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- Eswen Fava
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Department of Psychology
- 414 Tobin Hall
- Amherst, MA, 01003
I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate in Lisa Scott's lab at UMASS Amherst (2011-2013).
I earned my Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, in Cognitive Psychology.
- 2011-2013, Postdoctoral Associate, UMASS Amherst (Amherst, MA)
- 2011, PhD, Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
- 2008, MS, Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
- 2004, BS, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
- Infant Language Acquisition
- Near Infrared Spectroscopy
- Audiovisual Speech Perception and its components
- Bortfeld H, Fava E, and Boas DA. . pmid:19142766.
We investigate the utility of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) as an alternative technique for studying infant speech processing. NIRS is an optical imaging technology that uses relative changes in total hemoglobin concentration and oxygenation as an indicator of neural activation. Procedurally, NIRS has the advantage over more common methods (e.g., fMRI) in that it can be used to study the neural responses of behaviorally active infants. Older infants (aged 6-9 months) were allowed to sit on their caretakers' laps during stimulus presentation to determine relative differences in focal activity in the temporal region of the brain during speech processing. Results revealed a dissociation of sensory-specific processing in two cortical regions, the left and right temporal lobes. These findings are consistent with those obtained using other neurophysiological methods and point to the utility of NIRS as a means of establishing neural correlates of language development in older (and more active) infants.