Lab Holiday Party 🙂 From left to right, Akif Eltahir (stats TA), Azaan Adnan, “Dr. D”, Anushka Lalwani, Brent Dryczewycz (missing Avery Keith, PSYC 3P65 TA and current DLab member)
At end of term, PSYC 3P65 Brain and Language students participated in a poster session. The poster session was the culmination of one of the course’s experiential learning components, requiring students to connect lecture concepts with published research in brain and language. Furthermore, they learned how to use Microsoft Publisher to create a conference quality scientific poster. Students were also required to learn how to succinctly discuss scientific concepts in an elevator style pitch.
Bottom left: see Avery Keith (TA) and Brent Dryczewycz with Matthew Mullins present a paper on Event Related Potentials (ERPs) and sentences.
Good news! We have been awarded a 5 year federal grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant, on “The role of individual differences in motivation and emotion in language comprehension.” Strong and motivated graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Congratulations to Brent Dryczewycz on his selection to attend the Leadership Academy by Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference (July 31-August 2) brings together IHI chapter leaders from universities across North America.
A new paper is in press in Brain Research:
Selvanayagam, J., Witte, V., Schmidt, L.A., Dwivedi, V.D. (in press). A preliminary investigation of dispositional affect, the P300 and sentence processing. Brain Research.
Dr. Dwivedi spoke at a rally against Bill C21 in Montreal, Quebec on June 21 (right in front of McGill’s Roddick gates). Take a listen.
You can learn more about Bill C21 here:
In response to an article in The Conversation (see link below): Dr Dwivedi was interviewed by Wei Chen on CBC’s Ontario Morning, on Monday June 10. Listen here at 10 minute mark for the interview.
On Friday June 7, Dr Dwivedi was interviewed by Rick Gibbons for his show on 1310 News Radio in Ottawa.
See article published June 5, in the academic magazine The Conversation, regarding our brain’s structure regarding in-group vs. out-group members.
Congratulations to Sean Chisholm completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. We wish him well in his MSc studies at Waterloo University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Congratulations to Joana Frieske completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at Maastricht University (via her Honours thesis here at Brock University). We wish her well in her MA studies at Maastricht University in Neuropsychology.
Veena D. Dwivedi is Visiting Professor at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Medicine, at McGill University until June 30.
A new paper is in press:
Dwivedi, V.D. (in press). Individual differences in processing of negative quantifiers: implications for bilinguals. In V. Deprez & M.T. Espinal (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Negation. Oxford University Press.
Congratulations to lab alumnus Janahan Selvanayagam on his NSERC graduate award, “Investigating the prefrontal microcircuitry underlying cognitive control of saccadic eye movements in the common marmoset”, as well as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship award (declined due to NSERC success).
Veena D. Dwivedi recently wrote an article regarding the neuroscience of tribalism, emphasizing that we can overcome it using our neocortical substrate… we are not chimps. The full article found here, was published in the Hamilton Spectator, The St. Catharines Standard and the Peterborough Examiner..
Veena D. Dwivedi’s commentary in response to the front page article from the April 24 issue of the Globe and Mail was published in the paper’s letters to the editor section in their April 25 issue. The article, titled PMO Vets Potential Judges With Liberal Database, can be found here. Dr. Dwivedi commented on error in the statistical analysis used in the article, bringing it to their attention:
“The display text on your front-page article, PMO Vets Potential Judges With Liberal Database (April 24), states: ‘Globe review of Elections Canada data finds one-quarter of appointments since 2016 were party donors.’ From this alone, it is clear that three-quarters were not party donors.
You examined Elections Canada donation data sets, and found 1,187 contributions were matched to 83 of the 289 judges appointed since 2016 – or less than one-third (28.7 per cent). In other words, more than 70 per cent of judges appointed since 2016 did not donate to the Liberal Party.
Clearly, the facts overwhelmingly support the statement by Justice Minister David Lametti’s office that political leanings were not taken into consideration for judicial appointments. Your article’s tone and presentation, however, paints a different picture.
Does The Globe and Mail have a grasp of what is taught in even a basic statistics class, and/or are you relying on Canadians not to have one?”
The complete letter to the editor section can be found here.
Veena D. Dwivedi presented the 26th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, which took place in San Francisco, California, USA.
Dr. Dwivedi (pictured far right with fellow CNS colleagues, Drs. Janet van Hell and Sarah Grey) presented a poster entitled N400, dispositional affect and sentence processing (co-authored by Janahan Selvanayagam).
