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Barbara Luka

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Primary Academic Program: Psychology

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Academic Expertise: Psychology

Area of Specialization: Language Comprehension and Memory

Biography:

B.A., Lawrence University; Ph.D., University of Chicago. Research area: cognitive psychology. Specializations: semantic memory; syntactic processing; psychophysiology of language and memory using event-related potentials (ERPs); contextual influences in language comprehension. Award: Watson Fellow. Previous positions: research associate, Institute for Mind and Biology, Chicago; postdoctoral research, University of Arizona, Tucson. Publications in linguistics, psychology, and psychophysiology. At Bard since 2003.
Interests:

Research Interests: Language comprehension; semantics (language meaning); syntax (sentence structure); human memory; cognitive neuroscience and psychophysiology

Teaching Interests: Introduction to psychology; cognitive psychology; human memory; psycholinguistics; Foundations in Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Other Interests: Cognitive science; cognitive linguistics

Highlights:

2013 — Grant
Bard Research Fund Grant to support student research in psycholinguistics
Website: http://inside.bard.edu/~luka

2013 — Presentation
Luka, B. J., Rich, L., and Benowitz, A. (2013). Do You Remember What You’re Reading? Indirect Tests and Declarative Sentence Memory. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (May, 2013).
Website: http://aps.psychologicalscience.org/convention/program_2013/search/results.cfm

2013 — Presentation
Luka, B. J., Rich, L., and Benowitz, A. (2013). Strength of Semantic Association Influences N400 Amplitude but Not Lexical Decision Times. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (November, 2013).
Website: http://www.psychonomic.org/annual-meeting.html

2007 — Grant
Bard Research Fund Grant to support student research in psycholinguistics
Website: http://inside.bard.edu/~luka/lab-people.shtml

2007 — Presentation
Luka, B. J. and Choi, H. (2007). Structural priming in language comprehension is long lasting. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (May, 2007).
Website: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/program_2007/

2007 — Presentation
Luka, B. J., Woodward, H., Carter, A., Min, J., Opojevici, O. and Brennan, E. (2007). Does meaning matter? An investigation of semantic relatedness. Poster to be presented at the University of Scranton Psychology Conference (April, 2007).
Website: http://academic.scranton.edu/organization/psychcon/22nd/

2006 — Grant
Mellon Grant for teaching Language Technologies

2005 — Grant
Freeman Foundation; Cognitive Science in the U.S. and Japan

2005 — Grant
Freeman Foundation; Cognitive Science in the U.S. and Japan

Contact:

Phone: 845-758-7223
Website: http://inside.bard.edu/~luka
E-mail: luka@bard.edu