choong, Jennifer Kurzrok, Barbara Storch, Deepa Patil, Matt O'Conor, Nick Caggiano, Sarah Valentina Diaz, and Chelsey Rae Ott.

Goodbye and thank you to Yumiao Gong who, after spending the spring and summer as a visiting scholar in our lab, is returning home to China. Bye Yumiao!

Welcome to our new research assistant Margarita Zeitlin, who has a B.A. in Linguistics from New York University, and joins us from her time as a lab coordinator at the Snedeker Lab at Harvard.

August 2013

Goodbye and thank you to Clinton Burgess who spent his summer volunteering in our lab and working with Kirsten on using EEGLAB to analyze some of our production data.

Welcome to Maria Luiza Cunha Lima! She is a visiting professor from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil.

Welcome to our new research assistant Ben Stillerman! Ben has a B.S. in Cognitive Science with a specialization in human cognition from University of California, San Diego.

July 2013

Welcome to Arim Choi Perrachione, who is rejoining the lab as a senior research assistant. Arim previously worked with Dr. Kuperberg and is back to manage the lab at Tufts, and to conduct neuroimaging studies at both Tufts and MGH.

Congratulations to Trevor Blackford who defended his Masters thesis, "Twice isn't Nice: Reverse N400 Priming in Schizophrenia". On Trevor's committee were: Gina Kuperberg, Phil Holcomb, and Tali Ditman-Brunye.
See some photos of the defense.

June 2013

Goodbye and good luck to Kristina Fanucci who, after being a Research Assistant in our lab since December 2010, is starting medical school at Tufts Medical Center this Fall.
See here for photos from Kristina's farewell party.

Gina is an Invited Keynote speaker for the Conference of the American Association for Computational Linguistics, Atlanta GA. The title of her talk is "Predicting Meaning: A Hierarchical Bayesian Approach to understanding Language comprehension in the Brain". [Abstract]

Gina is invited to give a talk as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at Saarbrucken University, Germany, titled "A Hierarchical Bayesian Approach to understanding Language comprehension in the Brain". Her host was Matt Crocker in the Department of Computational Linguistics. [Abstract]

April 2013

Gina gives a talk at the The Language Sciences Group, UC Davis, CA titled "A predictive architecture of language comprehension". Some of the ideas from this talk are discussed in her recent book chapter.

Ellen Lau, Nate Delaney-Busch and Gina Kuperberg present posters at the 20th Anniversary meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, CA. Gina was also an invited speaker, together with Sharon Thompson-Schill, Tamara Swaab "Where memory meets language: a dynamic neural architecture of language comprehension". [Abstract]

Gina gives a talk at the Distinguished Speaker series of the UCSD Department of Cognitive Science titled "The Cognitive Neuroscience of language comprehension".

March 2013

Gina Kuperberg and Kristina Fanucci present a poster titled "Events along the garden path: A reduced N400 and P600 in semantically reversible discourse", Hugh Rabagliati gives a talk titled "Language processing in schizophrenia: Top-down and bottom-up effects" and Gina Kuperberg gives a talk titled "Predicting Meaning: What the Brain tells us about the Architecture of Language Comprehension" at the 26th Annual CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing, Columbia, South Carolina.

Gina gives a talk entitled "The Cognitive Neuroscience of language comprehension" at Haskins Laboratories, Yale University.

Nate Delaney-Busch and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper "Friendly Drug-dealers and Terrifying puppies: Affective primacy can attenuate the N400 effect in emotional discourse contexts", accepted by Cognitive Affective Behavioral Neuroscience. [pdf]

Congratulations to Neil Cohn whose PhD dissertation in our lab won the Robert J. Glushko Dissertation Prize from the Society of Cognitive Science, 2013.

Welcome to Yumaio Gong who is a Visiting Scholar in our lab from Huaihai Institute of Technology, China. She received her PhD from South China Normal University in 2011. Her current research interest is metaphorical language processing in broader context using ERPs.

November 2012

Congratulations to Kirsten Weber who has had her paper "The suppression of repetition enhancement: A review of fMRI studies" accepted to Neuropsychologia. The work was done in collaboration with her colleagues at the Donders Institute: Katrien Segaert*, Kirsten Weber*, Floris de Lange, Karl Magnus Petersson and Peter Hagoort.
*equal contribution

Welcome to Eddie Wlotko who is starting as a postdoc in our lab. Eddie received his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he carried out ERP research with Kara Federmeier. He will be working at both Tufts and MGH on ERP, MEG, and fMRI studies.

