Friday, August 4, 2017

Lydia receives Saffran Student Scholar Award

Lydia, a PhD student in the lab, received the Saffran Student Scholar Award for the 12th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation of Communication Disorders at Temple University. The award will include: registration to the conference, lunch with Dr. Lana Shekim, attendance at a pre-conference dinner with the speakers, travel support for airfare, and hotel accommodations. Congratulations Lydia!

Shraddha receives Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award

Shraddha, a PhD student in the lab, received an Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award which includes complimentary registration to attend the 2017 ASHA Convention in Los Angeles, California in November 2017.

For more information, please visit the SHS page here

Friday, June 30, 2017

FanTing receives SPARC award!

FanTing, an undergraduate research assistant in the lab, received another award for her summer research. The Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) award aims to garner student interest in pursuing a PhD and academic careers, particularly in communication sciences and disorders.

For more information about the award and the work FanTing will complete over the summer, please visit the SHS post here.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations to Andrew and Meghan on graduating!

Andrew and Meghan, undergraduate research assistants in the lab, graduated from UIUC with degrees in Speech and Hearing Science! We are so proud of them and will miss having them in the lab. Good luck to you both on your future endeavors!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Paper published on changes in theta and alpha power in MCI

Congratulations to Lydia on her first first-author publication! The paper is titled "Theta and Alpha Alterations in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment in Semantic Go/NoGo Tasks".

Growing evidence suggests that cognitive control processes are impaired in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI); however the nature of these alterations needs further examination. The current study examined differences in electroencephalographic theta and alpha power related to cognitive control processes involving response execution and response inhibition in 22 individuals with aMCI and 22 age-, sex-, and education-matched cognitively normal controls. Two Go/NoGo tasks involving semantic categorization were used. In the basic categorization task, Go/NoGo responses were made based on exemplars of a single car (Go) and a single dog (NoGo). In the superordinate categorization task, responses were made based on multiple exemplars of objects (Go) and animals (NoGo). Behavioral data showed that the aMCI group had more false alarms during the NoGo trials compared to controls. The EEG data revealed between group differences related to response type in theta (4–7 Hz) and low-frequency alpha (8–10 Hz) power. In particular, the aMCI group differed from controls in theta power during the NoGo trials at frontal and parietal electrodes, and in low-frequency alpha power during Go trials at parietal electrodes. These results suggest that alterations in theta power converge with behavioral deterioration in response inhibition, whereas alterations in low-frequency alpha power appear to precede behavioral changes in response execution. Both behavioral and electrophysiological correlates combined provide a more comprehensive characterization of cognitive control deficits in aMCI.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

AANCL takes on the Undergraduate Research Symposium

Andrew, Stephany, Meghan, and FanTing made us proud by all presenting posters at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April! They did a great job of explaining their work to the judges, students, faculty, and professors who attended the event. Congratulations to all of you!

Andrew: Portable Listening Devices: Listening Habits, Hearing Health, and Cognition

Stephany and Meghan: Electrophysiological Markers of Cognitive Control in Picture Word Interference Task

FanTing: Connected Language in Alzheimer's Disease

Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

FanTing Receives Summer Research Award

FanTing, an undergraduate research assistant in the lab, received the Campus Honor Program's Summer Research Award which will allow her to spend the summer researching a topic of her choice. FanTing will be exploring functional communication in individuals with Alzheimer's disease. At the end of the summer she will submit a research report of her findings. Congratulations FanTing! We are so proud of you and so excited to have you working in the lab this summer!

For more information, see the SHS announcement here.