CURRICULUM VITAE

speech perception

spoken word recognition

predictive coding

word learning

second language acquisition

multilingualism

electroencephalography​

source analysis

intracranial recordings

machine learning

eye-tracking

visual world paradigm

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

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

     Chancellor's Honors Scholar & College Scholar

     Major: Neuroscience and the Perception of Language

     Minor: Portuguese Language & Literature

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

     Thesis Supervisor: Harriet Wood Bowden, PhD

2009 - 2013

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Postdoctoral Training - Villanova University - Villanova, PA   

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar

    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

    Mentor: Joseph C. Toscano, PhD

2021 - present

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Word Recognition and Perception Lab

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

     PI: Joseph C. Toscano, PhD

     Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

     Villanova University

     Villanova, PA, USA

2021 - present

Mechanisms of Audio-Visual Categorization Lab

Graduate Research Assistant

     PI: Bob McMurray, PhD

     Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

     University of Iowa

     Iowa City, IA, USA

2015 - 2020

Human Auditory Neuroscience Group

Graduate Research Assistant

     PI: Inyong Choi, PhD

     University of Iowa

     Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

     Iowa City, IA, USA

2018 - 2020

Human Brain Research Lab

Graduate Research Assistant

     PI: Matthew A. Howard III, MD

     University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

     Department of Neurosurgery

     Iowa City, IA, USA

2016 - 2020

Infant Language & Perceptual Learning Lab

Undergraduate Research Assistant

     PI: Jessica S.F. Hay, PhD

     Department of Psychology

     University of Tennessee

     Knoxville, TN, USA

Language Acquisition & Cognition Lab

Undergraduate Research Assistant

     PI: Harriet Wood Bowden, PhD

     Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures

     University of Tennessee

     Knoxville, TN, USA

2009 - 2012

2012 - 2014

Vocal Acoustics Laboratory

Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant

     PI: Jo-Anne Bachorowski, PhD

     Department of Psychology

     Vanderbilt University

     Nashville, TN, USA

2010 - 2012

honors & AWARDS

2019 • Travel Award for Advances & Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience and Society for Neuroscience Conference, Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Iowa

2019 • Gloria Lee Service Award, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Iowa

2019 • Fellowship Incentive Award, Graduate College, University of Iowa 

2018 • Travel Award for Acoustical Society of America Conference, Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Iowa

2016 • Fellowship Incentive Award, Graduate College, University of Iowa

2015 • Travel Award for Society for Neuroscience Conference, Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Iowa
2015 • Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, Graduate College, University of Iowa

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

2012 • Study Abroad Grant, Chancellor’s Honors Program, University of Tennessee
2012 • Study Abroad Grant, Center for International Education, 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

professional development

2021 • Supporting from Identities Workshop, Villanova University

2021 Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Awareness & Allyship Training, Villanova University

2021 • Faculty Writing Cooperative, Villanova University

2020 • ERP Decoding Webinar, University of California, Davis

2020 • Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Workshop & Webinar, University of Florida

2018 • Writing Initiative in Neuroscience, University of Iowa

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

2012 • Grant Writing Workshop, University of Tennessee & National Institutes of Health

RESEARCH

PUBLICATIONS
MANUSCRIPTS

 

Sarrett, M.E., Rhone, A.E., Shea, C., Hendrickson, K., Muegge, J.B., Kovach, C.K., Dlouhy, B.J., & McMurray, B. (in prep). Decoding within- and between-language lexical competition from intracranial EEG: a neurosurgical case report of a pediatric Spanish-English bilingual.

Kocsis, Z., Jenison, R.L., Cope, T.E., Taylor, P.N., McMurray, B., Rhone, A.E., Sarrett, M.E., Kikuchi, Y., Gander, P.E., Berger, J.I., Kovach, C.K., Calmus, R.M., Choi, I., Greenlee, J.D., Kawasaki, H., Griffiths, T.D., Howard III, M.A., & Petkov, C.I. (in prep). Immediate causal impact of disconnecting a neural hub in the human brain.

Sarrett, M.E. & Toscano, J.C. (in prep). Decoding speech sounds from neurophysiological data: practical considerations and theoretical implications.

Sarrett, M.E. and McMurray, B. (in prep). Timecourse of bottom-up and top-down language processing during a picture-based semantic priming task.

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

Sarrett, M.E., Shea, C., and McMurray, B. (2021). Within- and between-language competition in adult second language learners: implications for language proficiency. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2021.1952283

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2020.104875

other publications

 

Sarrett, M.E. (2020). To /b/ or not to /b/: Characterizing the neural timecourse of speech perception. Doctoral dissertation, University of Iowa. DOI: 10.17077/etd.005674.

Sarrett, M.E. (2013). The effect of pedagogical condition on second language acquisition. Honors Thesis, University of Tennessee. Available at Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (TRACE).

PRESENTATIONS
INVITED TALKS

Sarrett, M.E. (2021, November). Characterizing cross-linguistic lexical competition in bilinguals and second language learners. Stanford Phonetics Lab, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

 

Sarrett, M.E. (2021, October). Language & the brain: understanding speech and quantifying linguistic processing. Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.

Sarrett, M.E. & Toscano, J.C. (2021, May). Decoding speech information from neurophysiological data. Center for Mind & Brain. University of California, Davis, Davis, CA.

conferences

Sarrett, M.E., McMurray, B., & Toscano, J. (2021, December). Neural representations of speech: decoding bottom-up acoustics and examining top-down effects using electroencephalographyPoster presented at the 181st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA.  Link to download.

