CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

PhD - University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA

     Presidential Graduate Research Fellow

     Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

     Dissertation: To /b/ or not to /b/: Characterizing the neural timecourse of speech perception

     Mentor: Bob McMurray, PhD

2015 - 2020 (anticipated)

BA magna cum laude - University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN

     Chancellor's Honors Scholar & College Scholar

     Major: Neuroscience and the Perception of Language

     Minor: Portuguese

     Honors Thesis: The effect of pedagogical condition on second language acquisition

     Thesis Supervisor: Harriet Bowden, PhD

2009 - 2013

RESEARCH INTERESTS & SKILLS

spoken word recognition, integration of top-down and bottom-up cues, word learning, second language acquisition, degraded speech, eyetracking, Visual World Paradigm, electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), source analysis with EEG, electrocorticography (ECoG), machine learning

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Mechanisms of Audio-Visual Categorization (MAC) Lab

Presidental Graduate Research Fellow

     PI: Bob McMurray, PhD

     Department of Psychology

     University of Iowa

     Iowa City, IA, USA

2015 - present

Human Auditory Neuroscience (HAN) Lab

Collaborating Graduate Fellow

     PI: Inyong Choi, PhD

     University of Iowa

     Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

     Iowa City, IA, USA

2018 - present

Human Brain Research Lab

Collaborating Graduate Fellow

     PI: Matt Howard, MD

     University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

     Department of Neurosurgery

     Iowa City, IA, USA

2016 - present

Infant Language & Perceptual Learning Lab

Undergraduate Research Assistant

     PI: Jess Hay, PhD

     Department of Psychology

     University of Tennessee

     Knoxville, TN, USA

Language Acquisition & Cognition Lab

Undergraduate Research Assistant

     PI: Harriet Bowden, PhD

     Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures

     University of Tennessee

     Knoxville, TN, USA

2009 - 2012

2012 - 2014

Vocal Acoustics Laboratory

Undergraduate Summer Intern

     PI: Jo-Anne Bachorowski, PhD

     Department of Psychology

     Vanderbilt University

     Nashville, TN, USA

2010 - 2012

GRANTS & AWARDS

2019 • Departmental Award for travel to Advanced Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience and Society for Neuroscience, University of Iowa

2019 • Gloria Lee Service Award, University of Iowa

2019 • Fellowship Incentive Award, University of Iowa 

2018 • Departmental Award for travel to Acoustical Society of America Conference, University of Iowa

2018 • Writing Initiative in Neuroscience Fellow, University of Iowa

2017 • ERP Boot Camp Fellow, University of California, Davis, & National Institute of Mental Health

2017 • DeLTA Center Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Iowa

2016 • Fellowship Incentive Award, University of Iowa
2016 • Institutional National Research Service Award Recipient (T32), National Institutes of Health

2015 • Departmental Award for travel to Society for Neuroscience Conference, University of Iowa
2015 • Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Iowa

2013 • Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Best Poster Award, University of Tennessee

2012 • Grant Writing Workshop Fellowship, University of Tennessee
2012 • Chancellor’s Honors Program Study Abroad Grant, University of Tennessee
2012 • Center for International Education Study Abroad Grant, University of Tennessee
2012 • Alvin and Jane Nielsen Memorial Scholarship, University of Tennessee
2010 • Frederick T. Bonham Scholarship, University of Tennessee
2009 • HOPE Scholarship with General Academic Merit Supplement, University of Tennessee
2009 • University of Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship, University of Tennessee

2009 • Achieve the Dream Grant, University of Tennessee

MANUSCRIPTS

Sarrett, M.E.McMurray, B., and Choi, I. (in prep). Neural correlates of concurrent representations of speech during sentence comprehension: evidence from EEG source analysis.

Sarrett, M.E. and McMurray, B. (in prep). Semantic picture priming task reveals top-down and bottom-up interactions: an EEG study.

Kocsis, Z., Jenison, R.L., McMurray, B., Rhone, A.E., Sarrett, M.E., Gander, P.E., Nourski, K.V., Steinschneider, M., Calmus, R.M., Kawasaki, H., Greenlee, J.D., Kovach, C.K., Griffiths, T.D., Howard III, M.A., & Petkov, C.I. (in prep). Anterior temporal lobe disconnection disrupts auditory cortical oscillatory neural responses to speech in the human brain.