October 2012

Ellen Lau, Phillip Holcomb, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper "Dissociating N400 effects of prediction from association in single word contexts" accepted by the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Ellen Lau presents a poster at the 4th annual Neurobiology of Language Conference in San Sebastian, Spain.

September 2012

Eric Fields presents a poster at the 52nd annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in New Orleans, LA.

Gina gives a talk entitled "What can ERPs tell us about the dynamics of language comprehension?" and Eric Fields, Nate Delaney-Busch, Kirsten Weber, and Candida Jane Maria Ustine present posters at the 2012 Tufts Cognitive Science Conference on Language and Representation at Tufts University. This conference was held to inaugurate our new Ph.D. program in Cognitive Science.

Gina gives a talk entitled "Language: A Window into Thought in Schizophrenia: Evidence from Multimodal Neuroimaging" at the Neuroimaging Center Seminar Series at McLean Hospital.

Goodbye and good luck to Martin Paczynski who, after completing his PhD in our lab, is joining Dr. Amishi Jha's Lab at the University of Miami.

July 2012

Gina participates in a week-long workshop in Tallinn, Estonia, "Unraveling the Behavioral, Neurobiological, & Genetic Components of Reading Comprehension," sponsored by The Dyslexia Foundation (TDF) and organized by by Brett Miller (NIH/NICHD) and Laurie Cutting. Gina's talk was entitled, “ERP and fMRI studies of comprehending words in context.”

Gina is an invited Professor at the Netherlands Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT), this year organized by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics at Utrecht University, with the theme, Language, Brain and Cognition. The title of her course is 'Building Meaning from Language: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatric Disorders.'

Gina sits on the PhD Defense Committee for Nan van de Meerendonk at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, the Behaviour Centre for Cognition and Radboud University, Nijmegen. Nan's thesis was entitled ''States of indecision in the brain: Electrophysiological and hemodynamic reflections of monitoring in visual language perception." Her PhD Advisor was Herman Kolk.

Martin Paczynski and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper "Multiple Influences of Semantic Memory on Sentence Processing: Distinct Effects of Semantic Relatedness on Violations of Real-World Event/State Knowledge and Animacy Selection Restrictions" accepted by Journal of Memory and Language. [pdf]

Goodbye and good luck to Neil Cohn who, after completing his PhD in our lab, is joining the Center for Research in Language at UCSD, where he will be working with Marta Kutas and Jeff Elman.

June 2012

Goodbye and good luck to Ellen Lau who, after completing her postdoc in our lab, is returning to the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics.

May 2012

Gina presents a poster at the 67th annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry in Philadelphia, PA.

April 2012

Congratulations to Kana Okano who defended her PhD thesis, "The Electrophysiological Investigation on the Time-course of Japanese Word Processing." Kana's committee were: Phil Holcomb, Gina Kuperberg, Katherine Midgley, Jonathan Grainger, and Joanna Morris.

Congratulations to Neil Cohn who defended his PhD thesis, "Structure, Meaning, and Constituency in Visual Narrative Comprehension." Neil's committee were: Gina Kuperberg, Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, and Marianna Eddy.

Eric Fields presents a poster at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society in New York City, April 2012.

Ellen Lau and Nate Delaney-Busch present posters and Neil Cohn gives a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Chicago, IL.

The NeuroCognition Lab is very excited to welcome a new member! Julius Charles Kuypers was born on April 2nd, 2012 at 1.51am. 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Congratulations to Eva and Jan!

March 2012

Congratulations to Hugh Rabagliati who has accepted a position as a Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh. Hugh will be staying with us for another few months to wrap up his projects examining top-down and bottom-up cues to language processing in schizophrenia before making his big move. In Edinburgh, Hugh will be a colleague of Mante Nieuwland, another ex-postdoc of our lab, who will also be joining the Department of Psychology as a Chancellor's Fellow in June.

Gina gives a talk as one of The Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lectures, for the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, Providence. "Spatiotemporal Imaging of Sentence Comprehension". She was hosted by Dr. Laura Kertz.

