Hello, I’m Monica! :)


I am a PhD candidate in the Language and Cognition Division at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut, working with Dr. Jim Magnuson in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab. I am also a trainee in the Language Plasticity IGERT program funded by NSF and an IBRAiN fellow at the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

I am interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying spoken word recognition, particularly regarding how top-down (e.g., attention, context) and bottom-up (e.g., speech signal, noise) information interact to determine speech perception. I use MRI, EEG, and eyetracking techniques to tap into the feedback and feedforward mechanisms in speech.


Publications

  • Li, M. Y.C. (2018). Feedback Mechanisms in Spoken Word Recognition. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Li, M. Y.C. (2018). Understanding the Hierarchy of Language Processes Through Cross-Frequency Coupling in Neural Oscillation. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Li, M. Y.C., Braze, D., Kukona, A., Johns, C. L., Tabor, W., Van Dyke, J. A., … Magnuson, J. S. (2017). Individual Differences in Subphonemic Sensitivity and Reading-Related Abilities. Manuscript submitted for publication. https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/3FNCY

Presentations

  • Li, M. Y.C., Braze, D., Kukona, A., Shankweiler, D. P., Tabor, W., Van Dyke, J. A., Mencl, W. E., Johns, C. L., Pugh, K. R., Magnuson, J. S. (2017, November). Individual Differences in Subphonemic Sensitivity and Reading Ability. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Li, M. Y.C., Martino, A. D., Stevens, M. C., Fein, D. A., & Eigsti, I. (2016, August). Language Comprehension and Functional Connectivity in Individuals with Optimal Outcome from Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, London, UK.
  • Li, M. Y.C. (2015, April). Current views on neural plasticity in bilingual phonology acquisition. Oral presentation at the UConn-UMass-Smith Language Acquisition Workshop, Storrs, CT, USA.
  • Li, M. Y.C., Tzeng, O. J.-L., Hung, D. L., & Wu, D. H. (2014, April). The neuronal laterality of the phonological and visual similarity effects in probed serial recognition in Chinese-English bilinguals. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Li, M. Y.C., Tzeng, O. J.-L., Hung, D. L., & Wu, D. H. (2014, January). Functional MRI investigation of the effects of phonological and visual similarity of English words on short-term memory in unbalanced Chinese-English bilinguals. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Taiwan Society of Cognitive Neuroscience, Zhongli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan.
  • Li, M. Y.C., Hung, D. L., Tzeng, O. J.-L., & Wu, D. H., (2013, October). Improving the Chinese Version of the Multilingual Naming Task. Poster presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of Taiwanese Psychological Association, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Li, M. Y.C., Lin, E. Y.-C., Tzeng, O. J.-L., Hung, D. L., & Wu, D. H. (2012, November). The effects of phonological and visual similarity of English words on short-term memory in unbalanced Chinese-English bilinguals. Poster presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

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