McMurray, B., Sarrett, M.E., Chiu, S.L., Black, A.K., and Aslin, R. (in prep). Decoding the neural dynamics of spoken word recognition from EEG.

Sarrett, M.E., Shea, C., and McMurray, B. (submitted). Within- and between-language competition in adult second language learners: implications for language proficiency.

Sarrett, M.E., McMurray, B., and Kapnoula, E. (2020). Dynamic EEG analysis during language comprehension reveals continuous and interactive cascades between perceptual processing and sentential expectations. Brain and Language, 211.

Sarrett, M.E. (2013). The effect of pedagogical condition on second language acquisition. Honors Thesis, University of Tennessee. Available at: http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_chanhonoproj/1655


 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Sarrett, M.E., Shea, C., and McMurray, B. (2020, November). Crosslinguistic lexical activation in Spanish second language learners. Poster presented at the virtual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

McMurray, B., Sarrett, M.E., Chiu, S.L., Black, A.K., and Aslin, R. (2020, November). Decoding the neural dynamics of spoken word recognition from EEG. Paper presented at the virtual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

 

Kocsis, Z., Jenison, R.L., McMurray, B., Rhone, A.E., Sarrett, M.E., Gander, P.E., Choi, I., Berger, J.I., Taylor, P.N., Kawasaki, H., Greenlee, J.D., Kovach, C.K., Griffiths, T.D., Howard III, M.A., & Petkov, C.I. (2020, October). Anterior temporal lobe surgical disconnection disrupts neural responses to speech along the human auditory cortical network. Poster presented at the virtual meeting for Advanced Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience.

Black, A., McMurray, B., Sarrett, M.E., Chiu, S., Canale, B., Wang, A., & Aslin, R.N. (2019, October). Machines vs. musheems: neural decoding of words from nonwords. Paper presented at the NTNU-Haskins Laboratories Joint Workshop on Language Acquisition, Statistical Learning, and fNIRS Applications. Taipei, Taiwan.

 

Sarrett, M.E., Schreiber, K., Kawasaki, H., Howard III, M.A., & McMurray, B. (2019, October). The effect of lexical status on acoustic encoding in human auditory and perisylvian language cortices: Preliminary results from intracranial recordings. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.

 

Kocsis, Z., Jenison, R.L., McMurray, B., Rhone, A.E., Sarrett, M.E., Gander, P.E., Nourski, K.V., Steinschneider, M., Calmus, R.M., Kawasaki, H., Greenlee, J.D., Kovach, C.K., Griffiths, T.D., Howard III, M.A., & Petkov, C.I. (2019, October). Anterior temporal lobe disconnection disrupts auditory cortical oscillatory neural responses to speech in the human brain. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.

 

Sarrett, M.E., Kapnoula, E., & McMurray, B. (2018, November). Realtime integration of acoustic input and semantic expectations in speech processing: evidence from electroencephalography (and preliminary results from electrocorticography). Poster presented at the 176th Annual Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Victoria, BC, Canada.

 

Sarrett, M.E., Kapnoula, E., & McMurray, B. (2018, July). Realtime integration of acoustic cues and semantic expectations in speech processing. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI, USA.

 

Sarrett, M.E. & Bowden, H. (2013, March). The effect of pedagogical condition on second language acquisition. Paper presented at the 80th Annual South Eastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL), Spartanburg, SC, USA.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Spring 2020 • Guest panelist, Scientific Communication in Psychology

Fall 2019 • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience

Fall 2019 • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Research Methods & Data Analysis in Psychology II

Spring 2019 • Guest lecturer, Introduction to Hearing Science

Spring 2019 • Guest lecturer, The Psychology of Language

Spring 2018 • Guest lecturer, Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Fall 2017  Guest lecturer, The Psychology of Language

Fall 2017 • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Elementary Psychology

Fall 2012 • Honors Enrichment Fellow, Honors Seminar: The Hard Problem of Consciousness

MENTORING EXPERIENCE

2018 - 2020 Graduate supervisor for post-baccalaureate research assistant, MAC Lab

2018 - 2019 • Graduate supervisor for undergraduate Neuroscience major, MAC Lab

2018 - 2019 • Graduate supervisor for undergraduate Speech & Hearing Science major, HAN Lab

