Eiling Yee

Degree: Ph.D., 2005, Brown University
Webpages: Lab website
Research Interests: Semantic memory and the neural representation of concepts. Spoken word recognition and language processing. The neural basis of language.
Research Synopsis: The goal of much of the research in my lab is to understand how meaning is represented (how do you know what a lemon, or joy is?)—particularly the cognitive and neural representations of concepts. An area of particular interest is the relationship between context (e.g., perceptual information and experiences) and language and/or conceptual processing. I also have interests in spoken word recognition and language processing more broadly.
Students in Research: Prof. Yee will consider highly qualified new students to enter the graduate program in the Fall 2018 semester.


She is taking inquiries from current UConn undergraduate students who wish to participate in her research program. See the Yee Lab website for more info.

Representative Publications:
  1. Yee, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2016)Putting concepts into context. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 23, 1015-1027,


  1. Yee, E., Chrysikou, E., Hoffman, E., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2013). Manual Experience Shapes Object Representation. Psychological Science24 (6), 909-919.


  1. Yee, E., Ahmed, S., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2012). Colorless green ideas (can) prime furiously. Psychological Science23(4), 364-369.


  1. Yee, E., Huffstetler, S., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2011). Function follows form: Activation of shape and function features during object identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General140 (3), 348-363. doi: 10.1037/a0022840


  1. Yee, E., Drucker, D.M., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2010). fMRI-adaptation evidence of overlapping neural representations for objects related in function or manipulation. NeuroImage50, 753-763.


  1. Yee, E., Blumstein, S.E., & Sedivy, J.C. (2008). Lexical-semantic activation in Broca’s and Wernicke’s aphasia: Evidence from eye movements. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience20, 592-612.


  1. Yee, E., & Sedivy, J. (2006). Eye movements to pictures reveal transient semantic activation during spoken word recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition32 (1), 1-14.