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Karen Emmorey

TitleAdjunct Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentPsychology
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0932
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Assessing the neural dynamics of reading in deaf adults
    NIH R01DC014246Feb 1, 2015 - Jan 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Neural Systems Underlying Sign Language Production
    NIH R01DC006708Jan 1, 2005 - Dec 31, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Bimodal Bilingualism
    NIH R01HD047736Sep 1, 2004 - Jul 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    THEORETICAL ISSUES IN SIGN LANGUAGE RESEARCH
    NIH R13DC001383Jan 1, 1992 - Dec 31, 1992
    Role: Principal Investigator
    UNIVERSAL CONSTRAINTS ON NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
    NIH F32NS008343Mar 15, 1988
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Language, Modality and the Brain
    NIH R01DC010997Jul 1, 1979 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Language, Modality and the Brain
    NIH R01HD013249Jul 1, 1979 - Oct 31, 2010
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Sehyr ZS, Giezen MR, Emmorey K. Comparing Semantic Fluency in American Sign Language and English. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2018 May 04. PMID: 29733368.
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    2. Blanco-Elorrieta E, Kastner I, Emmorey K, Pylkkänen L. Shared neural correlates for building phrases in signed and spoken language. Sci Rep. 2018 Apr 03; 8(1):5492. PMID: 29615785.
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    3. Meade G, Grainger J, Midgley KJ, Emmorey K, Holcomb PJ. From sublexical facilitation to lexical competition: ERP effects of masked neighbor priming. Brain Res. 2018 Apr 15; 1685:29-41. PMID: 29407530.
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    4. Emmorey K, Midgley KJ, Kohen CB, Sehyr ZS, Holcomb PJ. The N170 ERP component differs in laterality, distribution, and association with continuous reading measures for deaf and hearing readers. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Nov; 106:298-309. PMID: 28986268.
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    5. Dye MWG, Emmorey K. Special Section on Multimodal Multilingual Development of DHH Learners. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2017 Oct 01; 22(4):402-403. PMID: 28961873.
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    6. Liu L, Yan X, Liu J, Xia M, Lu C, Emmorey K, Chu M, Ding G. Graph theoretical analysis of functional network for comprehension of sign language. Brain Res. 2017 Sep 15; 1671:55-66. PMID: 28690129.
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    7. Li L, Abutalebi J, Emmorey K, Gong G, Yan X, Feng X, Zou L, Ding G. How bilingualism protects the brain from aging: Insights from bimodal bilinguals. Hum Brain Mapp. 2017 Aug; 38(8):4109-4124. PMID: 28513102.
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    8. Emmorey K, Giezen MR, Petrich JAF, Spurgeon E, O'Grady Farnady L. The relation between working memory and language comprehension in signers and speakers. Acta Psychol (Amst). 2017 Jun; 177:69-77. PMID: 28477456.
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    9. Mehravari AS, Emmorey K, Prat CS, Klarman L, Osterhout L. Brain-based individual difference measures of reading skill in deaf and hearing adults. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Jul 01; 101:153-168. PMID: 28479187.
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    10. Meade G, Midgley KJ, Sevcikova Sehyr Z, Holcomb PJ, Emmorey K. Implicit co-activation of American Sign Language in deaf readers: An ERP study. Brain Lang. 2017 07; 170:50-61. PMID: 28407510.
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    11. Caselli NK, Sehyr ZS, Cohen-Goldberg AM, Emmorey K. ASL-LEX: A lexical database of American Sign Language. Behav Res Methods. 2017 04; 49(2):784-801. PMID: 27193158.
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    12. Emmorey K. How to distinguish gesture from sign: New technology is not the answer. Behav Brain Sci. 2017 Jan; 40:e54. PMID: 29342516.
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    13. Li L, Emmorey K, Feng X, Lu C, Ding G. Functional Connectivity Reveals Which Language the "Control Regions" Control during Bilingual Production. Front Hum Neurosci. 2016; 10:616. PMID: 27965563.
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    14. Weisberg J, Hubbard AL, Emmorey K. Multimodal integration of spontaneously produced representational co-speech gestures: an fMRI study. Lang Cogn Neurosci. 2017; 32(2):158-174. PMID: 29130054.
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    15. Sehyr ZS, Petrich J, Emmorey K. Fingerspelled and Printed Words Are Recoded into a Speech-based Code in Short-term Memory. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2017 Jan; 22(1):72-87. PMID: 27789552.
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    16. Emmorey K, Mehta S, McCullough S, Grabowski TJ. The neural circuits recruited for the production of signs and fingerspelled words. Brain Lang. 2016 09; 160:30-41. PMID: 27459390.
