Mona Anchan represented the ELDEN lab at the 26th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) in San Francisco, CA, March 23-26. Mona presented some of her recent work in a poster titled, "Does it Add Up? Comparing Arithmetic Processing in Bilinguals and Monolinguals" (see below). Mona is the first ELDEN student to attend the CNS meeting. You can learn more about Mona's research on bilingualism here.
First year doctoral students in the educational neuroscience concentration started a graduate student organization called AGSES. The purpose the Association of Graduate Students in Educational Studies (AGSES) is to represent the broad interests of doctoral students in the Department of Educational Studies. Dr. Firat Soylu will be the group's faculty advisor. You can learn more about AGSES here.
Dr. Firat Soylu received a University of Alabama Level 1 RGC grant, titled "Mathematical Processing Differences between Bilinguals and Monolinguals." Here is the abstract for his study:
With more than 25% of school students coming from immigrant households where the primary language spoken at home is not English, bilingual populations underperform in mathematics classrooms, where language of instruction in the classroom differs from their native language. In addition to sociocultural factors, this is partially due to bilinguals processing math knowledge differently compared to monolinguals. Differences between doing arithmetic in one’s native language and a second language have not been scrutinized extensively. To fill this gap, both behavioral and neural (Electroencephalography) measures will be used to examine how a group of adult bilinguals (Turkish/English) process simple and complex addition problems in their first (Turkish) and second (English) languages, and how arithmetic processing in bilinguals compare to English-speaking monolinguals. This study will be the first-step towards a research program that investigates bilingual math processing both in developmental and adult populations and will inform the needs of ESL (English as a Second Language) students in math classrooms.
We are excited to announce that the University of Alabama College of Education will soon start offering a B.Sc. Major in Educational Neuroscience. The undergraduate program in educational neuroscience was approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on September 15th and by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees on September 21st. The program will be the first of its kind in the world and will start enrolling students in the Fall 2020 semester.
The UA Educational Neuroscience Initiative is hiring two tenure-track faculty to start in Fall 2019. Please see https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/43888 for the full description and application details.
Congrats to Dr. Laura Morett for being awarded two research grants to support her research on gesture processing in the NERD Lab!
Two of our students were recognized for their work in the 2018 UA ESPRMC Graduate Research Symposium:
Brian Rivera, second year PhD student in the Ed Psych / Ed Neuro program & the ELDEN Lab, won the Outstanding Paper Presentation Award, for his paper, titled "ERP Mass Univariate Analysis of Fraction Magnitude Comparison."
Nan Mu, second year PhD student in the Ed Psych / Ed Neuro program & the ECS Lab, received an Honorable Mention for her poster presentation, titled "Examining Neural Activation During Music Perception and Imagination Using EEG Signals."
Congrats to Brian and Nan!