Presentations

*Maytorena, S. R., Diaz, M. E., Hernandez, L. A., Ku, L.C., & Lai, V. T. (2021). Emotional Words in Contexts and Health Aging: Introduction. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) student conference, virtual, March 19-20. *Honorable Mention

Diaz, M. E., Hernandez, L. A., Maytorena, S. R., Ku, L.C., & Lai, V. T. (2021). Emotional Words in Contexts and Health Aging: Behavioral experiment. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) student conference, virtual, March 19-20.

Hernandez, L. A., Diaz, M. E., Maytorena, S. R., Ku, L.C., & Lai, V. T. (2021). Emotional Words in Contexts and Health Aging: EEG experiment. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) student conference, virtual, March 19-20.

Katikhina, A. & Lai, V.T. (2021). Event Completion, Not Ongoingness, Is Language Dependent: Crosslinguistic Evidence from ERPs in English and Russian. Poster presented at the 34th Annual CUNY Conference of Human Sentence Processing, virtual, March 04-06.

*Pfeifer, V.A., Maytorena, S., & Lai, V.T. (2021). The Impact of Verbal Irony on Negativity over Time. Talk presented at the 29th Annual GPSC student showcase, virtual, February 26. *Best in Category

Katikhina, A. & Lai, V.T. (2020). Semantic or Morphosyntax? Verb Aspect Processing Depends on Obligatoriness of Morphological Encoding. Poster presented at the Twelfth annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, virtual, October 21-24.

Ku, L.-C., Allen, J.J.B. & Lai, V. T. (2020). Positivity bias in low-arousing language in healthy older adults. Poster presented at the Twelfth Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Virtual meeting, October 21-24.

Pfeifer, V.A., Armstrong. E. L., & Lai, V. T. (2020). An ERP Investigation of the Effects of Emoji Valence on Text Processing. Poster presented at the Twelfth annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, virtual, October 21-24.

Katikhina, A. & Lai, V. T. (2020).  Semantics or Morphosyntax? Verb Aspect Processing Depends on Obligatoriness of Morphological Encoding. Poster presented at the virtual 26th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference, Potsdam, Germany, September 3–5.

Sendek, K., Herzmann, G., Donahoo, S., Pfeifer, V., & Lai, V. T. (2020). The impact of acquisition context on the affective perception of swear words. Poster presented at the virtual 2020 Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, May 2-5.

Pfeifer, V.A., Armstrong, E. L., Fellous, J.-M. & Lai, V. T. (2020). Emojis and Text: An ERP study. Talk presented at the Cognitive Science Colloquium Student Showcase in Tucson, May 1st.

Donahoo, S. A., Pfeifer, V. A.,& Lai, V. T. (2020). Composing expressive information in context is damn tricky. Poster presented at the virtual 33rd Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, Amherst, March 19-21.

*Valenzuela, C., Garcia, A., Lopez, M., Maytorena, S., Pfeifer, V. A. & Lai, V. T. (2020). Neural Correlates of Visual Metaphor Processing: Introduction. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) student conference, Phoenix, March 3, 2020. *Best Poster Award, 2nd place.

*Garcia, A., Valenzuela, C., Lopez, M., Maytorena, S., Pfeifer, V. A. & Lai, V. T. (2020). Neural Correlates of Visual Metaphor Processing: Design & Materials. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) student conference, Phoenix, March 3, 2020. *Best Poster Award, 2nd place.

Lopez, M., Valenzuela, C., Garcia, A., Maytorena, S., Pfeifer, V. A. & Lai, V. T. (2020). Neural Correlates of Visual Metaphor Processing: Results. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) student conference, Phoenix, March 3, 2020.

Pfeifer, V.A., Armstrong. E. L., Fellous, J.-M., & Lai, V.T. (2019). The Effects of Emoji on Text Processing. Poster presented at the 2019 Annual ASU/UA Cognitive Science Conclave, Tucson, December 7.

Donahoo, S. A., Pfeifer,  V. A., & Lai, V. T. (2019). Concepts be damned! New insights from expressive adjectives. Poster presented at the 2019 Annual ASU/UA Cognitive Science Conclave, Tucson, December 7.

Lai, V. T., Mehl, M., Bulkes, N., Kumar, A., Ku, L. (2019). The expressive and regulatory roles of metaphor for emotion. Talk presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montreal, Canada, from November 14-17, 2019

Katikhina, A. & Lai, V. T. (2019). Event Conceptualization in English and Russian Monolinguals and Bilinguals. Poster presented (1) at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montreal, Canada, from November 14-17, 2019. (2) at the 2019 Annual ASU/UA Cognitive Science Conclave, Tucson, December 7.

Pfeifer, V. A. & Lai, V. T. (2019). Emotion Regulation through Irony: Evidence from Behavior and ERPs. Poster presented (1) at the 32nd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference in Boulder, March 29-3. (2) at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs 2019 Student Research Showcase in Tucson, December 3.

Ku, L.C. & Lai, V. T. (2019). Emotion language in healthy aging. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, March 23-26.

Lai, V. T., Bulkes, N., Troncoso, C., Morez T., Kumar, A. V., Armstrong, E. (2019). Changes in the neural representations of abstract science concepts after metaphoric reasoning. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, March 23-26.

Bulkes, N. & Lai, V. T. (2018). Beating around the evergreen bush: Conventionality violations elicit semantic P600. Poster presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Davis, March 15-16. 2.

Donahoo, S. & Lai, V. T. (2018). Brain potentials of expressive content: New evidence for semantic theory. Poster presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Davis, March 15-16. 3.

*Troncoso, C. & Lai, V. T. (2018). Learning with Figurative Language: Instruction, Assessment & Behavioral Data. Poster presented at the Thirteenth Annual Arizona WAESO (Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities) Student Research Conference, Phoenix, March 1. *Best Poster Award.

Morez, T. & Lai, V. T. (2018). Learning with Figurative Language: Data Analysis. Poster presented at the Thirteenth Annual Arizona WAESO (Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities) Student Research Conference, Phoenix, March 1.

Donahoo, S. & Lai, V. T. (2017). What the hell? What swearing can tell us about conventional implicature. Poster presented at the 7th biannual Experimental Pragmatics Conference, Cologne, June 21-23.