I am a postdoctoral assistant professor at the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). I received my BA in Linguistics from UC Davis in 2009, an MA in Linguistics from CSU Fresno in 2013, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Delaware in 2019.
My research centers on the phonetic and phonological content of auditory predictions, using event-related potentials (ERPs). I use EEG (electroencephalography) technology to probe the content of memory trace representations generated in response to acoustically-varying input. I also do ERP and behavioral research in phonological rule-learning, as well as sentence processing, working memory, and second-language acquisition.
- Chris Golston and I made the local news in Fresno to talk about Fresno State’s Chukchansi documentation project.
- I have been offered a postdoc at the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS)! The position involves both teaching and research, and will begin this September.
- I have successfully defended my dissertation titled “Phonetic and Phonemic Predictions in Auditory Memory”!
- I am giving a talk titled “Ad Hoc Phonetic Categorization and Prediction” at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) in Melbourne, Australia taking place August 5-9, 2019.
- Renee Zhiyin Dong is giving a talk titled “Gap Predicting and Island Constraint in Processing Mandarin Topic Structure: An ERP Study” at Psycholinguistics in Iceland – Parsing and Prediction in Reykjavik on June 20, 2019.
- I am giving a talk at GLOW in Oslo titled “Neural Tracking of Implicit vs Explicit Phonotactic Learning” on May 7, 2019.
- Our paper “Phonological Memory Traces Do Not Contain Phonetic Information” has been published in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics: Special Issue – In Honor of Randy Diehl.