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    17. Emmorey K, McCullough S, Weisberg J. The neural underpinnings of reading skill in deaf adults. Brain Lang. 2016 09; 160:11-20. PMID: 27448530.
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    18. Giezen MR, Emmorey K. Evidence for a bimodal bilingual disadvantage in letter fluency. Biling (Camb Engl). 2017 Jan; 20(1):42-48. PMID: 28785168.
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    19. Emmorey K. Consequences of the Now-or-Never bottleneck for signed versus spoken languages. Behav Brain Sci. 2016 Jan; 39:e70. PMID: 27562833.
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    20. Giezen MR, Emmorey K. Semantic Integration and Age of Acquisition Effects in Code-Blend Comprehension. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2016 Apr; 21(2):213-21. PMID: 26657077; PMCID: PMC4886315 [Available on 04/01/17].
    21. Hauser PC, Paludneviciene R, Riddle W, Kurz KB, Emmorey K, Contreras J. American Sign Language Comprehension Test: A Tool for Sign Language Researchers. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2016 Jan; 21(1):64-9. PMID: 26590608.
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    22. Emmorey K, Giezen MR, Gollan TH. Insights from bimodal bilingualism: Reply to commentaries. Biling (Camb Engl). 2016 Mar; 19(2):261-263. PMID: 28781571.
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    23. Weisberg J, McCullough S, Emmorey K. Simultaneous perception of a spoken and a signed language: The brain basis of ASL-English code-blends. Brain Lang. 2015 Aug; 147:96-106. PMID: 26177161.
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    24. Pyers JE, Perniss P, Emmorey K. Viewpoint in the Visual-Spatial Modality: The Coordination of Spatial Perspective. Spat Cogn Comput. 2015 Jun 01; 15(3):143-169. PMID: 26981027.
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    25. Secora K, Emmorey K. The Action-Sentence Compatibility Effect in ASL: the role of semantics vs. perception. Lang Cogn. 2015 Jun; 7(2):305-318. PMID: 26052352.
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    26. Emmorey K, Giezen MR, Gollan TH. Psycholinguistic, cognitive, and neural implications of bimodal bilingualism. Biling (Camb Engl). 2016 Mar; 19(2):223-242. PMID: 28804269.
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    27. Giezen MR, Blumenfeld HK, Shook A, Marian V, Emmorey K. Parallel language activation and inhibitory control in bimodal bilinguals. Cognition. 2015 Aug; 141:9-25. PMID: 25912892; PMCID: PMC4466161.
    28. Giezen MR, Emmorey K. Language co-activation and lexical selection in bimodal bilinguals: Evidence from picture-word interference. Biling (Camb Engl). 2016 Mar; 19(2):264-276. PMID: 26989347.
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    29. Nicodemus B, Emmorey K. Directionality in ASL-English interpreting: Accuracy and articulation quality in L1 and L2. Interpreting (Amst). 2015; 17(2):145-166. PMID: 28855844.
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    30. Iversen JR, Patel AD, Nicodemus B, Emmorey K. Synchronization to auditory and visual rhythms in hearing and deaf individuals. Cognition. 2015 Jan; 134:232-44. PMID: 25460395; PMCID: PMC4255154.
    31. Emmorey K. Iconicity as structure mapping. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2014 Sep 19; 369(1651):20130301. PMID: 25092669; PMCID: PMC4123680.
    32. Emmorey K, McCullough S, Mehta S, Grabowski TJ. How sensory-motor systems impact the neural organization for language: direct contrasts between spoken and signed language. Front Psychol. 2014; 5:484. PMID: 24904497; PMCID: PMC4033845.
    33. Emmorey K. The neurobiology of sign language and the mirror system hypothesis. Lang Cogn. 2013 Sep 01; 5(2-3):205-210. PMID: 24707322.
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    34. Allen JS, Emmorey K, Bruss J, Damasio H. Neuroanatomical differences in visual, motor, and language cortices between congenitally deaf signers, hearing signers, and hearing non-signers. Front Neuroanat. 2013; 7:26. PMID: 23935567; PMCID: PMC3731534.
    35. Nicodemus B, Emmorey K. Direction asymmetries in spoken and signed language interpreting. Biling (Camb Engl). 2013 Jul; 16(3):624-636. PMID: 23833563.
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    36. Emmorey K, Weisberg J, McCullough S, Petrich JA. Mapping the reading circuitry for skilled deaf readers: an fMRI study of semantic and phonological processing. Brain Lang. 2013 Aug; 126(2):169-80. PMID: 23747332.
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    37. Emmorey K, McCullough S, Mehta S, Ponto LL, Grabowski TJ. The biology of linguistic expression impacts neural correlates for spatial language. J Cogn Neurosci. 2013 Apr; 25(4):517-33. PMID: 23249348; PMCID: PMC3715382.
