Braille Conference @ Rice

Dr. Fischer-Baum is co-organizing a symposium on braille literacy at Rice March 8-10, with Robert Englebretson from Linguistics and Cay Holbrook from University of British Columbia. The conference is funded by Scientia and includes an impressive array of international speakers. More information about the conference here and the conference was features in Rice news.

Two papers in Cognitive Neuropsychology special issue

Simon has two papers available online that will be part of an upcoming special issues of Cognitive Neuropsychology called Theoretical and Methodological Issues for Twenty-First Century Cognitive Neuropsychology. One, with Jared Medina of University of Delaware is on single subject approaches to patient studies in the age of big data. One, with Guilia Campana, formerly of the Neuroplasticity Lab, is on thinking about the consequences of neuroplasticity for the logic of cognitive neuropsychology.


Congrats to Sarah Irons a 2nd year graduate student in the Fischer-Baum Lab for winning a Psychonomic Society/Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Award for Junior Scientists.

This award is for women cognitive scientists from the level of graduate student, post-doc or assistant professor to allow them to become known in the professional community and to develop collaborative relationships with other professionals in the field. The fact that Sarah won it at such an early stage in her career is a testament to her promise as a cognitive scientist!

Cognitive Network Neuroscience

The Neuroplasticity Lab, in collaboration with Michael Deem‘s group from Rice Bioengineering, has recently published two papers linking individual differences brain network organization to cognitive abilities.

The first, Brain Modularity Mediates the Relation between Task Complexity and Performance, published in the September issue of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience with Qiuhai Yue as the first author, demonstrates that individuals with highly modular brains perform better a single cognitive tasks, like attentional cueing, while individuals with less modular brains perform better on complex cognitive tasks, like complex working memory spans.

The second, Static and Dynamic Measures of Human Brain Connectivity Predict Complementary Aspects of Human Cognitive Performance, just published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience with Aurora Ramos Nuñez as the first author, demonstrates a strong relationship between two measures of individual brain networks (flexibility and modularity), while furthermore that each measures makes a unique contributions to explaining task performance.

Trainee news

First, we are enormously excited for research scientist Aurora Ramos Nunez, who has moved on to her first faculty position at the College of Coastal Georgia. We will miss her enormously.

Congratulations to Hao Yan (a graduate student in Randi Martin’s Lab) for successfully defending his dissertation “Sentence processing in aphasic speakers with short-term memory deficits:Interactions between structural and lexical processing” – he will start a job at Facebook in September!

Congrats also go out to Qiuhai Yue (Martin Lab) for receiving a Dingwall Dissertation Fellowship in the Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Foundations of Language.

Finally, congrats to Colin Noe (Fischer-Baum Lab) for being admitted to the Rice Neuroengineering IGERT program.


Levels of representation in reading!

New paper from Fischer-Baum Lab available online at Cortex. Using representational similarity analysis, we mapped the transformation between different levels of representation during the course of single word reading. Thanks and congrats to the many undergraduate students who were involved in this project and have since graduated or left the lab (Emilio Tamez, Dorrie Bruggemann, Donald SP Li & Ivan Gallego)!