Education and Training

Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2019

Department of Psychology
Concordia University
Advisor: 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

2018

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

2016

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

2015

Penn State Social Life and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center Dissertation Award

2011-2013

Penn State Graduate Scholar Award

2010

Bucknell University Candland Undergraduate Research Fellowship


Publications

Grant, A., & Li, P. (under revision). Proficiency Affects Intra- and Inter-regional BOLD Variability in Second Language Processing

Grant, A., Coulter, K., & Phillips, N. (in prep). 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., Legault, J. & Li, P. (to appear). 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.

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

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. (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.

Li, P. & Grant, A. (2015). Second Language Learning Success Revealed by Brain Networks. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 657-664. doi: 10.1017/S1366728915000280

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

Grant, A., & Li, P. (in prep). Effects of cognitive control training on vocabulary learning. Manuscript in preparation

Legault, J., Grant, A., Fang, S-Y., & Li, P. (in prep). How individual differences mediate structural brain changes during second language learning.


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., 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 accepted to 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 learners” Poster 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

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

Volunteer, 24 Hours of Science with the Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music, 2018
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 Associations

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
EEG: EEGlab, ERPlab, Brainvision, R (for plotting)
MRI: SPM8 and 12, MarsBar, Wake Forest University Pick Atlas, SnPM, The Decoding Toolbox (TDT), GIMME (MATLAB and R versions)

Languages

Spanish: 9 years of study
Italian: 3 years of study, including one semester in Florence (Fall 2009)
French: Currently acquiring in Montreal


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