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Dr Eiling Yee

BA UR, PhD BU.

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : eiling.yee@gmail.com
Homepage : https://sites.google.com/site/eilingyee/

External Address

Department of Psychology
University of Connecticut, USA

Profile

My research interests include:

• Semantic memory and the neural representation of concepts
• Spoken word recognition and language processing
• The neural basis of language

I study the organisation of semantic memory, with a focus on how context (broadly defined as short-term task goals as well as long-term experience) influences conceptual activation. I use a multi-pronged approach to investigate these issues, using eye tracking and imaging methodologies, in normal and impaired populations.

Recent External Appointments

  • Editorial Board, Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences. (2015 continuing)
  • Editorial Board, Cognition. (2011 - 2014)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Spanish Ministry of Economy & Competitiveness, Plan Nacional (2013 - 2015) "Concepts in contexts." (€65,000) Yee, E. ($82,640)
  • Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation, Ramon y Cajal Award (2011 - 2016) "How are concepts represented? Cognitive and neural investigations of typical and atypical populations." (€183,600) Yee, E. ($240,500)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Yee, E., Chrysikou, E.G., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2013). Semantic memory. In K. Ochsner & S. Kosslyn (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience (pp. 353-374). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

Periodicals

  • White, K.S., Yee, E., Blumstein, S., & Morgan, J. (2013). Adults show less sensitivity to phonetic detail in unfamiliar words, too. Journal of Memory and Language, 68(4), 362-378. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2013.01.003
  • Yee, E., Chrysikou, E.G., Hoffman, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2013). Manual experience shapes object representations. Psychological Science, 24(6), 909-919. doi:10.1177/0956797612464658
  • Yee, E., Ahmed, S.Z., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2012). Colorless green ideas (can) prime furiously. Psychological Science, 23(4), 364-369. doi:10.1177/0956797611430691
  • Mirman, D., Yee, E., Blumstein, S.E., & Magnuson, J.S. (2011). Theories of spoken word recognition deficits in aphasia: Evidence from eye-tracking and computational modeling. Brain and Language, 117(2), 53-68. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2011.01.004
  • Yee, E., Huffstetler, S., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2011). Function follows form: Activation of shape and function features during object identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140(3), 348-363. doi:10.1037/a0022840
  • Myung, J., Blumstein, S., Yee, E., Sedivy, J.C., Thompson-Schill, S.L., & Buxbaum, L.J. (2010). Impaired access to manipulation features in apraxia: Evidence from eyetracking and semantic judgment tasks. Brain and Language, 112(2), 101-112. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.200910.1016/j.bandl.2009.12.003
  • Yee, E., Drucker, D.M., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2010). fMRI-adaptation evidence of overlapping neural representations for objects related in function or manipulation. NeuroImage, 50(2), 753-763. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Yee, E. (2015, June). What the eyes reveal about the cognitive and neural representations of object concepts. Keynote paper presented at the CLaS-CCD Eye Tracking Workshop: Language, Vision, Perception and their Interface, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Boddy, P., & Yee, E. (2015, May). Experience related interference to object semantics from visual task. Poster session presented at the Workshop on Concepts, Actions and Objects, Rovereto, Italy.
  • Ekves, Z., Joergensen, G.H., Yee, E., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2015, April). Semantic and episodic memory integration during sentence processing. Poster session presented at the 6th UConn Language Fest, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA.
  • Orvis, P., Ryan, J., Seng, K., Welles, R., & Yee, E. (2015, April). Body posture and semantic processing. Poster session presented at the 6th UConn Language Fest, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA.
  • Yee, E. (2015, February). The cognitive and neural representations of object concepts. Invited colloquium at the Cognitive Science Speaker Series, Stony Brook University, New York, USA.
  • Yee, E. (2015, January). Concepts in contexts. Invited colloquium at the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language, San Sebastián, Spain.
  • Yee, E. (2015, January). Concepts in contexts. Invited colloquium at the Cognitive Science Colloquium Series, University of Connecticut, Mansfield, USA.
  • Yee, E. (2014, December). The cognitive and neural representations of object concepts. Invited colloquium at the Haskins Laboratories, Yale University, New Haven, USA.