Congratulations to Martin Paczynski who defended his PhD thesis, "Impact of Aspectual and Animacy Information on Semantic and Syntactic Processing: Evidence from Event-Related Potentials." Martin's committee were: Gina Kuperberg (advisor), Phil Holcomb, Tali Ditman and Ray Jackendoff.

February 2012

Welcome to Kirsten Weber who is starting as a postdoc in our lab. Kirsten received her PhD at the Donders Institue where she carried out fMRI research with Peter Hagoort. She will be working at both Tufts and MGH on ERP, MEG, and fMRI studies.

Eric Fields and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper "It's all about you: An ERP study of emotion and self-relevance in discourse" accepted by NeuroImage.

Gina gives a talk as part of the Neurobiology Lecture Series at the University of Texas at San Antonio. "The Neurobiology of Schizophrenia: Spatiotemporal imaging of language."

January 2012

Simona Temereanca, Matti S. Hamalainen, Gina Kuperberg, Steve M. Stufflebeam, Eric Halgren, and Emery N. Brown have had their paper "Eye movements modulate the spatiotemporal dynamics of word processing" accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Neil Cohn, Martin Paczynski, Ray Jackendoff, Phil Holcomb, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Structure and meaning in sequential image comprehension" accepted for publication in Cognitive Psychology.

Eric Fields learned that his poster, "ERPs reveal rapid effects of the self-positivity bias during the processing of social vignettes", Fields, E. C., Carneiro de Lima, C., Natraj, R., Tusch, E., & Kuperberg, G. R, to be presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society (New York City, April 2012), received a prize for scoring among the top 5% of abstracts reviewed.

Gina gives a talk at the University Seminar on Language and Cognition, Columbia University, NY. "Spatiotemporal Imaging of Language: a Window into Thought in Psychosis".

December 2011

Gina gives a talk at the Neuroscience Seminar Series, University of Illinois. "What can the study of language tell us about thought in schizophrenia: Insights from Spatiotemporal neuroimaging".

Trevor Blackford, Phil Holcomb, Jonathan Grainger and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "A funny thing happened on the way to articulation: N400 attenuation despite behavioral interference in picture naming" accepted for publication in Cognition.

November 2011

Ellen Lau presents a poster, "The effect of prediction on the N400: MEG evidence for a left anterior temporal generator," at the Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference in Annapolis, MD.

October 2011

Gina gives a talk at the Psychology Colloquium Series, Bard College. Her talk is entitled "The influences of memory on normal and abnormal language processing".

Gina is an invited participant in a Workshop for the selection of Research Domain Criteria in Cognitive Systems, for the National Institute of Mental Health.

September 2011

Ellen Lau, Gina Kuperberg, Eric Fields, Neil Cohn, Nate Delaney-Busch, and Eva WIttenberg present posters at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in Boston, MA.

August 2011

Welcome to Candida Jane Maria Ustine who is starting as a Research Assistant in our lab. Candida Jane Maria graduated from Cornell University with a Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She will be working at both Tufts and MGH on ERP, MEG, and fMRI studies.

Gina gives a talk in the Psychology Department, University of South Carolina, as part of a colloquium series highlighting the relationship between mind and brain. She was hosted by Fernanda Ferreira and John Henderson. Her talk is entitled "What Can ERPs and fMRI Tell Us about Language Comprehension?".

July 2011

Congratulations to Hugh Rabagliati who has started a Mind Brain and Behavior (MBB) Fellowship working with Gina Kuperberg and Jesse Snedeker on an exciting project, "Testing a top-down impairment hypothesis of linguistic deficits in schizophrenia". Hugh's fellowship constitutes a collaboration across MGH, Tufts and Harvard Psychology. He will be using eye tracking methodology to understand the relationships between bottom-up and top-down processing during language processing in schizophrenia.

May 2011

Gina participates in an Ernst Strüngmann Forum which discusses "Language, Music and the Brain: A Mysterious Relationship". The forum was organized by Michael Arbib and took place in Frankfurt. http://fias.uni-frankfurt.de/ESforum
Check out some photos taken at the forum!

The NeuroCognition Lab is very excited to welcome a new member! Cameron Matan Ditman-Brunye was born on May 1st at 9:55 PM. Congratulations to Tali, Tad, and big brother Oliver!

