Fumiko Hoeft Gave TEDx Talk at University of Connecticut
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Fumiko Hoeft Gave TEDx Talk at University of Connecticut

Her talk, entitled, “From Fear of Public Speaking to a TEDx Speaker, What I have in Common with You and Dyslexia,” defined what our individual comfort zones may be and discussed how she was able to overcome her fear of public speaking.

Read more on her talk here: https://dailycampus.com/stories/2010/10/7/tedxuconn-crushes-the-comfort-zone?rq=hoeft

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Current lab members and alumni, Stephanie Haft, Jocelyn Caballero, Leo Zekelman, Fumiko Hoeft, and collaborators get new article published in Learning and Individual Differences
Sep
25
11:30 AM11:30

Current lab members and alumni, Stephanie Haft, Jocelyn Caballero, Leo Zekelman, Fumiko Hoeft, and collaborators get new article published in Learning and Individual Differences

Accepted in: Learning and Individual Differences


Direct and Indirect Contributions of Executive Function to Word Decoding and Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten


Stephanie L. Haft1,2, Jocelyn N. Caballero1, Hiroko Tanaka Ph.D3., Leo Zekelman4, Laurie E. Cutting Ph.D.5-7, Yuuko Uchikoshi Ed.D.8, Fumiko Hoeft M.D. Ph.D.1,7,9-10


Extant research is increasingly recognizing the contribution of executive function (EF) to reading comprehension alongside established predictors like word decoding and oral language. The nature of the association between EF and reading comprehension is commonly investigated in older children and in those with reading impairments. However, less is known about this relationship in emerging readers in kindergarten, where word decoding and reading comprehension are highly intertwined. Moreover, a better understanding of the mechanisms by which EF influences reading comprehension is needed. The present study investigated direct contributions of EF to reading comprehension, as well as indirect contributions via word decoding in 97 kindergarteners. Results indicated that there was a significant indirect effect of EF on reading comprehension, with word decoding mediating this association. The direct contribution of EF to reading comprehension was not significant. Implications for reading instruction and intervention for early readers are discussed.



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Jocelyn Caballero Receives Travel Award and Presents at the 2019 Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference in Finland
Aug
22
10:00 PM22:00

Jocelyn Caballero Receives Travel Award and Presents at the 2019 Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference in Finland

Jocelyn Caballero receives the competitive travel award to attend and present at the 2019 Society for the Neurobiology of Language conference in Helsinki, Finland. While there, she presented her first-author poster entitled, “Arcuate Fasciculus Microstructure Correlates with Cross-Linguistic Measures of Multilingual Language Experience and L1 Skills”. She authored and presented this paper with Nikola Vukovic, Olga Kepinska, and Fumiko Hoeft.

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Priscilla Duong is now officially a Ph.D.
Aug
8
5:00 PM17:00

Priscilla Duong is now officially a Ph.D.

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!

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Congratulations to Stephanie Haft, Olga Kepinska, Jocelyn Caballero on the newly accepted paper in Behavioral Sciences!
May
21
3:00 PM15:00

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! 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6562579/

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.

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Dr. Airey Lau receives prestigious Columbia University awards
May
1
1:30 PM13:30

Dr. Airey Lau receives prestigious Columbia University awards

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

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The University of California/Stanford Precision Learning Center hosts a One-Day Virtual Symposium across UC campuses
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

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.”

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Professor Maggie Snowling Visits UCSF and Gives Talk on Language Impairment and Dyslexia
Apr
4
2:00 PM14:00

Professor Maggie Snowling Visits UCSF and Gives Talk on Language Impairment and Dyslexia

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.

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Dr. Fumiko Hoeft named co-director of the new Implementing Global Neuroscience Initiatives in Training and Education (IGNITE) Center
Mar
26
2:00 PM14:00

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.

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Dr. Fumiko Hoeft and UCSF Dyslexia Center identified as first grantee for the new Andre Agassi Early Childhood Neuroscience Foundation Readvolution Initiative
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

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.

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PrecL Team Attends and Presents at SPEDDR Conference
Jan
19
to Jan 21

PrecL Team Attends and Presents at SPEDDR Conference

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.

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Stephanie Haft visits Eye to Eye's Organizing Institute at Brown University
Aug
9
2:00 PM14:00

Stephanie Haft visits Eye to Eye's Organizing Institute at Brown University

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.

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One Day Symposium on Multilingualism organized by LENS and Collaborators
Mar
29
2:00 PM14:00

One Day Symposium on Multilingualism organized by LENS and Collaborators

  • UCSF Mission Bay San Francisco, CA (map)
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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.

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