Karen Emmorey

Summary

Affiliation: San Diego State University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc The neural correlates of sign versus word production
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Neuroimage 36:202-8. 2007
  2. pmc CNS activation and regional connectivity during pantomime observation: no engagement of the mirror neuron system for deaf signers
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Neuroimage 49:994-1005. 2010
  3. doi request reprint Mapping the reading circuitry for skilled deaf readers: an fMRI study of semantic and phonological processing
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Brain Lang 126:169-80. 2013
  4. pmc The biology of linguistic expression impacts neural correlates for spatial language
    Karen Emmorey
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 25:517-33. 2013
  5. pmc Bimodal bilingualism and the frequency-lag hypothesis
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, 6495 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 18:1-11. 2013
  6. doi request reprint Processing orthographic structure: associations between print and fingerspelling
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 17:194-204. 2012
  7. pmc The bimodal bilingual brain: effects of sign language experience
    Karen Emmorey
    San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Brain Lang 109:124-32. 2009
  8. pmc The use of visual feedback during signing: evidence from signers with impaired vision
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 14:99-104. 2009
  9. doi request reprint Eye gaze during comprehension of American Sign Language by native and beginning signers
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92102, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 14:237-43. 2009
  10. pmc The source of enhanced cognitive control in bilinguals: evidence from bimodal bilinguals
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Rd, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Psychol Sci 19:1201-6. 2008

Research Grants

  1. Neural Systems Underlying Sign Language Production
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2007
  2. Bimodal Bilingualism
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2007
  3. LANGUAGE, MODALITY AND THE BRAIN
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2007
  4. Neural Systems Underlying Sign Language Production
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2009
  5. Bimodal Bilingualism
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2010
  6. LANGUAGE, MODALITY AND THE BRAIN
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2009
  7. LANGUAGE, MODALITY AND THE BRAIN
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2003
  8. LANGUAGE, MODALITY AND THE BRAIN
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2010