    38. Emmorey K, Petrich JA, Gollan TH. Bimodal bilingualism and the frequency-lag hypothesis. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2013 Jan; 18(1):1-11. PMID: 23073709.
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    39. Poeppel D, Emmorey K, Hickok G, Pylkkänen L. Towards a new neurobiology of language. J Neurosci. 2012 Oct 10; 32(41):14125-31. PMID: 23055482; PMCID: PMC3495005.
    40. Casey S, Emmorey K, Larrabee H. The effects of learning American Sign Language on co-speech gesture(). Biling (Camb Engl). 2012 Oct; 15(4):677-686. PMID: 23335853.
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    41. McCullough S, Saygin AP, Korpics F, Emmorey K. Motion-sensitive cortex and motion semantics in American Sign Language. Neuroimage. 2012 Oct 15; 63(1):111-8. PMID: 22750056; PMCID: PMC3429697.
    42. Emmorey K, Petrich J, Gollan TH. Bilingual processing of ASL-English code-blends: The consequences of accessing two lexical representations simultaneously. J Mem Lang. 2012 Jul 01; 67(1):199-210. PMID: 22773886.
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    43. Baus C, Carreiras M, Emmorey K. When does Iconicity in Sign Language Matter? Lang Cogn Process. 2013 Mar 01; 28(3):261-271. PMID: 23543899.
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    44. Emmorey K, Petrich JA. Processing orthographic structure: associations between print and fingerspelling. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2012; 17(2):194-204. PMID: 22170294.
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    45. Emmorey K, McCullough S, Mehta S, Ponto LL, Grabowski TJ. Sign language and pantomime production differentially engage frontal and parietal cortices. Lang Cogn Process. 2011 Jan 01; 26(7):878-901. PMID: 21909174.
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    46. Emmorey K, Xu J, Braun A. Neural responses to meaningless pseudosigns: evidence for sign-based phonetic processing in superior temporal cortex. Brain Lang. 2011 Apr; 117(1):34-8. PMID: 21094525; PMCID: PMC3075318.
    47. Saygin AP, McCullough S, Alac M, Emmorey K. Modulation of BOLD response in motion-sensitive lateral temporal cortex by real and fictive motion sentences. J Cogn Neurosci. 2010 Nov; 22(11):2480-90. PMID: 19925197; PMCID: PMC3547627.
    48. Bosworth RG, Emmorey K. Effects of iconicity and semantic relatedness on lexical access in american sign language. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2010 Nov; 36(6):1573-81. PMID: 20919784; PMCID: PMC2970771.
    49. Pyers JE, Shusterman A, Senghas A, Spelke ES, Emmorey K. Evidence from an emerging sign language reveals that language supports spatial cognition. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Jul 06; 107(27):12116-20. PMID: 20616088; PMCID: PMC2901441.
    50. Wilson M, Lancaster J, Emmorey K. Representational momentum for the human body: awkwardness matters, experience does not. Cognition. 2010 Aug; 116(2):242-50. PMID: 20510405; PMCID: PMC2900450.
    51. Xu J, Gannon PJ, Emmorey K, Smith JF, Braun AR. Symbolic gestures and spoken language are processed by a common neural system. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Dec 08; 106(49):20664-9. PMID: 19923436.
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    52. Emmorey K, Bosworth R, Kraljic T. Visual feedback and self-monitoring of sign language. J Mem Lang. 2009 Oct 01; 61(3):398-411. PMID: 20161058.
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    53. Emmorey K, Xu J, Gannon P, Goldin-Meadow S, Braun A. CNS activation and regional connectivity during pantomime observation: no engagement of the mirror neuron system for deaf signers. Neuroimage. 2010 Jan 01; 49(1):994-1005. PMID: 19679192; PMCID: PMC2769569.
    54. Pyers JE, Gollan TH, Emmorey K. Bimodal bilinguals reveal the source of tip-of-the-tongue states. Cognition. 2009 Aug; 112(2):323-9. PMID: 19477437; PMCID: PMC2862226.
    55. Emmorey K, Gertsberg N, Korpics F, Wright CE. The influence of visual feedback and register changes on sign language production: A kinematic study with deaf signers. Appl Psycholinguist. 2009 Jan 01; 30(1):187-203. PMID: 20046943.
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    56. McCullough S, Emmorey K. Categorical perception of affective and linguistic facial expressions. Cognition. 2009 Feb; 110(2):208-21. PMID: 19111287; PMCID: PMC2681241.
    57. Emmorey K, Luk G, Pyers JE, Bialystok E. The source of enhanced cognitive control in bilinguals: evidence from bimodal bilinguals. Psychol Sci. 2008 Dec; 19(12):1201-6. PMID: 19121123; PMCID: PMC2677184.