  • Pejovic, J., Molnar, M., Martin, C., & Yee, E. (2014, August). Shape-sound matching abilities are limited in young monolingual and bilingual infants. Poster session presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Yee, E. (2014, August). The neural representation of lexical concepts. Invited presentation given at the Speech and Lexical Processing Workshop, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • Molnar, M., Pejovic, J., Yee, E., & Carreiras, M. (2014, July). Are all bilingual infants created equal? Cognitive gains in preverbal Basque-Spanish bilingual and Spanish monolingual infants. Poster session presented at the XIX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.
  • Pejovic, J., Molnar, M., Martin, C., & Yee, E. (2014, July). The development of sound-shape correspondence effect in infants. Poster session presented at the 2nd Basque Neuroscience Meeting (Neurogune), San Sebastián, Spain.
  • Antzaka, A., & Yee, E. (2014, June). How does recent attention to colour modify colour's salience as a semantic feature? Poster session presented at the Workshop on Color in Concepts: Representation and Processing of Color in Language and Cognition, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • Boddy, P., & Yee, E. (2014, January). What the ear hears affects what the eye sees: Semantic interference on visual task performance. Poster session presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, USA.
  • Yee, E., Heller, D., & Sedivy, J.C. (2012, November). Looking more when you know less: Goal-dependent eye movements during reference resolution. Poster session presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, USA.
  • Yee, E. (2012, September). Word meaning can be quite handy (and shapely!). Invited presentation given at the Workshop on 'Understanding the meaning of words and sentences: The role of non-linguistic processes", University of Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany.
  • Yee, E., & Altmann, G.T.M. (2012, September). Balancing long-term syntactic knowledge against short-term experience: The case of the missing adjective. Poster session presented at the 18th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Riva del Garda, Italy.
  • Yee, E., Musz, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2012, August). Mapping the similarity space of concepts in sensorimotor cortex. Presentation given at the Embodied and Situated Language Processing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
  • Yee, E. (2012, June). Word recognition: From sound to meaning. Invited colloquium at the University of Gottingen, Gottingen, Germany.
  • Musz, E., Yee, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2012, April). Mapping the similarity space of concepts in sensorimotor cortex. Poster session presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chicago, USA.
  • Yee, E. (2012, April). Experience influences object representations. Invited colloquium at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Unviersity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Yee, E. (2012, April). How are concepts represented? Neural and behavioral evidence for distributed representations. Invited colloquium at the Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.
  • Yee, E., Lupyan, G., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2011, November). Made you look: Linguistic information can cause (instruciton-violating) eye movements to irrelevant objects. Poster session presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, USA.
  • Yee, E., Chrysikou, E.G., Hoffman, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2011, October). Playing patty-cake interferes with comprehending the names of objects that are interacted with manually. Poster session presented at the 17th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), San Sebastián, Spain.
  • Yee, E. (2011, September). Roses are red. Jeans are Blue. Frisbees are round, and triangles can be too. Invited presentation given at the 17th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), San Sebastián, Spain.
  • Yee, E., Ahmed, S., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2011, September). Priming in context: Colorless green ideas can prime furiously. Poster session presented at the 17th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Paris, France.
  • Yee, E., Chrysikou, E.G., Hoffman, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2011, April). Performing a concurrent manual task makes it more difficult to classify the names of objects that are interacted with manually. Poster session presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, USA.
  • Yee, E. (2011, March). How are concepts represented? Converging evidence for distributed representations. Invited colloquium at the Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, USA.
  • Yee, E., Chrysikou, E.G., Hoffman, E., Levesque, A., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2011, March). Playing patty-cake while listening to words: A concurrent manual task interferes with comprehending the names of objects that are interacted with manually. Presentation given at the 24th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Stanford, USA.
  • Yee, E., Ahmed, S., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2010, November). Colorless green ideas (can) prime furiously. Poster session presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St Louis, USA.
  • Yee, E., Chrysikou, E.G., Navarro, C., Akbar, M., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2010, April). A concurrent manual task interferes with the naming of objects that are frequently manipulated. Poster session presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Quebec, Canada.

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