Yanina Prystauka

Program: Language and Cognition
Advisor: Gerry Altmann
Anticipated Graduation (Year Only): 2020
Education (Previous Degrees): 2015 MSc Cognitive Science (University of Trento, Italy)

2012 BA Linguistics and Translation (Belarusian State University, Belarus)

Research Interests: Neural correlates of sentence processing, event representation, bilingualism
Research Synopsis: Broadly speaking, I am interested in the neurobiology of sentence processing. My current work is focused on understanding how the representations of entities introduced into the discourse are retrieved from memory and maintained as language describing them unfolds. To be more specific, I am interested in how our comprehension system maintains the representations of objects involved in state change events, and later selects the contextually relevant state representation, as in for example The chef will chop the onion, and then/but first, she will weigh the onion. I am using the analysis of brain oscillations to gain insight into the temporal dynamics of this processing. Additionally, I also seek to understand the role pVLPFC (the brain region implicated in conflict resolution) plays in the selection of the intended representation. On a somewhat different note, I also have on-going collaborative projects on the morpho-syntactic aspect of sentence processing in native and second language speakers.
Publications and Presentations: Rossi, E., Prystauka, Y., & Diaz, M. 2019 (in press) Investigating L1 attrition and language change: neuroimaging perspectives. In Koepke, B. & Kijzer, M. (Eds). Handbook of Language Attrition: Psycho- and neurolinguistic perspectives. Oxford University Press.

Prystauka, Y., Ekves, Z. & Altmann, G. T. M. (2018, March). Comprehending events on the fly: Inhibition and selection during sentence processing. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Prystauka, Y., Ekves, Z. & Altmann, G. T. M. (2018, March). Comprehending events on the fly: Inhibition and selection during sentence processing. Talk presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Davis, CA.

Prystauka, Y., Ekves, Z. & Altmann, G. T. M. (2017, November). Comprehending events on the fly: Inhibition and selection during sentence processing. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Prystauka, Y., Ekves, Z. & Altmann, G. T. M. (2017, October). Comprehending events on the fly: Inhibition and selection during sentence processing. Poster presented at the Workshop on Event Representations in Brain, Language, and Development, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Krass, K., Prystauka, Y., & Rossi, E. (2016, August) Neural underpinnings of grammatical processing for less proficient L2 learners. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, London, UK.

Prystauka, Y., & Rossi, E. (2016, March) Oscillatory Dynamics of Morpho-Syntactic Processing in native and L2 speakers. Poster presented at the 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Gainesville FL.