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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

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Dr. Kuperberg's lab is based across two sites: Tufts University where we conduct our ERP studies, and Mass. General Hospital Martinos Center where we carry out our functional MRI and MEG studies. At Tufts, Dr. Kuperberg shares a joined ERP lab with Dr. Phillip Holcomb – the NeuroCognition lab. Dr. Holcomb's current focus of interest is on the perceptual and cognitive processes involved in visual word comprehension and bilingualism. For more information about Dr. Holcomb's side of the lab, see http://neurocog.psy.tufts.edu/default.htm.

Postdocs | Graduate Students | Research Coordinators | Undergraduates | Visiting Scholars | Collaborators | Alumni

Principal Investigator

Gina R Kuperberg, M.D. Ph.D., Professor, Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Dept. Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Gina R Kuperberg, MD PhD, is a Cognitive Neuroscientist and a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Cognitive Science Center at Tufts University, Boston. She is also a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Principal Investigator in the Psychiatry Neuroscience Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her research program aims to understand the neurocognitive mechanisms by which the human brain builds meaning from language, and how these mechanisms break down in neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia... Read more

kuperber@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

 

Post-docs and Fellows

Kirsten Weber, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Dept. Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Kirsten's current research focusses on language production as well as semantic processing in healthy adults and patients with schizophrenia. For the latter she is involved in a project combining EEG, MEG and fMRI data. She received her BSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Exeter, Exeter, UK and an MSc as well as PhD degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where she worked at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging under the supervision of Peter Hagoort and Peter Indefrey. Her PhD research focussed on second language learning and bilingual language processing.

kweber@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

Eddie Wlotko, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Dept. Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

My research probes the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support building meaning from everyday language use. I use electro-magnetic and optical brain imaging techniques to elucidate the differential contributions of the two cerebral hemispheres to comprehending sentences. Recent work focuses on how hemispheric modes of comprehension are dynamically implemented in the young adult brain dependent on situational context or differing language goals and outcomes, and how this flexibility shifts with normal healthy aging. Current research will examine this type of malleability of language mechanisms in schizophrenia patients to simultaneously gain insight into the basis of disrupted language use in schizophrenia and to inform and refine models of typical language processing.

ewlotko@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

Einat Shetreet, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Dept. Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

I am fascinated by language, which is one of the few unique human capacities. My research is aimed at understanding how people learn and understand language. I use neuroimaging and behavioral methods to study the mental representations and mechanisms adults and children use during language comprehension, focusing on the sentence and discourse level. At the Kuperberg Lab, I work on discourse processing, examining the effects of discourse cues on word prediction, as well as mapping between real world events and language. In addition, I find verbs particularly interesting and I examine how various verb features affect sentence processing.

Meredith Brown, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Dept. Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

I am interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie rapid, probabilistic, and flexible effects of linguistic context on the dynamics of spoken language understanding. My doctoral research at the University of Rochester used eye-tracking and other behavioral methods to investigate how sentence prosody (the pitch and rhythm of speech) and other contextual factors influence listeners' inferences about speakers' intentions and their expectations about how upcoming speech will be realized in context. In current work I plan to use 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).

 

Graduate Students

Nate Delaney-Busch, B.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

nathaniel.delaney-busch@tufts.edu

Eric Fields, B.S.,B.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in psychology. After graduation, I worked in Dr. Kuperberg's lab as a full time research assistant for two years before staying on as a graduate student. My current work examines social and emotional factors in language processing.

eric.fields@tufts.edu

Allison Fogel, B.S., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University

I graduated from Tufts in 2012 with a B.S. in biopsychology and music. I then spent a year as a research assistant for Dr. Ellen Lau at the University of Maryland, working on ERP, MEG, and fMRI studies of language processing. My current research with Dr. Kuperberg and Dr. Ani Patel focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of music and language.

 

Research Coordinators

Arim Choi Perrachione, M.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Arim graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with a B.A. in linguistics and psychology and a M.A. in linguistics. She worked as a research assistant from 2007-2009 in Dr. Kuperberg's lab, investigating ERPs to a variety of syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic language phenomena. Arim also worked as a technical assistant in the Gabrieli Laboratory at MIT (2012-2013), exploring the effects of motivation and reward on adolescent learning using EEG.

Ben Stillerman, B.S., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Ben graduated from University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Cognitive Science, specializing in human cognition. In San Diego he worked with Dr. Ben Bergen on projects involving cognitive linguistics and music cognition as well as Dr. Virginia de Sa, whose worked focused on brain-computer interfaces. He now works as a research coordinator in the Kuperberg Lab, helping out with both fMRI and ERP projects.


