Second Language Lexical 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. 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).

Auditory Bilingual Language Processing

In my current position I am complementing my research on lexical processing with a new line of research investigating auditory language processing at the sentential and discourse levels. One project investigates bilingual speech processing in noise using EEG time-frequency analyses (see my SNL poster this August), and another uses event-related potentials (ERPs) to investigate younger and older bilinguals' relative sensitivity to lexical association and discourse congruence in each of their languages (see my CSBBCS talk for young adult data).