Elizabeth Shay

Graduate Student
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
University of Rochester

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Research/CV

I am interested in how the mind and brain deal with composition. More particularly, I am working on the how the brain does composition in language, numerical cognition, and motor execution. I am primarily working with Jessica Cantlon and Bradford Mahon.
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Presentations

Shay, E. A., Zinszer, B. D., & Raizada, R. D. S. (2017, September). Between-subjects neural decoding of phrase representations outperforms Word2Vec decoding. Poster to be given at the Cognitive Computational Neuroscience conference, New York, NY.

van Dam, W., Almor, A., Shinkareva, S., Kim, J., Boiteau, T., Shay, E., & Desai, R. (2017, June). Distinct neural mechanisms underlying conceptual knowledge of manner and instrument verbs. Poster given at the meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Vancouver, BC.

Shay, E. A., & Raizada, R. D. S. (2016, August). A Brain-Based Feature Model of Adjective-Noun Composition. Poster given at the meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, PA.

Shay, E. A., & Raizada, R. D. S. (2016, August). A Brain-Based Feature Model of Adjective-Noun Composition. Poster given at the meeting of the Emergent Meaning Workshop, Lehigh Valley, PA.

Shay, E. A., & Raizada, R. D. S. (2015, November). Using neurobiologically-motivated features to investigate the semantic composition of adjectives with nouns. Talk given at the meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Shay, E. A., & Raizada, R. D. S. (2015, October). Using neurobiologically-motivated features to investigate the semantic composition of adjectives with nouns. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Neurobiology of Language, Chicago, IL.

Shay, E. A., Almor, A., Van Dam, W., Boiteau, T., & Desai, R. (2013, August). Manner and instrument verb processing using fMRI. Talk given at the Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Final Presentations, Columbia, S.C. Slides posted here

Shay, E. A., Kan, P. F., & Colunga, E. (2013, April). One or two lexicons? Semantic networks in sequential bilingual preschoolers. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Shay, E. A., & Colunga, E. (2011, September). Noun and verb network connectivity in early and late talkers. Poster presented at the National Science Foundation CRA-W Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates grant review, Washington, D.C.

Shay, E. A., & Trent-Brown, S. (2011, March). Information recall from non-attended passages in dichotic listening. Talk given at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Ithaca, NY.

Shay, E. A., & Trent-Brown, S. (2010, October). Information recall from non-attended passages in dichotic listening. Poster presented at the University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Publications

van Dam, W., Almor, A., Shinkareva, S. V., Kim, J., Boiteau, T. W., Shay, E. A., & Desai, R. H. (submitted). Distinct neural mechanisms underlying conceptual knowledge of manner and instrument verbs.

Shay, E. A., Grimm, S., & Raizada R. D. S. (2016). Commentary on Kemmerer: The challenges and rewards of trying to combine linguistics and cognitive neuroscience. Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2016.1259483.

Shay, E. A., & Raizada, R. D. S. (manuscript in progress). Using neurobiologically-motivated features to investigate the semantic composition of adjectives with nouns.

Shay, E. A., & Marvin, E. W. (manuscript in progress). Comparisons of musical and linguistic rhythm within French, Italian, and American cultures.

Shay, E. A., Kan, P. F., & Colunga, E. (manuscript in progress). One or two lexicons? Semantic modeling of sequential bilingual preschoolers.

Almor, A., Van Dam, W., Shay, E. A., Boiteau, T., & Desai, R. (manuscript in progress). Manner and instrument verb processing using fMRI.
     For a presentation of this work at an earlier stage, see my presentation for University of South Carolina Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (SREBCS) here

Teaching

Lecturing

BCS205: Lab in Development & Learning
Co-teaching with Stephen Ferrigno Fall 2017

BCS111/PSYC111: Foundations in Cognitive Science
Summer 2017

Building the Language Machine: An Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Co-taught with Frank Mollica
Summer 2016 Rochester Scholars Pre-College Program
You can find some slides and files for this course on Frank Mollica's website

BCS111/PSYC111: Foundations in Cognitive Science
Co-taught with Alyssa Ibarra
Summer 2016

The Language Scientist: Linguistic, Psychologist, Computer Scientist
Co-taught with Frank Mollica
Summer 2015
Rochester Scholars Pre-College Program

Penn Emerging Scholars Program (PESP)
Spring 2014

Teaching Assistant

Neural Foundations of Behavior
Professor: Kevin Davis
Spring 2018

Music & the Mind
Professor: David Temperley
Fall 2016

Music & the Mind
Professor: Elizabeth West Marvin
Fall 2015

Contact Me

Email: eshay (at) bcs (dot) rochester (dot) edu
Office: RCBI 2B231

Department Address:
University of Rochester, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
358 Meliora Hall
Rochester, NY, 14627
Office Address:
Rochester Center for Brain Imaging
RCBI 2B231, 430 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14627