Second Language Processing

My research focuses on second language lexical processing and its interplay with non-linguistic cognitive systems, including executive control and memory. I have investigated these issues using both behavioral and fMRI methods. In my current position I am building this research line via two projects, one investigating bilingual speech processing in noise using EEG time-frequency analyses, and another using event-related potentials (ERPs) to investigate bilingual language comprehension in discourse.  For further information, please see the following representative papers:

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. (direct link).

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

Grant, A., Dennis, N.A. and Li, P. (2014). Cognitive control, cognitive reserve, and memory in the aging bilingual brain. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1401. (direct link).



This line of research investigates the influence of world knowledge on semantic processing as measured by ERPs. My approach uses auditorily presented speech during EEG recording to increase ecological validity and ask questions not possible with traditional visual methodologies, as illustrated in the poster below.

Grant, A., Grey, S.E., & Van Hell, J.G. (2017). The influence of gender stereotypes on the neurophysiological correlates of semantic processing. Manuscript in preparation. (poster).