Magic moments in word learning: Memory formation and consolidation across ages and language settings

Summary

This programme investigates the behavioural and neural magic moments in word learning that are related to memory encoding, consolidation, and generalization. We will address novel questions about word learning in children and adults (Project-1) and in adults in different language settings (Project-2). In Project-1, we examine how word learning changes, in brain and behaviour, with age. We will track how children and adults integrate newly-learned words into memory (Study-1.1) and how those new words compete during word recognition (Study-1.2). We will also study contexts of word learning in different modalities (Study-1.3) and at different depths (i.e., with/without meaning; Study-1.4). In Project-2, we ask whether prior language learning modulates how novel vocabulary is acquired. We will consider how newly-learned words compete for selection in bilinguals? first and second languages (Study-2.1, Study-2.2), and compare word learning in experienced and inexperienced foreign-language learners (Study-2.3). Study-2.4 will examine functional and neural aspects of generalization of learning.
This programme?s goal is to integrate cutting-edge neuroscience methods into behavioural word-learning paradigms that have already been used successfully to investigate word learning in adults. This research has the potential to advance understanding of neural processes of memory encoding and consolidation, to make important discoveries about language processing, and, critically, to foster development of an integrated account of word learning that reflects its neural, cognitive and linguistic components. This necessarily inter-disciplinary and international programme will provide insights into the neural and psychological processes of word learning ? insights that should also help educators optimize the way words are taught.

Output

Thesis

  • Beoogd: proefschrift

Scientific article

  • A. Takashima, I Bakker, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2014): Richness of information about novel words determines how episodic and semantic memory networks interact during lexicalization. NeuroImage pp. 265 - 278
  • I Bakker, A Takashima, J.G. van Hell, Janzen G, J. M. McQueen(2014): Competition from unseen or unheard novel words: Lexical consolidation across modalities. Journal of Memory and Language pp. 116 - 130
  • I. Bakker, A. Takashima, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2015): Changes in theta and beta oscillations as signatures of novel word consolidation Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience pp. xx - xx

Publications for the general public

  • A Takashima, I Bakker, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Consolidation of novel word memories.
  • I Bakker, A Takashima, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Cross-modal effects on novel word consolidation.
  • A Takashima, I Bakker, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Consolidation of novel word memories.
  • I Bakker, A Takashima, J. G. van Hell, G Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Novel word consolidation across modalities, and: what can linguists learn from rats?
  • I Bakker, A Takashima, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Cross-modal effects on novel word consolidation.
  • A Takashima, I Bakker, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Consolidation of novel word memories.
  • I Bakker, A Takashima, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Cross-modal effects on novel word consolidation.
  • A Takashima, I Bakker, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Richness of information about novel words determines how episodic and semantic memory networks interact during lexicalization.
  • A Takashima, I Bakker, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Neural networks involved in retrieval of newly learned words and effect of overnight consolidation: an fMRI study
  • I Bakker, A Takashima, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Cross-modal effects on novel word consolidation.
  • A Takashima, I Bakker, J. G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2012): Consolidation of novel word memories.
  • A. Takashima, I. Bakker, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2013): Neural correlates of newly learned word retrieval: Does the presence of pictures at encoding make a difference?
  • I Bakker, A. Takashima, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2013): Theta and beta oscillations as signatures of novel word consolidation.
  • I Bakker, A. Takashima, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2013): Electrophysiological signatures of novel word learning. Workshop ?Magic Moments in Word Learning.
  • I Bakker, A. Takashima, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2013): Electrophysiological and behavioural signatures of novel meaning integration.
  • A. Takashima, I. Bakker, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2013): Consolidation of newly learned words: Does the presence of pictures at encoding make a difference?
  • J. M. McQueen, I. Bakker, A. Takashima, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen(2013): Changes in the representation of newly-learned words: Behavioural and imaging data.
  • A. Takashima, I Bakker, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2013): Richness of information about novel words determines how episodic and semantic memory networks interact during lexicalization
  • A. Takashima, I. Bakker, J.G. van Hell, J. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2013): fMRI study on new word learning in young adults.
  • A. Takashima, I Bakker, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2013): Consolidation of newly learned words: Does the presence of pictures at encoding make a difference?
  • I Bakker, A. Takashima, J.G. van Hell, G. Janzen, J. M. McQueen(2014): Magic moments in word learning.
  • I Bakker, A. Takashima, G. Janzen, J.G. van Hell, J. M. McQueen(2014): Beta and theta oscillations as signatures of novel word consolidation.

Details

Project number

433-09-239

Main applicant

Prof. dr. A.G. van Hell

Affiliated with

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Sociologisch Instituut, Department of Special Education

Team members

Drs. I. Bakker, Dr. A. Takashima

Duration

01/05/2011 to 27/10/2016