Detail Information

Publications28

  1. pmc The neural correlates of sign versus word production
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Neuroimage 36:202-8. 2007
    ..g., selection of hand configuration and place of articulation features), whereas activation within SPL may reflect proprioceptive monitoring of motoric output...
  2. pmc CNS activation and regional connectivity during pantomime observation: no engagement of the mirror neuron system for deaf signers
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Neuroimage 49:994-1005. 2010
    ..We conclude that the lack of activation within the MNS for deaf signers does not support an account of human communication that depends upon automatic sensorimotor resonance between perception and action...
  3. doi request reprint Mapping the reading circuitry for skilled deaf readers: an fMRI study of semantic and phonological processing
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Brain Lang 126:169-80. 2013
    ..Finally, weaker phonological decoding ability did not alter activation in the visual word form area for deaf readers...
  4. pmc The biology of linguistic expression impacts neural correlates for spatial language
    Karen Emmorey
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 25:517-33. 2013
    ..To express spatial information, signers must transform visual-spatial representations into a body-centered reference frame and reach toward target locations within signing space...
  5. pmc Bimodal bilingualism and the frequency-lag hypothesis
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, 6495 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 18:1-11. 2013
    ..The absence of a lag for English could reflect the use of mouthing and/or code-blending, which may shield bimodal bilinguals from the lexical slowing observed for spoken language bilinguals in the dominant language...
  6. doi request reprint Processing orthographic structure: associations between print and fingerspelling
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 17:194-204. 2012
    ..Rather, we suggest that both good readers and good fingerspellers have established strong representations of English and that fingerspelling may aid in the development and maintenance of English vocabulary...
  7. pmc The bimodal bilingual brain: effects of sign language experience
    Karen Emmorey
    San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Brain Lang 109:124-32. 2009
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  8. pmc The use of visual feedback during signing: evidence from signers with impaired vision
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 14:99-104. 2009
    ..Overall, we hypothesize that signers use visual feedback to phonetically calibrate the dimensions of signing space, rather than to monitor language output...
  9. doi request reprint Eye gaze during comprehension of American Sign Language by native and beginning signers
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, 6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92102, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 14:237-43. 2009
    ..We conclude that joint visual attention and attention to mouthing (for beginning signers), rather than linguistic complexity or processing load, affect gaze fixation patterns during sign language comprehension...
  10. pmc The source of enhanced cognitive control in bilinguals: evidence from bimodal bilinguals
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, 6495 Alvarado Rd, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Psychol Sci 19:1201-6. 2008
    ..These results trace the bilingual advantage in cognitive control to the unimodal bilingual's experience controlling two languages in the same modality...
  11. pmc Neural responses to meaningless pseudosigns: evidence for sign-based phonetic processing in superior temporal cortex
    Karen Emmorey
    San Diego State University, United States
    Brain Lang 117:34-8. 2011
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  12. ncbi request reprint Motor-iconicity of sign language does not alter the neural systems underlying tool and action naming
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, USA
    Brain Lang 89:27-37. 2004
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  13. pmc Categorical perception of affective and linguistic facial expressions
    Stephen McCullough
    University of California, San Diego, USA
    Cognition 110:208-21. 2009
    ..We conclude that CP effects for affective facial expressions can be influenced by language experience...
  14. pmc Motion-sensitive cortex and motion semantics in American Sign Language
    Stephen McCullough
    Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA
    Neuroimage 63:111-8. 2012
    ..We conclude that top down modulation of motion-sensitive cortex by linguistic semantics is not disrupted by the visual motion that is present in sign language sentences...
  15. ncbi request reprint "Tip of the fingers" experiences by deaf signers: insights into the organization of a sign-based lexicon
    Robin Thompson
    The University of California, San Diego, USA
    Psychol Sci 16:856-60. 2005
    ..The partial phonological information available during TOFs suggests that phonological features are accessed more simultaneously during lexical access for signed language than during lexical access for spoken language...
  16. pmc Effects of iconicity and semantic relatedness on lexical access in american sign language
    Rain G Bosworth
    Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 36:1573-81. 2010
    ..These results confirm the existence of semantic priming for sign language and suggest that iconicity does not play a robust role in online lexical processing...
  17. pmc Representational momentum for the human body: awkwardness matters, experience does not
    Margaret Wilson
    Department of Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    Cognition 116:242-50. 2010
    ..Results are discussed in terms of recent findings on the mirror system...
  18. ncbi request reprint No difference in short-term memory span between sign and speech
    Margaret Wilson
    Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz 95064, USA
    Psychol Sci 17:1093-4. 2006
  19. ncbi request reprint Neural systems underlying lexical retrieval for sign language
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
    Neuropsychologia 41:85-95. 2003
    ..Overall, the findings indicate that similar neuroanatomical areas are involved in lexical retrieval for both signs and words...
  20. ncbi request reprint Conceptual locations and pronominal reference in American Sign Language
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
    J Psycholinguist Res 33:321-31. 2004
    ..Thus, the spatial nature of coreference in ASL does not alter the processing mechanism underlying the on-line interpretation of pronouns. Pronouns activate only referent nouns, not spatial location nouns associated with the referent...
  21. ncbi request reprint Neural systems underlying spatial language in American Sign Language
    Karen Emmorey
    Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California 92037, USA
    Neuroimage 17:812-24. 2002
    ..g., flat surface). Overall, the results suggest more right hemisphere involvement when expressing spatial relations in ASL, perhaps because signing space is used to encode the spatial relationship between objects...
  22. ncbi request reprint The neural correlates of spatial language in English and American Sign Language: a PET study with hearing bilinguals
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
    Neuroimage 24:832-40. 2005
    ..Damasio et al., 2001, NeuroImage, 13). We conclude that the right hemisphere activation observed for ASL-English bilinguals was due to their life-long experience with spatial language in ASL...
  23. ncbi request reprint Neural organization for recognition of grammatical and emotional facial expressions in deaf ASL signers and hearing nonsigners
    Stephen McCullough
    Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies 10010 North Torrey Pines Rd La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
    Brain Res Cogn Brain Res 22:193-203. 2005
    ..The results indicate that function in part drives the lateralization of neural systems that process human facial expressions...
  24. pmc The face of bimodal bilingualism: grammatical markers in American Sign Language are produced when bilinguals speak to English monolinguals
    JENNIE E PYERS
    Department of Psychology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02842, USA
    Psychol Sci 19:531-6. 2008
    ..We conclude that morphosyntactic elements from two languages can be articulated simultaneously and that complete inhibition of the nonselected language is difficult...
  25. pmc Laughter among deaf signers
    Robert R Provine
    Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA
    J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 11:403-9. 2006
    ..In an examination of other variables, the social dynamics of deaf and hearing people were similar, with "speakers" (those signing) laughing more than their audiences and females laughing more than males...
  26. pmc A morphometric analysis of auditory brain regions in congenitally deaf adults
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100:10049-54. 2003
    ..Finally, the volumes of planum temporale and HG were significantly larger in the left hemisphere for both groups, suggesting that leftward asymmetries within "auditory" cortices do not arise from experience with auditory processing...
  27. ncbi request reprint Comparing sign language and speech reveals a universal limit on short-term memory capacity
    Margaret Wilson
    Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
    Psychol Sci 17:682-3. 2006
  28. ncbi request reprint The puzzle of working memory for sign language
    Karen Emmorey
    Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
    Trends Cogn Sci 8:521-3. 2004
    ..At the same time, however, their results show that sign language and spoken language yield equivalent processing spans, suggesting that reliance on immediate-serial-recall measures in clinical and educational testing is misplaced...

Research Grants25

  1. Neural Systems Underlying Sign Language Production
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2007
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  2. Bimodal Bilingualism
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2007
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  3. LANGUAGE, MODALITY AND THE BRAIN
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2007
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  4. Neural Systems Underlying Sign Language Production
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..abstract_text> ..
  5. Bimodal Bilingualism
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2010
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  6. LANGUAGE, MODALITY AND THE BRAIN
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2009
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  7. LANGUAGE, MODALITY AND THE BRAIN
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2003
    ..We also propose two studies using fMRI which investigate face processing and visual imagery; fMRI will provide an exquisitely detailed picture of the brain bases for these linguistic and cognitive functions. ..
  8. LANGUAGE, MODALITY AND THE BRAIN
    Karen Emmorey; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..Knowledge of where sign language is represented in the brain can potentially provide crucial information to clinicians treating deaf patients with neurological injury or disease. ..