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


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


Graduate Student Investigator of NSF grant #BCS-1338946 “Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Second Language Learning: Role of Learning Context and Cognitive Functions” 
PI: Dr. Ping Li, Penn State University; Co-PIs: Dr. Yiming Yang, Dr. Shiwen Fang, Jiangsu Normal University


Penn State Graduate Scholar Award


Bucknell University Candland Undergraduate Research Fellowship


Grant, A., Legault, J. & Li, P. (accepted). What do bilingual models tell us about the neurocognition of multiple languages? In Cieslicka, A. & Heredia, R. (Eds.) The Bilingual Brain Unwrapped. Psychology Press.

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. (2017). The influence of gender stereotypes on the neurophysiological correlates of semantic processing. Manuscript in preparation.

Grant, A., & Li, P. (2017). Effects of cognitive control training on vocabulary learning. Manuscript in preparation.

Grant, A., & Li, P. (2017). Second language proficiency affects intra- and inter-regional BOLD variabilityManuscript in preparation.

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. & Li, P. (2017, November). “Variability in BOLD correlates of semantic judgment reduces with proficiency among L2 learners” Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, Baltimore.

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

Member of the Steering Committee, Penn State Chapter of Bilingualism Matters
Volunteer Presenter, "Brain in Action" Exhibit, USA Science and Engineering Festival 2016
Guest BloggerCognitive Neuroscience Society 2016 (co-posted at Aeon magazine)
Volunteer, Society for the Neurobiology of Language 2014

Professional Associations

Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Society for the Neurobiology of Language: Student-Postdoc Representative, 2017-2019

Psychonomic Society
Women in Cognitive Science
Association for Psychological Science
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society

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


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