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.
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.