April 2011

Gina learned that she won an award for writing one of the Top 5 most cited articles published in the journal Brain Research during the period of 2006 - 2010. Article: Kuperberg, GR. Neural mechanisms of language comprehension: Challenges to syntax. Brain Research, Special Issue 2007; 1146:23-49.

Ellen Lau, Liam Clegg, Wonja Fairbrother, Martin Paczynski, Eric Fields, Nate Delaney-Busch, and Gina Kuperberg present posters and Neil Cohn gives a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, CA.

March 2011

Eva Wittenberg, Ellen Lau, Liam Clegg, Nate Delaney-Busch, and Gina Kuperberg present posters at the CUNY 2011 Conference on Human Sentence Processing at Stanford University.

January 2011

Martin Paczynski and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Electrophysiological evidence for use of the animacy hierarchy, but not thematic role assignment during verb argument processing" accepted for publication in a Special Issue of Language and Cognitive Processes: the Cognitive Neuroscience of Semantic Processing.

December 2010

Tali Ditman, Don Goff and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Slow and steady: Sustained effects of lexico-semantic associations mediate referential impairments in schizophrenia" accepted for publication in Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Welcome to Kristina Fanucci who is starting as a Research Assistant at Tufts and MGH. Kristina majored in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She will be working on ERP and fMRI studies at both Tufts and MGH.

November 2010

Gina learned that she won an Award from 'Brain Research' for most cited of all articles published in this journal in 2007 and 2008. Article: Kuperberg, GR. Neural mechanisms of language comprehension: Challenges to syntax. Brain Research, Special Issue 2007; 1146:23-49.

August 2010

Welcome to Scott Burns who is joining the MGH side of the lab. Scott comes from Washington University in St. Louis where he completed a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering where he worked on designing and implementing of a brain-computer interface using off-the-shelf hardware. He is now switching gears and will be working with Ellen Lau and Gina Kuperberg on a multimodal imaging project which aims to combine MEG, ERPs and fMRI to understand the spatiotemporal dynamics of semantic processing.

June 2010

Mante Nieuwland, Tali Ditman and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "On the incrementality of pragmatic processing: An ERP investigation of informativeness and pragmatic abilities" accepted for publication in Journal of Memory and Language.

May 2010

Gina gives the Joseph Zubin Memorial Award Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her talk is entitled "Spatiotemporal Imaging of Thought in Schizophrenia".

April 2010

Martin Paczynski, Trevor Blackford, Suiping Wang, Tali Ditman, Marianna Eddy and Gina Kuperberg present posters at the annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting held in Montreal, Canada.

Gina gives a talk at the Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain, McGill University, Montreal, as part of their Distinguished Lecture Series. Her talk is entitled "Streams of Language Processing in the Brain: evidence from ERPs and fMRI".

Neil Cohn defends his Masters Thesis, "Balancing Grammar and Semantics in 'Comics': Global Structure in Sequential Image Processing". His advisers are Ray Jackendoff, Gina Kuperberg and Phil Holcomb.

March 2010

Sophie De Grauwe, Abigail Swain, Phil Holcomb, Tali Ditman and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Electrophysiological insights into the processing of nominal metaphors" accepted for publication in Neuropsychologia.

Martin Paczynski, Neil Cohn and Ming Xiang present posters at CUNY, held in New York City.

February 2010

Gina has had a pair of articles accepted for publication in Language and Linguistic Compass: 'Language in schizophrenia Part 1: an Introduction' and 'Language in schizophrenia Part 2: What can psycholinguistics bring to the study of schizophrenia and vice versa?'.

Gina gives a talk at a workshop on Language-Valence Interactions, organized by Daniel Casasanto and Jos van Berkum at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her talk is entitled "ERP and fMRI studies of Emotional Language".

January 2010

Gina Kuperberg, Martin Paczynski and Tali Ditman have had their paper, "Establishing causal coherence across sentences: An ERP study" accepted for publication in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

November 2009

Martin Paczynski, Trevor Blackford and Tali Ditman present posters at Psychonomics which was in Boston this year.

Goodbye to Suiping Wang who is returning to China after her year's sabbatical with us. We will miss her in the lab, but we look forward to continue working with her to see through her project examining the effects of task on the modulation of the N400 and P600 ERP components.