 

Sarrett, M.E., Rhone, A.E., Shea, C., Hendrickson, K., Muegge, J.B., Kovach, C.K., Dlouhy, B.J., & McMurray, B. (2021, November). Decoding within- and between-language lexical competition from intracranial EEG: a neurosurgical case report of a pediatric Spanish-English bilingual. Poster presented at the virtual conference for Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience. Link to download.

 

Kocsis, Z., Jenison, R.L., Cope, T.E., Taylor, P.N., McMurray, B., Rhone, A.E., Sarrett, M.E., Kikuchi, Y., Gander, P.E., Kovach, C.K., Balezeau, F., Choi, I., Greenlee, J.D., Kawasaki, H., Griffiths, T.D., Howard III, M.A., & Petkov, C.I. (2021, November). Acute impact of anterior temporal lobe disconnection on speech prediction and frontal-auditory neural signals. Poster presented at the virtual conference for Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience.

 

Sarrett, M.E., McMurray, B., & Toscano, J.C. (2021, November). Contributions of bottom-up and top-down processes in speech cue encoding: evidence from EEG and machine learning techniques. Poster presented at the virtual 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

 

Kocsis, Z., Jenison, R.L., Cope, T.E., Taylor, P.N., McMurray, B., Rhone, A.E., Sarrett, M.E., Kikuchi, Y., Gander, P.E., Kovach, C.K., Balezeau, F., Choi, I., Greenlee, J.D., Kawasaki, H., Griffiths, T.D., Howard III, M.A., & Petkov, C.I. (2021, November). Acute impact of anterior temporal lobe disconnection on fronto-temporal neural signals. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, Chicago, IL.

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.

OTHER TALKS & PRESENTATIONS

Sarrett, M. E., McMurray, B., & Shea, C. (2021, April). Cross-linguistic activation in Spanish second language learners: evidence from the Visual World Paradigm. Poster presented at the Language Sciences Symposium. Villanova University, Villanova, PA.

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 Graduate Program Research Day. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

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

GRANTS

2017 • Interdisciplinary Research Grant: Second Language Acquisition: Integrated or Separate Lexica, Development and Learnin from Theory to Application (DeLTA) Center, University of Iowa. Role: Principal Investigator.

TEACHING

Instructor

Spring 2022 (upcoming) • Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar, Villanova University

graduate teaching assistant

Fall 2019 • Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Iowa

Fall 2019 • Research Methods & Data Analysis in Psychology II, University of Iowa

Fall 2017 • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Elementary Psychology, University of Iowa

undergraduate teaching assistant

Fall 2012 • Honors Seminar: The Hard Problem of Consciousness, University of Tennessee

Fall 2011 • Honors Seminar: Analysis & Visualization of Big Data, University of Tennessee

guest lecturer

Fall 2021 • Minds, Brains, & Machines, Villanova University

Fall 2021 • Contemporary Research Issues in Psychology, Villanova University

Spring 2021 • Contemporary Research Issues in Psychology, Villanova University

Spring 2021 • Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar, Villanova University

Spring 2020 • Scientific Communication in Psychology, University of Iowa

Spring 2019 • Introduction to Hearing Science, University of Iowa

Spring 2019 • The Psychology of Language, University of Iowa

Spring 2018 • Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Iowa

Fall 2017 • The Psychology of Language, University of Iowa

informal research mentoring

2021 - present Alexa Gonzalez, graduate student in Psychological & Brain Sciences; currently completing Master's degree

2021 - present Lili DeFillipis, undergraduate Psychology major; currently completing Bachelor's degree

2018 - 2020 Samantha L. Chiu, post-baccalaureate research assistant; outcome: PhD program in Psychological & Brain Sciences

2019 - 2020 • Nicole Coates, undergraduate Neuroscience major; currently completing Bachelor's degree

2018 - 2019 • Hianca Pinho, undergraduate Psychology major; outcome: Master's program in Public Health

2018 - 2019 • Elizabeth "Elle" Larson, undergraduate Psychology major; currently completing Bachelor's degree

2018 - 2019 • Navin L. Iyer, undergraduate Neuroscience major; outcome: Master's program in Public Health

2018 - 2019 • Meghan Wickham, undergraduate Speech & Hearing Science major; outcome: Master's program in Speech Pathology

2017 - 2018 Megan Hill, undergraduate Speech & Hearing Science major; outcome: Master's program in Speech Pathology

2016 - 2018 Hannah B. Johnson, Latham Science Engagement Initiative Fellow; outcome: Master's program in Cognitive Psychology

SERVICE

COLLEGE

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 Biomedical Sciences Pre-Grad School Conference, University of Iowa

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

department

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 Eastern Iowa Brain Bee Committee, University of Iowa

2018 • Graduate student representative on the Graduate Student Wellness Committee, University of Iowa

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

other professional service

2018 - 2020 • Content illustrator at Knowing Neurons | a creative neuroscience education website by young neuroscientists

AD-HOC REVIEWS

2021 NeuroImage

2021 Journal of Occupational Medicine & Toxicology

2021 Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

2021 Journal of Phonetics

2020 • eLife

TECHNICAL SKILLS

MATLAB (highly proficient)

Microsoft Office Suite (highly proficient)

R (proficient)

Adobe Illustrator (proficient)

Python (competent)

LaTeX (competent)

LANGUAGES

English (native speaker)

Brazilian Portuguese (fluent in written & spoken)

Spanish (good working knowledge in written & spoken)

Latin (good working knowledge, written only)