Education and Training

Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2019

Department of Psychology
Concordia University
Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Phillips

Ph.D. in Psychology and Language Science, 2017

Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
The Pennsylvania State University
Advisor: Dr. Ping Li

M.S. in Psychology, 2013

The Pennsylvania State University
Advisor: Dr. Ping Li

B.A. in Psychology with Honors, 2011

Minors: Italian, Linguistics, Spanish
Bucknell University
Advisor: Dr. Ruth Tincoff

Awards and Honors


Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music Research Incubator Award


Psychonomic Society/Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Award for Junior Scientists

Penn State Research and Graduate Studies Office Dissertation Support Award

Penn State Raymond Lombra Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research in the Social Sciences


Penn State Social Life and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center Dissertation Award


Penn State Graduate Scholar Award


Bucknell University Candland Undergraduate Research Fellowship


Legault, J., Grant, A., Fang, S-Y., & Li, P. (under revision). Individual differences mediate structural brain changes during second language learning.

Grant, A., Coulter, K., & Phillips, N. (to appear). Current perspectives on aging and bilingualism across the lifespan. In Thomas, A. & Gutchess, A. (Eds.) Handbook of Cognitive Aging: A Life Course Perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Grant, A., & Li, P. (in press). Proficiency Affects Intra- and Inter-regional Patterns of Language Control in Second Language Processing. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.

Li, P. & Grant, A. (in press). Scaling up: How computational models can propel bilingualism research forward. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Grant, A., Legault, J. & Li, P. (2019). What do bilingual models tell us about the neurocognition of multiple languages? In Schwieter, J.W. (Ed.) The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism. Wiley-Blackwell.

Grant, A. & Dennis, N.A. (2017). Increased processing speed in young adult bilinguals: evidence from source memory judgments. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 20 (2), 327-336.

Li, P. & Grant, A. (2016). Second Language Learning Success Revealed by Brain Networks. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 657-664. doi: 10.1017/S1366728915000280

Li, P. & Grant, A. (2015). Identifying the causal link: Two approaches toward understanding the relationship between bilingualism and cognitive control. Cortex, 73, 358-60. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.07.013.

Grant, A. & Li, P. (2015). Brain Mapping of Lexico-Semantic Functions in Bilinguals. Journal of Cognitive Science, 16, 1-15.

Grant, A., Fang, S., & Li, P. (2015). Second language lexical development and cognitive control: A longitudinal fMRI study. Brain and Language, 144, 35-47.

Grant, A., Dennis, N.A. & Li, P. (2014). Cognitive control, cognitive reserve, and memory in the aging bilingual brain. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1401. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01401

Working Papers

Grant, A., Brisson-McKenna, M. & Phillips, N. (in prep). Working Memory and Second Language Proficiency Predict Electrophysiological Sensitivity to Discourse Violations.

Grant, A., Grey, S., & Van Hell, J.G. (in prep). The influence of gender stereotypes on the neurophysiological correlates of semantic processing. 

Invited Talks

Grant, A. (November, 2017). From faltering to fluent: the role of the basal ganglia in second language learning. Bucknell University, USA. 

Grant, A. (February, 2017). Learning a Second Language: Processes & Consequences. Northwestern University, USA.

Grant, A. (August, 2015). Basics of fMRI data analysis. Jiangsu Normal University, China.

Grant, A. (March, 2014). Neural Correlates of Lexical Processing in Adult Second Language Learners. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. 

Conference Presentations

Grant, A., *Best, P.T., & Phillips, N.  (2019, March). “Electrophysiological correlates of auditory discourse processing in bilinguals across the lifespan” Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco.

Grant, A., Coulter, K., Kousaie, S., Gilbert, A.C., Baum, S., Gracco, V., Klein D., Titone, D. & Phillips N. (2018, August). “Age of acquisition of L2 affects alpha power during bilingual speech in noise processing” Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Quebec City.

Grant, A., Brisson-McKenna, M., & Phillips, N. (2018, July). “Electrophysiological correlates of auditory discourse processing in bilinguals.” Symposium presentation at the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, St. John’s.

Grant, A. & Li, P. (2017, November). “Variability in BOLD correlates of semantic judgment reduces with proficiency among L2 learnersPoster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore.

Legault, J., Grant, A., Fang, S.-Y., & Li, P. (2017, November). “Individual Difference-Related Neuroplasticity during Second Language Training” Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore.

Grant, A. & Li, P. (2016, November). "Second language proficiency affects subcortical recruitment during executive control processing" Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Boston.