October 2009

Welcome to Eva Wittenberg who has joined the lab as a visiting scholar, funded by a scholarship provided by the European Recovery Program and administered by the German National Academic Foundation. Eva is coming from the University of Potsdam where she completed a masters degree working with Heike Wiese. She will be working with Gina Kuperberg, Ray Jackendoff, Heike Wiese and Maria Pinango, carrying out an ERP study examining the neural basis of light verb constructions.

Martin Paczynski presents a poster at the Neurobiology of Language conference in Chicago: The Impact of Grammatical Voice And Subject Noun Animacy on Verb Processing.

Gina gives a talk at the Center for Research in Language, at the University of California, San Diego, entitled "What can ERPs and fMRI tell us about language comprehension?"

September 2009

Welcome to Nate Delaney-Busch, coming from the University of California Davis, who has joined as a new graduate student. Nate has been carrying out neuroendocrinology research in prairie voles. This may seem a far cry from working in a cognitive neuroscience lab, but Nate has also worked with schizophrenia patients in a mental health clinic and is particularly interested in applying basic cognitive neuroscience research to understanding neurocognitive underpinnings of this disorder.

Welcome to Ellen Lau who has joined as a postdoc, coming from the University of Maryland where she completed her PhD with Colin Phillips and David Poeppel. Ellen will be working closely with Matti Hamalainen and the Multimodal Imaging core at the Martinos Center on MEG and fMRI projects examining the neural basis of the N400.

Gina speaks at The Annual NARSAD Scientific Symposium, Boston, MA. Her talk is entitled "The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language and Thought in Schizophrenia".



August 2009

Congratulations to Martin Paczynski who defended his Masters thesis, "Event-Related Potential Evidence for Use of Animacy Hierarchy, but not Thematic Role Type, in the Processing of Direct Object Arguments in Active English Sentences". Martin's committee were: Gina Kuperberg (advisor), Phil Holcomb, Ray Jackendoff, David Caplan and Neal Perlmutter.



July 2009

Goodbye and thank you to Arim Choi and Abigail Swain who have been research coordinators in the lab over the past two years. Arim will be a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University where she plans to study the encoding of speech along the auditory pathway. Abby will be studying at Bentley University to get an MBA and an MS in Human Factors.

Gina speaks at a symposium organized by Jeff Zacks, "New Findings in the Neuroscience of Discourse." at the Society for Text and Discourse Nineteenth Annual Meeting, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her talk is entitled, "What can ERPs and fMRI tell us about language comprehension? Streams of processing in the brain."

Gina Kuperberg, Arim Choi, Neil Cohn, Martin Paczynski, and Ray Jackendoff have had their paper, "Electrophysiological correlates of complement coercion," accepted for publication in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

June 2009

The Kuperberg Lab welcomes Eric Fields, our new Research Technologist. Eric received his B.S.,B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Middle Tennessee State University and has a background in Social Psychology. His most recent work, with Dr. William Langston, looked at individual differences in moral judgment.

May 2009

The NeuroCognition Lab is very excited to welcome a new member! Oliver Shai Ditman-Brunye was born on May 22nd at 8:47am, 7lbs 4oz. Congratulations to Tali, Tad and Oliver!

Gina has been awarded the Society for Biological Psychiatry's A.E. Bennet Research Award.

Gina speaks at a symposium, "Probing the neurobiology of symptoms in schizophrenia" at the Society of Biological Psychiatry's 64th Annual Scientific Convention in Vancouver, Canada. Her talk is entitled "Spatiotemporal imaging of loosening of associations in schizophrenia."

April 2009

Trevor Blackford and Martin Paczynski present posters at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference in San Francisco. And Martin Paczynski also presents a poster at CUNY in UC Davis.

Congratulations to Alexandra Geyer for being granted her PhD. Her thesis is entitled "Repetition Priming and Concreteness Effects in Bilingualism" and her advisor was Phil Holcomb.

Gina participates in an interdisciplinary workshop and gives several invited lectures on 'the Brain and Language' to students at the Scuola Superiore dell' Università di Catania, Sicily.

March 2009

Gina has been awarded the Joseph Zubin Memorial Award for Research in the field of Psychopathology, co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Tali Ditman and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Building coherence and cohesion: A framework for exploring the breakdown of links across clause boundaries in schizophrenia," accepted for publication in a Special Issue on language and schizophrenia in the Journal of Neurolinguistics.

