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Tamara Y. Swaab

  Tamara Y. Swaab

Principle Investigator, Professor
Ph.D.
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Curriculum Vitæ...

Tamara Y. Swaab, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist and a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. Her research program aims to understand the cognitive and neural architectures of language comprehension in normal and language impaired populations.

Dr. Swaab's lab uses multiple methods, including EEG, ERPs, fMRI and eyetracking, to study both the temporal and spatial dimensions of language and cognition in the brain. Her research program is funded by grants from NSF and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Together with her students, postdocs and collaborators she has published her research in in a wide range of prominent journals in the field.

Publications can be requested via ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tamara_Swaab/?ev=hdr_xprf

Citation information can be found on Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NPpBg-IAAAAJ&hl=en

Dr. Swaab was trained with Drs. Peter Hagoort, Colin Brown and Pim Levelt at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, and earned her PhD degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in 1996 from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She then came to the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis and completed her McDonnell-Pew postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Robert Knight in 1998.

At UC Davis, she is a member of the language sciences faculty, and collaborates on projects that include studies of sentence processing, discourse processing, individual differences in language comprehension, the interface between language and memory and language deficits in schizophrenia with, among others, Drs. Megan Boudewyn, Cameron Carter, Debra Long, Matthew Traxler and Andy Yonelinas.

 

Megan Boudewyn

  Megan Boudewyn

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Ph.D.
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Curriculum Vitæ...

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab and the Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Program at the University of California, Davis. My research is aimed at better understanding: (1) how the brain handles discourse comprehension, particularly the integration of multiple sources of meaning in context, (2) the relation between individual differences in cognitive abilities (such as working memory and cognitive control) and language comprehension ability, and (3) deficits in language comprehension and cognitive control in schizophrenia.

 

  Adam Blalock

Graduate Student
B.S.
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I am currently interested in researching how our experiences with the world influence how we process language. Specifically, can information we store in episodic memory be selectively recalled by the brain to understand the meaning of stories? Additionally, I would like to explore the possible relationship between semantic and episodic memory and the circumstances in which new semantic information is acquired by the brain episodically. I am also interested in applying my findings to help patients who suffer from deficits in memory and language, such as patients with Schizophrenia.

 

  Kathryn Bousquet

Graduate Student
B.A.
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I am a graduate student interested in language processing and memory. In particular, I study the role of the medial temporal lobes in supporting language comprehension. To do this, my research involves both normal control subjects and patient populations, specifically patients with hippocampal amnesia.

 

  Trevor Brothers

Graduate Student
B.S.
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I am interested in the role of prediction in language comprehension. I work with Professor Traxler and Professor Swaab using ERPs and eye tracking measures in my research.

 

  Shruti Dave

Graduate Student
B.S.
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Website: http://humandevelopment.ucdavis.edu/people/students/shruti_dave.php

In my research with Professor Swaab, I investigate how aging influences prediction in discourse comprehension.

 

  Liv Hoversten

Graduate Student
B.S.
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I investigate the mechanisms of competition between languages during bilingual comprehension. I work with Professor Traxler and Professor Swaab using eye tracking and ERPs.