2017 - 2018 Graduate supervisor for undergraduate Speech & Hearing Science major, MAC Lab

2016 - 2018 Graduate supervisor for undergraduate Latham Science Engagement Initiative Fellow, MAC Lab

SERVICE & OUTREACH

2018 - present • Content illustrator at Knowing Neurons | a creative neuroscience education website by young neuroscientists

2017 - 2020 • Student Co-Chair of the Neuroscience Graduate Admissions Committee, University of Iowa
2017 - 2020 • Student Co-Chair of the Neuroscience Graduate Recruitment Committee, University of Iowa

2015 - 2020 • Volunteer in the Girls Go STEM Annual Outreach Program, University of Iowa
2015 - 2020
 • Volunteer in the Eastern Iowa Brain Bee Committee, University of Iowa

2019 • Graduate student representative on Graduate Student Wellness Committee, University of Iowa

2019 • Graduate student panelist for Grad School 101, University of Iowa

2019 • Graduate student panelist for National Science Foundation's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program, University of Iowa

2018 • Graduate student panelist at the Our Collective Brains Workshop, University of Iowa

2018 • Graduate student panelist at the Biomedical Sciences Pre-Grad School Conference, University of Iowa

2015 - 2017 • Volunteer for the Neuroscience Graduate Recruitment Committee, University of Iowa

2012 - 2013 • Governing Officer of NEURO, Club for the Advancement of Neuroscience, University of Tennessee

2010 - 2013 • Student Co-Chair of the College Scholars Admissions Committee, University of Tennessee

LANGUAGES

2018 - present • Python (some knowledge)

2017 - present • R (competent)

2015 - present • MATLAB (highly proficient)

2009 - present • Brazilian Portuguese (fluent in written & spoken)

2004 - 2009 • Latin (good working knowledge, written only)

2000 - 2004 • Spanish (good working knowledge in written & spoken)

1990 - present • English (native speaker)

OTHER TALKS & PRESENTATIONS

Sarrett, M.E., McMurray, B., & Shea, C. (2020, February). Cross-linguistic activation in Spanish second language learners: evidence from the Visual World Paradigm.  Preliminary discussion led at MAC Lab Meeting, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M.E. (2020, February). To /b/ or not to /b/: characterizing the timecourse of speech perception. Paper presented at the Psychology Brown Bag, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E. (2019, October). To /b/ or not to /b/: characterizing the timecourse of speech perception. Paper presented at the the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Seminar in Neuroscience. Iowa City, IA.​

 

Sarrett, M. E., Schreiber, K., Howard, M. A., Kawasaki, H., & McMurray, B. (2019, April). The effect of lexical status on acoustic encoding in human auditory cortex: preliminary results from intracranial recordings. Poster presented at Auditory Neuroscience Research Day. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E., Schreiber, K., Howard, M. A., Kawasaki, H., & McMurray, B. (2018, October). The effect of lexical status on acoustic encoding in human auditory cortex: preliminary results from intracranial recordings. Poster presented at Neuroscience Research Day. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E. (2018, October). Acoustic cue encoding in human auditory cortex: preliminary results from intracranial recordings. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Seminar in Neuroscience. Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E. (2017, November). The emergence of lexical competition in word learning & its neural correlates.  

Paper presentated at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Seminar in Neuroscience. Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E., Kapnoula, E., & McMurray, B. (2017, November). Contextual influences on speech perception. Poster presented at Neuroscience Research Day. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E. (2017, March). Integrating semantics and acoustics in speech processing. Paper presented at the University of Iowa Language Discussion Group. Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E. (2017, February). Contextual effects on speech perception: an EEG study. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Seminar in Neuroscience. Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E. (2016, September). Integration of novel words forms and the effects of sleep consolidation: an EEG study. Paper presented at the University of Iowa Language Discussion Group. Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E. (2016, April). Top-down effects on acoustic encoding: preliminary results. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Seminar in Neuroscience. Iowa City, IA.

Sarrett, M. E. (2013, April). The effect of pedagogical condition on second language acquisition. Paper presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Tennessee. Knoxville, TN.

Sarrett, M. E. (2013, March). The effects of pedagogical conditions on second language acquisition. Poster presented at the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA). University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 

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