Veena D. Dwivedi gave a series of invited lectures in Europe and North and South India.
At Maastricht University (pictured left with Dr. Sonja Kotz), her talk was entitled: Affect and sentence processing: a different kind of context. She also attended the thesis defenses of Brocku exchange students, Joana Frieske and Amelie Backes, in the Neuropsychology dept.
In North India, she gave an invited lecture ‘Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language: what is a 21st century researcher to do?’ at the Indian Institute of Technology -Ropar (Punjab) for the Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences.
In South India, her final invited talk, ‘The case for heuristic vs. algorithmic processing in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language’ was presented at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, Karnataka.
Our fall term Psychology students from Maastricht University were featured in Brock News. Amelie Backes (Right) and Joana Frieske (Left) were recognized for their successful EEG research experience in the Dwivedi Brain and Language lab, as well as their enjoying Brock Psychology classes, and the Canadian experience in general. Click here to view the full article.
In September 2018, we will be welcoming international exchange students, Amelie Backes (left) and Joana Frieske (right) from the Psychology department in Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Amelie and Joana are participating in a selective honours program called Marble, (Maastricht Research-Based Learning Excellence program). During the fall term, they will conduct ERP language research in Dr. Dwivedi’s continuing collaboration with Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT (with Dr. Ted Gibson)
Congratulations to Alanna Kozak (above, with Dr. Dwivedi) for receiving the Dean’s Medal for the Faculty of Social Sciences. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Language Sciences. We wish her well in med school at the University of Western Ontario.
Congratulations to Janahan Selvanayagam (below, with his family, fellow classmate and Dr. Dwivedi) for being awarded Distinguished Graduating Student in the Nuerosciences. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience (Neurobiology Stream). We wish him well in his PhD studies in Neuroscience at the University of Western Ontario.
Congratulations to Harmonie Chan completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sciences. We wish her well in her MSc studies in Speech Pathology at McMaster University.
Alanna Kozak (top left) presented a poster entitled P600 and dispositional affect; Harmonie Chan (top right) presented a poster entitled The neural correlates of error perception in sentences and Janahan Selvanayagam (bottom right) presented a poster entitled N400 and dispositional affect for the 38th annual meeting of the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association in Guelph, Ontario.
The Dwivedi Brain and Language Lab was featured in Brock News, recognizing our transdisciplinary approach to research, as well as our current and past student success stories. Click here to view the full article.
Veena Dwivedi (left) and Janahan Selvanayagam (right) presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Boston, USA.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled An electrophysiological investigation of noisy channel sentences (co-authored by Victoria Witte, Janahan Selvanayagam, Harmonie Chan and Ted Gibson).
Janahan Selvanayagam presented a poster entitled P300, dispositional affect and sentence processing (co-authored by Victoria Witte, Louis A. Schmidt and Veena Dwivedi) to Mark E. Pflieger, a colleague and senior scientist at Cortech Solutions, Inc.
Dr Dwivedi highlighted in Globe and Mail’s Amplify newsletter, as a Canadian woman inspiring others
“Her advice? Never fit in. Make yourself visible to you. Find other people who see you. And hang on.”
Recently, Veena Dwivedi was reading a book about cognitive neuroscience of language while getting a coffee at the Fairmont hotel in Toronto. She was heading to visit her son in Montreal for his 20th birthday and preparing material for her brain and language lecture at Brock University, where she teaches in the Psychology department.
“That’s a big book,” the barista said to her as she ordered her coffee. Dwivedi went on to explain that she teaches classes on the subject.
With a shocked, disbelieving look on her face, the barista replied. “Oh really?”
But this is nothing new. “People consistently underestimate my intellectual ability, that I am a scientist and I have a doctorate,” she says. “But you just keep getting in there.”
As an Indo-Canadian woman, Dwivedi has experienced her fair share of racism and sexism growing up and moving through the STEM field. She was warned by her father when she was going into kindergarten that the teacher would never call on her because she looked different. When she was at McGill University for her undergraduate program, she was dating (and is now married to) a boy outside of her culture and tradition, and they were one of the only mixed race couples around. It caused stress with her parents and people around her. When she lived in Westmount, a suburb of Montreal, her doorman asked if she was a kindergarten teacher when told him she taught for a living. And when she ran into her former academic adviser at McGill University while completing a visiting assistant professorship, and told him she was married and just had a baby, he responded saying, “the best job in the world is being a mother,” disregarding her pursuit of being a tenured professor.
