Emily Myers

Degree: Ph.D. Cognitive Science, 2005, Brown University
Webpages: Myers’ Lab
Research Interests: Speech perception, cognitive neuroscience of speech and language, aphasia, second language acquisition
Research Synopsis: Research in the Language and Brain Lab (Emily Myers, PI) focuses on a fundamental question in human behavior: how do we perceive the speech signal in order to map it to meaning?  Through the use of neuroimaging methods (fMRI, ERP) together with standard psycholinguistic measures, we hope to understand both the neural and behavioral mechanisms that underlie this process. We work with unimpaired and language-disordered populations (aphasia, dyslexia) to inform functional models of speech and language processing, and to understand how language processing breaks down.
Courses: Foundations in Cognitive Science (COGS 2201)

Introduction to Phonetic Principles (SLHS 3247)


Advanced Speech Science II: Speech Perception (SLHS 5362)


Topics in Speech and Hearing Science: Grant Writing and Professional Development for Speech and Hearing Sciences (SLHS 6367)


Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Across the Lifespan (PSYCH 5470)


Recent publications: (Selected. *Indicates a graduate student working under my supervision. Full publication list on Google Scholar. )

Myers, E.B. (2017). From speech to meaning. Physics Today

Myers, E.B., *Johns, A.R., *Earle, F.S., and *Xie, X. (2017). The Invariance Problem in the Acquisition of Non-Native Phonetic Contrasts: From Instances to Categories. In Lahiri, A. (Ed.) The Speech Processing Lexicon: Neurocognitive and Behavioural Approaches (52-84). Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton.

Myers, E.B., and Theodore, R. (2017). Voice-sensitive brain networks encode talker-specific phonetic detail. Brain and Language, 165:33-44.

*Xie, X., Theodore, R., and Myers, E.B. (2017). More than a boundary shift: perceptual adaptation to foreign-accented speech reshapes the internal structure of phonetic categories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(1): 206-217.

*Earle, F.S., Landi, N., and Myers, E.B. (2017). Sleep duration predicts behavioral and neural differences in adult speech sound learning. Neuroscience Letters, 636:77-82. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2016.10.044.

Representative Publications: Myers, E. B., & Mesite, L. M. (2014). Neural systems underlying perceptual adjustment to non-standard speech tokens. Journal of Memory and Language,76, 80-93.


Myers, E.B., and **Swan, K.S. (2012). Effects of category learning on neural sensitivity to non-native phonetic categories. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(8), 1695-708.


Myers, E. B., Blumstein, S.E. Walsh, E, and Eliassen, J. (2009). Inferior frontal regions underlie the perception of phonetic category invariance. Psychological Science, 20(7), 895-903.


Myers, E.B and Blumstein, S.E (2008). The neural bases of the lexical effect: An fMRI investigation. Cerebral Cortex 18(2): 278-88.

Other: Research Funding : 2014—2019: NIH NIDCD R01 DC013064 “The Role of Frontal and Temporal Brain Areas in the Perception of Phonetic Category Structure” (Role: PI)

2016-2021 NSF CAREER award: “CAREER: Optimizing Non-Native Speech Sound Learning” (Role: PI)