Margarita Zeitlin, B.A., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Margarita graduated from New York University in 2010 with a B.A. in linguistics and German. She volunteered as a research assistant at Dr. Virginia Valian's Language Acquisition Research Center at CUNY Hunter College from 2010-2011, after which she joined Dr. Jesse Snedeker's lab at Harvard University as a lab coordinator and research assistant from 2011-2013. Margarita's research interests include understanding the time course of sentence comprehension in children and adults by use of varying behavioral and neurological methodologies, and the effects that multilingualism, discourse goals, and context have on this process.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Elena Albanese, Mt. Holyoke College

Annie Choong, Tufts University
Biological Psychology

Arjun Dutta, Tufts University
Cognitive and Brain Science

Merilla Michael, Tufts University
Cognitive and Brain Science

Caroline Peeples, Tufts University
Psychology

Sarah Perlo, Tufts University

Visiting Scholars

Eva Wittenberg M.A., Deptartment of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany

Maria Luiza Cunha Lima Ph.D., Deptartment of Linguistics, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

 

Consultants

Tali Ditman, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital

Dr. Tali Ditman received her BA and MA from Binghamton University and her PhD from Tufts University under the guidance of Drs. Phillip Holcomb and Gina Kuperberg. Her dissertation work, which was partially supported by an APA Dissertation Research Award, used EEG/ERPs to examine the interaction between lexico-semantic and discourse influences in tracking temporal, spatial, causal, and referential information during discourse comprehension. She is now a post-doctoral Research Fellow with Dr. Kuperberg, and explores discourse-level language comprehension in healthy adults as well as patients with schizophrenia using ERPs, fMRI, and behavioral methodologies. Her work is partially supported by an Advanced Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Award from MGH and a NARSAD Young Investigator's Award.

tali.ditman@tufts.edu

Collaborators

Phillip Holcomb, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University
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David Caplan, M.D. Ph.D., Dept. Neurology, Mass. General Hospital
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Don Goff, M.D., Dept. Psychiatry, Mass. General Hospital
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Daphne Holt, M.D. Ph.D., Dept. Psychiatry, Mass. General Hospital
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Tatiana Sitnikova, Ph.D., Dept. Psychology, Tufts University and Martinos Center, Mass. General Hospital
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Ray Jackendoff, Ph.D., Dept. Philosophy and Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University
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Ted Gibson, Ph.D., Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Jesse Snedeker, Ph.D, Dept of Psychology, Harvard University
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Josh Hartshorne, B.A., Dept of Psychology, Harvard University

Alumni

Candida Jane Maria Ustine, M.Eng. (Research Assistant, 2011-2014)

Yumiao Gong, PhD (Visiting Scholar, 2013)

Kristina Fanucci, B.S. (Research Assistant, 2011-2013)

Hugh Rabagliati, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2012)

Ellen Lau, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2012)

Martin Paczynski, PhD (Graduate Student, 2005-2012)

Neil Cohn, PhD (Graduate Student, 2006-2012)

Trevor Blackford, B.A. (Graduate Student, 2008-2011)

Scott Burns, M.S. (Research Assistant, 2010-2011)

Mante S. Nieuwland, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007 - 2009)

Suiping Wang, Ph.D (Visiting Scholar, 2008 - 2009)

Abigail Swain (Research Assistant, 2007 - 2009)

Sophie De Grauwe (Visiting Scholar, 2006 - 2007)

Balaji Lakshmanan (Research Technologist, 2005 - 2007)

Donna Kreher (Graduate Student, 2003 - 2006)

Kaila Norman (Clinical Research Assistant, 2005 - 2006)

Karin Blais (Research Assistant, 2003 - 2005)

Daya Gulabani (Research Assistant, 2004 - 2005)

Spencer Lynn (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004 - 2005)

Christine Portal (Clinical Research Assistant, 2003 - 2005)

Jordana Cotton (Research Assistant, 2002 - 2004)

Marianna Eddy (Research Assistant, 2001 - 2003)

Jiro Ozawa (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2001 - 2003)

Undergraduate Alumni

Gianna Wilkie (2008-2012)

Dan Kim (2010-2011)

Liam Clegg (2008-2011)

Wonja Fairbrother (2009-2011)

Vivian Haime (2009-2011)

Sorabh Kothari (2010-2011)

Sarah Cleary (2007-2010)

Alexandra Rodman (2008-2010)

Alexis Cook (2009-2010)