She was a clinical psych grad student at Palo Alto University. For many years led and trained our neuropsych practica students, worked on a number of projects including the NIH R01 bilingual project. Over the past year she has been an intern in Pediatric Psychology/Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute/ Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - impressive! She defended July 8, 2019 and her title was "Higher-Level Reading Processes in Children with Dyslexia: A Functional Imaging Study of Sentence Comprehension". She just started her postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Medical College of Wisconsin/ Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (90% clinical; 10% research) - another highly competitive site! She has been with us probably longest of all currently in the lab - we will miss her terribly, but are all so excited for her many accomplishments!
Congratulations to Stephanie Haft, Olga Kepinska, Jocelyn Caballero on the newly accepted paper in Behavioral Sciences!
Congratulations to Stephanie Haft, Olga Kepinska, Jocelyn Caballero, Manuel Carreiras, and Fumiko Hoeft on the newly accepted paper in Behavioral Sciences!
Attentional Fluctuations, Cognitive Flexibility, and Bilingualism in Kindergarteners.
Abstract: The idea of a bilingual advantage in aspects of cognitive control – including cognitive flexibility, inhibition, working memory, and attention – is disputed. Using a sample of kindergarten children, the present study investigated associations between bilingualism and cognitive flexibility – a relationship that has shown mixed findings in prior literature. We also extend prior work by exploring relationships between bilingualism and attentional fluctuations, which represent consistency in attentional control and contribute to cognitive performance. To our knowledge, no previous study has explored this association. Theoretically, attentional fluctuations might mediate or moderate the relationship between bilingualism and cognitive flexibility. However, given evidence of null findings from extant literature when confounding variables are adequately controlled and tasks are standardized, we did not expect to find a bilingual advantage in either cognitive flexibility or attentional fluctuations. Our results supported this hypothesis when considering bilingualism both continuously and categorically. The importance of expanding upon mechanistic accounts connecting bilingualism to cognitive improvements is discussed.
Congratulations to BrainLENS & NIDL postdoc Dr. Airey Lau on receiving the following prestigious awards from Columbia University for her dissertation research:
Provost’s Doctoral Dissertation Grant in recognition for the most outstanding dissertations in the field of inquiry
Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship in recognition for dissertation research that has the strongest potential to inform societal efforts to improve education opportunity, achievement, or equity
Dean’s Grant for Student Research in recognition for exceptional research that has important education implications for the field
The University of California/Stanford Precision Learning Center hosts a One-Day Virtual Symposium across UC campuses
The symposium included talks about dyslexia, early intervention, language, and cognition by experts across fields at UC Irvine, University of Conneticticut, UC Merced, UCLA, UCSF, and UC Davis. Our distinguished presenters were Dr. Carol Connor (UCI), Dr. Roeland Hancock (UConn), Dr. Jeff Gilger (UCM), Dr. Jennie Grammar (UCLA), Dr. Fumiko Hoeft (UCSF), Dr Jamal Abedi (UCD), and Dr. Melina Uncapher (UCSF). Topics ranged from “Dynamic Nonverbal Thinking in People with Dyslexia” to “Using Assessments and Technology to Personalize Instruction.”
We are delighted that Professor Margaret Snowling visited UCSF and gave a talk on 4/4/2018. The talk presented findings from a longitudinal study of children at high-risk of dyslexia either because of preschool speech and language difficulties or because of a first degree affected relative, followed from age three to eight years will follow. Evidence suggests that there are shared risk factors between familial dyslexia and language impairment but the developmental picture is more complex. It will be argued, in line with the critical age hypothesis, that children who enter school with a persistent speech or language impairment are most at risk of reading problems.
See full recording of talk here.
Dr. Fumiko Hoeft named co-director of the new Implementing Global Neuroscience Initiatives in Training and Education (IGNITE) Center
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Fumiko Hoeft will be co-director for the new Implementing Global Neuroscience Initiatives in Training and Education (IGNITE) Center of Haskins Laboratories, a Yale and University of Connecticut-affiliated research institute. IGNITE intends to expand research for improving language and literacy outcomes for children at risk for reading difficulties.
See full article here.
Dr. Fumiko Hoeft and UCSF Dyslexia Center identified as first grantee for the new Andre Agassi Early Childhood Neuroscience Foundation Readvolution Initiative
The Andre Agassi Early Childhood Neuroscience Foundation recently announced Readvolution. Readvolution is a new dyslexia assessment initiative with a goal of providing each child access to high-quality education. The effort will leverage the UCSF Dyslexia Center and Dr. Fumiko Hoeft’s expertise in producing the first scientifically validated technology for scalable universal screening of dyslexia for free.
See full press release here.
The PrecL team attended SPEDDR conference and presented a poster on preliminary App validation results. It is a conference that provides information on the topics related to special education, disabilities, and developmental risk across the University of California universities. SPEDDR conference also brings together faculty expertise to focus on the educational needs of children within the contexts of special education.
Stephanie Haft represented UCSF brainLENS at Eye to Eye National’s Young Leaders Organizing Institute. The Young Leaders Organizing Institute is a four-day celebration that helps Eye to Eye Chapter Leaders build leadership and empowerment skills through workshops, lectures, activities, and community fun. Stephanie spoke about UCSF’s partnership with Eye to Eye, funded by the Oak Foundation.
LENS director Dr. Fumiko Hoeft and LENS postdoc Dr. Roeland Hancock, along with Dr. Jason Zevin (USC) organized a one-day symposium on “Biological and Environmental Factors that Impact Multilingualism.” The symposium discussed endogeous and exogeneous sources of variability relevant to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural studies of language and literacy. An exciting array of keynotes took place at the conference, including talks on cognitive models, linguistic background, music and language, and environment.