But none of it stopped her. Now, Dwivedi runs her own lab on the brain and language, where she studies how the human mind understands and creates sentences. She loves her job, especially when she can help students pursue their own career paths. And she’s a support person for young women in STEM. A student of hers recently got early acceptance in the same field as her, and her response, “you go girl,” was a contrast to those who didn’t believe in her.
“I might not be in a war zone, but I’ve fought a few battles, and I wanted to help be a voice for people like me,” she says.”I want to be the person I needed back then. Because that person wasn’t here yet.”
Her advice? Never fit in. Make yourself visible to you. Find other people who see you. And hang on.
The complete newsletter is available here.
As of July 1, Dr Dwivedi is a new member of the Psychology Dept (and continuing in Neuroscience) here at Brock.
See her interview on p. 2 of Psychology dept. newsletter — and learn about the dept, too!
Victoria Witte presented a poster entitled Evidence from ERPs that positive individuals are sensitive to referential cues and Janahan Selvanayagam presented a poster entitled Dispositional affect and sentence processing for the 37th annual meeting of the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association in St Catharines, Canada.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled An electrophysiological investigation of noisy channel sentences (co-authored by current lab members, Victoria Witte and Janahan Selvanayagam, as well as current MIT collaborator, Ted Gibson) for the 24th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, USA.
Dr. Dwivedi, Victoria and Janahan at the 46th annual Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment conference where Victoria and Janahan presented.
Congratulations to Leslie Rowland!
After completing her Hons. thesis here in the Dwivedi Brain and Language lab, and successfullly completing an MSc in Communication Disorders and Sciences at McGilll, she is currently working as a registered Speech Language Pathologist for the outpatient stroke program at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines.
She also works as a Speech Language Pathologist for Niagara Health at the St. Catharines site. We wish her continued success in current and future endeavours.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled An ERP investigation of noisy channel sentence interpretation (co-authored by current lab members, Victoria Witte and Janahan Selvanayagam, as well as current MIT collaborator, Ted Gibson) for the 10th International conference on the Mental Lexicon in Ottawa, Canada.
Veena Dwivedi’s article entitled Sex-selective abortions: Strive for cultural understanding over outrage (article on heterogeneity of culture in interpreting statistical finding for Indo-Canadian community) is published in The Globe and Mail.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled An ERP investigation of sentence processing: Evidence for number in events (co-authored by current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss, and lab alumna now at Western pursuing PhD in Neuroscience, Raechelle Gibson) for the presentation for Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Veena Dwivedi gave an invited lecture at the ABLE Workshop: Vision and Language in the Context of Brain, Evolution and Computation in Chicago, USA, entitled: Can we use grammar to probe the language-vision interface.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled ERP effects of sentential context in semantic number interpretation (co-authored by current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss, and lab alumna now at Western pursuing PhD in Neuroscience, Raechelle Gibson) for the Society of Neurobiology and Language in Chicago, USA.
Champagne & dinner at Pier 61 celebrating Kaitlin Curtiss’ (far left) upcoming wedding.
From left to right: Kaitlin Curtiss, Dr D, Valerie Plante-Brisebois (former lab member); Victoria Witte, and Jesse Colasanzio (former directed studies student Psych/Ling).
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled Heuristic mechanisms in sentence processing (with co-author and current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss and co-author and lab alumna now pursuing MSc at McGill in Speech Pathology, Leslie Rowland) for the 25th annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled Heuristic and semantic context in processing quantifier scope sentences (with co-author and current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss and co-author and former lab member, Leslie Rowland) at the Annual meeting of the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled Effects of semantic context on heuristic vs. algorithmic processing (with co-author and current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss and co-author and former lab member, Leslie Rowland) at the 22nd annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco.
Veena Dwivedi and current Brain and Language Lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss, presented their poster entitled Number and the activation of event knowledge at the 9th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon held from September 30 to October 2, 2014 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.
Congratulations to a former member of the Brain and Language Lab, Lynsey Endicott, who graduated from the Master of Health Science Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Toronto.
Congratulations to former Brain and Language Lab member, Raechelle Gibson, currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at Western.
Rae was recently named among 166 nationwide recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her current work in sensory systems and perception.
Veena Dwivedi delivered an invited presentation entitled Event structure in discourse processing for the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in August.
Congratulations to former Brain and Language Lab members, Leslie Rowland and Hope Magnus, who graduated with from Bachelor of Arts programs in the Brock University Department of Applied Linguistics in June.
Both are accepted in graduate programs at McGill–Leslie in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Hope in Second Language Teaching.