    58. Allen JS, Emmorey K, Bruss J, Damasio H. Morphology of the insula in relation to hearing status and sign language experience. J Neurosci. 2008 Nov 12; 28(46):11900-5. PMID: 19005055; PMCID: PMC2606108.
    59. Emmorey K, Thompson R, Colvin R. Eye gaze during comprehension of American Sign Language by native and beginning signers. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2009; 14(2):237-43. PMID: 18832075.
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    60. Pyers JE, Emmorey K. The face of bimodal bilingualism: grammatical markers in American Sign Language are produced when bilinguals speak to English monolinguals. Psychol Sci. 2008 Jun; 19(6):531-6. PMID: 18578841; PMCID: PMC2632943.
    61. Emmorey K, Korpics F, Petronio K. The use of visual feedback during signing: evidence from signers with impaired vision. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2009; 14(1):99-104. PMID: 18495656; PMCID: PMC2637109.
    62. Emmorey K, McCullough S. The bimodal bilingual brain: effects of sign language experience. Brain Lang. 2009 May-Jun; 109(2-3):124-32. PMID: 18471869; PMCID: PMC2680472.
    63. Emmorey K, Borinstein HB, Thompson R, Gollan TH. Bimodal bilingualism. Biling (Camb Engl). 2008 Mar; 11(1):43-61. PMID: 19079743.
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    64. Casey S, Emmorey K. Co-speech gesture in bimodal bilinguals. Lang Cogn Process. 2008 Feb; 24(2):290-312. PMID: 19430579.
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    65. Emmorey K, Mehta S, Grabowski TJ. The neural correlates of sign versus word production. Neuroimage. 2007 May 15; 36(1):202-8. PMID: 17407824; PMCID: PMC1987366.
    66. Wilson M, Emmorey K. No difference in short-term memory span between sign and speech. Psychol Sci. 2006 Dec; 17(12):1093-4. PMID: 17201793.
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    67. Provine RR, Emmorey K. Laughter among deaf signers. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2006; 11(4):403-9. PMID: 16891353; PMCID: PMC2424276.
    68. Wilson M, Emmorey K. Comparing sign language and speech reveals a universal limit on short-term memory capacity. Psychol Sci. 2006 Aug; 17(8):682-3. PMID: 16913950.
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    69. Thompson R, Emmorey K, Gollan TH. "Tip of the fingers" experiences by deaf signers: insights into the organization of a sign-based lexicon. Psychol Sci. 2005 Nov; 16(11):856-60. PMID: 16262769.
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    70. McCullough S, Emmorey K, Sereno M. Neural organization for recognition of grammatical and emotional facial expressions in deaf ASL signers and hearing nonsigners. Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 2005 Feb; 22(2):193-203. PMID: 15653293.
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    71. Emmorey K, Wilson M. The puzzle of working memory for sign language. Trends Cogn Sci. 2004 Dec; 8(12):521-3. PMID: 15556019.
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    72. Emmorey K, Grabowski T, McCullough S, Ponto LL, Hichwa RD, Damasio H. The neural correlates of spatial language in English and American Sign Language: a PET study with hearing bilinguals. Neuroimage. 2005 Feb 01; 24(3):832-40. PMID: 15652318.
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    73. Emmorey K, Falgier B. Conceptual locations and pronominal reference in American Sign Language. J Psycholinguist Res. 2004 Jul; 33(4):321-31. PMID: 15360124.
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    74. Emmorey K, Grabowski T, McCullough S, Damasio H, Ponto L, Hichwa R, Bellugi U. Motor-iconicity of sign language does not alter the neural systems underlying tool and action naming. Brain Lang. 2004 Apr; 89(1):27-37. PMID: 15010234.
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    75. Emmorey K, Allen JS, Bruss J, Schenker N, Damasio H. A morphometric analysis of auditory brain regions in congenitally deaf adults. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Aug 19; 100(17):10049-54. PMID: 12904582; PMCID: PMC187761.
    76. Wilson M, Emmorey K. The effect of irrelevant visual input on working memory for sign language. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2003; 8(2):97-103. PMID: 15448060.
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    77. Emmorey K, Grabowski T, McCullough S, Damasio H, Ponto LL, Hichwa RD, Bellugi U. Neural systems underlying lexical retrieval for sign language. Neuropsychologia. 2003; 41(1):85-95. PMID: 12427567.
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    78. Emmorey K, Damasio H, McCullough S, Grabowski T, Ponto LL, Hichwa RD, Bellugi U. Neural systems underlying spatial language in American Sign Language. Neuroimage. 2002 Oct; 17(2):812-24. PMID: 12377156.
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