Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2019
Home Department: Education
Faculty Advisors: Bruce McCandliss (Education) and Anthony Norcia (Psychology)

Research Title: Imaging the Emergence of Letter-Sound Cortical Associations in Children within Schools

Research Description: Learning to read requires a reorganization of cortical networks to create pathways linking visual and language circuits. This process is critical for students’ educational trajectories, but rarely studied within actual school contexts. Lindsey has proposed a school-based research project using short training studies to measure changing cortical responses to audiovisual (AV) integration, a process known to reflect children’s reading ability. Using school-based electroencephalography (EEG), Lindsey will measure evoked responses specific to the integration of letters and speech sounds. This will demonstrate how dynamic AV integration links to literacy gains with a future goal of informing how we help children learn to read.