Good luck with graduate school!
In May, Veena Dwivedi served as the local organizer for the annual conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association, which was held at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON, as part of the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
At this conference, Veena Dwivedi and Kaitlin Curtiss presented a poster entitled The role of event knowledge in semantic interpretation.
Veena Dwivedi also presented a poster entitled The cost of attention in semantic processing (with co-authors Leslie Rowland, Hope Magnus, and Kaitlin Curtiss) at that same conference.
In April, Veena Dwivedi co-ordinated the annual Department of Applied Linguistics Research Day, where she also presented a poster entitled “Quantification, attention, and the P300 effect” (with co-author and current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss, and co-author and former lab member, Rae Gibson).
Former lab members Leslie Rowland and Hope Magnus also presented their respective thesis projects at Research Day.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled Quantification, attention and the P300 effect (with co-author and current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss and co-author and former lab member, Rae Gibson) at the 21st Anniversary Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Boston, Massachusetts.
Veena Dwivedi delivered an invited lecture for the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The presentation was entitled Ecological rationality of heuristics in sentence processing.
As part of the Department of Applied Linguistics Speaker Series, Dr. James A. Walker, from the Department of Linguistics at York University, presented his talk, Ethnolects, identity and phonetic variation in Toronto English.
Veena Dwivedi delivered an invited lecture for the Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Lecture Series at York University in Toronto, entitled Efficiency in language processing.
As a part of the Department of Applied Linguistics Speaker Series, Dr. Ted Gibson, from the from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT), presented his talk, Language for communication: Language as rational inference.
As part of the Department of Applied Linguistics Speaker Series, Dr. Todd Ferretti, from the Department of Psychology and Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Wilfrid Laurier University, presented his talk, The influence of temporal information associated with verbs on understanding, imagining and remembering.
Congratulations to a member of the Brain and Language Lab, Kaitlin Curtiss, who graduated in June with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience (Psychology Stream).
Brain and Language Lab member Kaitlin Curtiss participated in the Department of Applied Linguistics Research Day event, where she presented her poster (see above) to faculty and students in the Brock community. See picture with Neuroscience professor Dr Joffre Mercier(also Associate VP for Math and Science).
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled The computation of meaning via event knowledge and number (with co-author and current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss) at the 20th Anniversary Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, USA.
Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled “Evidence of competition for resources in number interpretation” (co-authors were former lab member Rae Gibson now at Western pursuing MSc. in Neuroscience, and James Desjardins) at the 11th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics in Tenerife, Spain.
Veena Dwivedi delivered an invited lecture at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (centre includes Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics and Radboud University) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Her talk was entitled, Investigations in neurocognitive mechanisms underlying semantic ambiguity.
As part of the Department of Applied Linguistics Speaker Series, Dr. John Connolly, who is Senator William McMaster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language at McMaster University, presented his talk, Applied neurolinguistics: The nexus of speech processing, linguistics, and applied linguistics.
Congratulations to two members of the Brain and Language Lab, Lynsey Endicott and Rae Gibson, who graduated in June.
Kaitlin Curtiss gave her first national conference presentatation at Wilfried Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario at the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
She presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Associationentitled Interpreting quantifier scope ambiguity (co-authors were lab members Lynsey Endicott, Rae Gibson and Veena Dwivedi).
Veena Dwivedi gave a talk entitled Concepts before composition: semantic processing, earlier that day at the conference.
Veena Dwivedi was in New York City presenting at the 25th annual meeting of the CUNY Sentence Processing Conference.
The title of her poster was Quantifier scope ambiguity and the timing of algorithmic processing.
Later that month, at the the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Chicago, she presented a poster entitled Doubly quantified sentences: Shallow vs. deep processing (co-authors were lab member Rae Gibson and lab alumna, Leanne Angus).
Veena Dwivedi gave a talk entitled Semantic ambiguity in language processing (co-authors are Leanne Angus, now a SUNY-Buffalo graduate and is now practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, Raechelle Gibson, now a Ph.D. candidate at Western University and Chi Ho Alex Cheung), on May 29, 2011 at the Canadian Linguistic Association which held its 2011 conference as part of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
Veena Dwivedi gave an invited lecture entitled Shallow processing of scope for the Cognitive Science of Language Lecture Series at McMaster University on Jan. 26, 2011.
The Brock Brain and Language Lab obtained a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation!
St. Catharines Standard
St Catharines Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra paid a visit to campus to announce federal funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation for Dr. Dwivedi’s lab equipment.