Donna Kreher, Don Goff, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Why all the confusion? Experimental task explains discrepant semantic priming effects in schizophrenia under 'automatic' conditions: evidence from Event-Related Potentials," accepted for publication in Schizophrenia Research.

February 2009

Gina Kuperberg, Donna Kreher, Abby Swain, Don Goff, and Daphne Holt have had their paper, "Selective emotional processing deficits in social vignettes in schizophrenia: an ERP study," accepted for publication in Schizophrenia Bulletin.

January 2009

Gina is invited to speak at the Raboud University of Nijmegen Colloquium Series in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Her talk is entitled "So what is monitoring? What ERPs can tell us about the neural basis of language comprehension."

The NeuroCognition Lab welcomes Kana Okano, our new graduate student! Kana will work with both Gina Kuperberg and Phil Holcomb.

November 2008

Tatiana Sitnikova, Don Goff, and Gina Kuperberg have and their paper, "Abnormalities in conceptual processing dissociate disorganization and negative symptomatology during real-world behavior in schizophrenia," accepted for publication in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

The NeuroCognition Lab welcomes Suiping Wang from South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China! Suiping is a Visiting Professor in our lab and is interested in using ERPs to understand language processing in Chinese.

October 2008

Gina participates in a symposium organized by Kara Federmeir entitled "I knew you were going to say that...ERP studies reveal the role of expectancy-driven processes in language comprehension" at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Austin, Texas: Gina's talk is entitled "The origins of semantic prediction: a layered processing architecture".

Gina speaks at Psychiatry Grand Rounds and a research seminar and at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, NY. Her talk is entitled "Spatiotemporal imaging of comprehension in schizophrenia."

Gina speaks at the Maryland Linguistics Colloquium Series at University of Maryland, MD. Her talk is entitled "What can ERPs tell us about processing at the semantics/syntax interface?"

September 2008

The NeuroCognition lab at Tufts welcomes three new graduate students into the lab! Trevor Blackford, will be working with Dr. Kuperberg on sentence processing, and Janelle LaMarche and Cherry Yum will be working with Dr. Holcomb on early stages of visual word recognition and bilingual studies.

July 2008

Gina speaks in a symposium on the brain basis of language comprehension at the International Congress of Psychology in Berlin, Germany. Her talk is entitled "From action to syntax: evidence from ERPs and fMRI for common neural systems."

Daphne Holt, Spencer Lynn, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Neurophysiological correlates of comprehending emotional meaning in context," accepted for publication in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

June 2008

Gina speaks at the 1st Inaugural Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference in Venice, Italy. Her talk is entitled "Selective neural deficits in evaluating emotional information within social vignettes in schizophrenia."

Congratulations to Marianna Eddy for being granted her PhD (Advisor: Phil Holcomb)! Her thesis is titled "An electrophysiological investigation of the time course of object representation." She is taking a position as a postdoctoral researcher in the Gabrieli Laboratory at MIT.

Mante Nieuwland and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "When the truth isn't too hard to handle: An event-related potential study on the pragmatics of negation," accepted for publication in Psychological Science.

May 2008

Gina speaks in a Seminar Series in Psychiatric Neuroscience at the Sackler Institute, Cornell Medical School, NY. Her talk is entitled "Spatiotemporal imaging of thought in schizophrenia."

April 2008

Members of the NeuroCognition lab present posters at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference in San Francisco.

March 2008

Gina Kuperberg, Donna Kreher, and Tali Ditman have had their paper, "What can event-related potentials tell us about language, and perhaps even thought, in schizophrenia?", accepted for publication in a special issue on Language in Psychopathology for the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Gina Kuperberg, Caroline West, Balaji Lakshmanan, and Don Goff have had their paper, "fMRI reveals neuroanatomical dissociations during semantic integration in schizophrenia," accepted for publication in Biological Psychiatry.

February 2008

Tali Ditman, Phil Holcomb, and Gina Kuperberg have had their paper, "Time travel through language: temporal shifts rapidly decrease information accessibility during reading," accepted for publication in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

January 2008

Gina has had her review paper, "Building meaning in schizophrenia ", accepted for publication in a special issue on Psychosis in EEG and Clinical Neuroscience.