Grant, A., Grey, S.E., & Van Hell, J.G. (2016, April) Male fashionistas and female football fans: how gender stereotypes affect neurophysiological correlates of speech comprehension Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, New York City.

Grant, A., & Dennis, N. (2015, May). Speeded Source Memory Performance in Young Adult Bilinguals Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference, New York City.

Grant, A., & Li, P. (2014, August). “Losing control: An investigation of lexical processing in adult second language learners Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Amsterdam.

Grant, A., Li, P., & Fang, S. (2013, November). Working hard really does pay off: An fMRI investigation of lexical access in L2 learners Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, San Diego.

Chouinard, A., & Li, P. (2012, October). Neural Correlates of Lexical Development in Adult Second Language Learners Poster presented at the 31st Annual Second Language Research Forum. Pittsburgh.

Chouinard, A. (2011, March). “Lexical Development in Adult Beginning Second Language Learners” Poster presented at the Kalman Research Symposium. Bucknell University, Lewisburg.

Chouinard, A. (2010, July). “Lexical Development in Adult Beginning Second Language Learners” Poster presented at the Sigma Xi Student Summer Research Poster Session. Bucknell University, Lewisburg.

Professional Experience and Services

Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer

Human Brain Mapping
Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology
Language Learning
Frontiers in Psychology, Language Sciences
Learning & Individual Differences
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Journal of Neurolinguistics
Brain & Language
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition

Conference Assistance and Outreach

Poster Judge, Centre for Research in Human Development Annual Conference, 2019
24 Hours of Science with the Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music, 2018-2019
Member of the Steering Committee, Penn State Chapter of Bilingualism Matters, 2016-2017
Guest BloggerCognitive Neuroscience Society (co-posted at Aeon magazine), 2016-2017
Volunteer Presenter, "Brain in Action" Exhibit, USA Science and Engineering Festival, 2016
Volunteer, Society for the Neurobiology of Language 2014

Professional Affiliations

Association for Psychological Science
Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
Psychonomic Society
Society for the Neurobiology of Language: Student-Postdoc Representative, 2017-2019
Women in Cognitive Science (USA & Canada)


Research History and Related Skills

Research History

Concordia University

2017-2019: Cognition, Aging, and Psychophysiology Lab. Advised by Dr. Natalie Phillips.

The Pennsylvania State University

2013-2017: Bilingualism and Language Development Lab. Advised by Dr. Janet van Hell.
2013-2016: Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab. Advised by Dr. Nancy Dennis.
2011-2017: Brain, Language and Cognition Lab. Advised by Dr. Ping Li.

Bucknell University

2010-2011: Independent Research for an Honors Thesis on Lexical Development in Adult Beginning Second Language Learners.

Funded through the Candland Undergraduate Research Fund.
Advised by Dr. Ruth Tincoff.

2008-2010: Research Assistant for Dr. Ruth Tincoff.
2007-2008: Research Assistant for Dr. David Evans. 

Harvard University

Summer 2009: Research Assistant for Dr. Daniel Wegner.

Data Analysis

General: E-Prime, SPSS, Matlab, Praat, Inquisit, R
EEG: EEGlab, ERPlab, Brainvision
MRI: SPM8 and 12, MarsBar, Wake Forest University Pick Atlas, SnPM, The Decoding Toolbox (TDT), GIMME (MATLAB and R versions)


English: Native
Spanish: 9 years of study
Italian: 3 years of study, including one semester in Florence (Fall 2009)

Teaching Experience

The Pennsylvania State University

Instructor, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

TA/Laboratory Instructor, 
Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Instructor, Spring 2014

TA/Laboratory Instructor, Fall 2013

TA, Spring 2013


TA, Fall 2012


TA, Spring 2012


TA, Fall 2011


Bucknell University

TA, Spring 2011

TA, Spring 2010

Volunteer TA, Fall 2009


Brown University

TA, Summer 2007


Psych 256: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Psych 301W: Research Methods

Psych 457: Psychology of Language

Psych 301W: Research Methods

Psych 422: Human Sexuality
Psych 461: Advanced Learning

Psych 457: Psychology of Language
Psych 256: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Psych 105: Psychology as a Science and Profession
Psych 456: Advanced Cognitive Psychology

Psych 100H: Introductory Honors
Psych 256: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology


Linguistics 110: Syntax

Italian 102

English (in Italian kindergarten and first grade classrooms) 



AP Biology, Summer@Brown program for high school students