Past Summer GRA Winners

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Congratulations to all past CCBS Summer GRA winners. The Center is thrilled to support outstanding students each year. 


Student Spotlight

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CCBS recently caught up with a 2021 Summer GRA recipient to hear how their work is progressing.

Preston Lennon is a graduate student in the OSU Department of Philosophy set to graduate May 2022. CCBS funded Preston during the 2021 summer term to carry forward his project titled, "Aphantasia and Conscious Thought" under advisors Dr. Declan Smithies and Dr. Alex Petrov. 

How did the summer GRA funding benefit you in your work at Ohio State?

Lennon: "The summer GRA funding benefitted me enormously. The funding allowed me to devote all my energies over the summer of 2021 researching for my project on aphantasia and conscious thought. Aphantasia is a phenomenon in which subjects report impoverished or complete lack of mental imagery. For example, when most people are asked to “picture an apple,” aphantasics report not being able to do this!"

What was the primary goal of your project?

Lennon: "The goal of the project was to produce a polished manuscript of a paper arguing that the psychological phenomenon of aphantasia has interesting implications for philosophical debates about conscious thought. I argue that the existence of aphantasic thoughts shows that aphantasic sometimes have conscious thoughts without any sensory mental imagery. This is significant because some accounts of conscious thought in the philosophy literature require sensory mental imagery in order to count as being conscious."

How has the project gone?

Lennon: "The project has been successful. I was able to complete a manuscript over the summer thanks to the GRA funding, revise it during the fall, and it has been accepted for publication in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Mind, vol. 3, a leading venue for philosophy of mind research. I was also fortunate to be able to talk about my research with OSU students by giving a talk on aphantasia to the OSU undergraduate philosophy club."

One of the goals of the Summer GRA is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration across departments. How did you find working with both a primary and secondary mentor on this project?

Lennon: "Discussing my project with psychologists was great—super fun and I hope to do it again in future projects!"

Learn more about Preston Lennon's work here.


 

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Shanmukha Battula
  • Improving Intelligibility of Reverberant Speech in combined Speech and Non-speech Interference
  • Home Department: Computer Science Engineering
  • Visiting Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Advisors: Dr. DeLiang Wang and Dr. Eric Healy
 
Preston Lennon
  • Aphantasia and Conscious Thought
  • Home Department: Philosophy
  • Visiting Department: Psychology
  • Advisors: Dr. Declan Smithies and Dr. Alex Petrov
 
Holly Lind-Combs
  • Using Dynamic Time Warping and Levenshtein Distances to Predict Variability in Perception of Non-Ambient Accents
  • Home Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Visiting Department: Linguistics
  • Advisors: Dr. Rachael Frush Holt and Dr. Cynthia Clopper
 
Michael McKenna
  • Validating and Extending a Whole-Brain Functional Connectivity Model of Alzheimer's Disease Pathology
  • Home Department: Psychology
  • Visiting Department: Neurology
  • Advisors: Dr. Ruchika Prakash and Dr. Douglas Scharre
 
Connor Rouillier
  • Delimiting the Boundary Between Object File Representation and Ensemble Representation of Plural Objects and its Interaction With Morphological Form
  • Home Department: Linguistics
  • Visiting Department: Psychology
  • Advisors: Dr. Andrea Sims and Dr. Nikole Patson
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Kristina Bowdrie
  • Effects of Parental Self Efficacy and Involvement in Early Intervention
  • Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Dr. Rachael Frush Holt
 
Samantha Burgess
  • Visual Cues as an Aid in the Auditory Segregation of Music
  • Department of Music Theory, Dr. Laura Wagner
 
Sammy Gardner
  • Situating Gesture in Musical Understanding
  • Department of Music, Dr. Laura Wagner
 
Eric Johnson
  • Improving Speech Intelligibility Using Machine Learning
  • Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Dr. DeLiang Wang
 
Victoria Sevich
  • Are Phonological Representations in CI Users Similar to "Normal"?
  • Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Dr. Cynthia Clopper
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Bethany Frick 
  • Lexical Categories in Children with Autism who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Home Department: Speech and Hearing Science; Advisor: Allison Bean
  • Visiting Department: Psychology; Advisor: Laura Wagner
 
Eric Johnson
  • Using AI to Solve the Speech-in-Noise Problem
  • Home Department: Speech & Hearing Science; Advisor: Eric Healy 
  • Visiting Department: Computer Science and Engineering; Advisor: DiLiang Wang
 
Elizabeth Monzingo
  • MRI Investigation of Neural Differences in Aural Skills between Pianists and Non-Pianist Musicians
  • Home Department: Music; Advisor: Daniel Shanahan
  • Visiting Department: Speech & Hearing Science; Advisor: Yune Lee
 
Lindsey Reymore
  • Investigating the Neural Bases of Crossmodal Descriptions of Musical Timbre
  • Home Department: Music; Advisor: Dan Shanahan
  • Visiting Department: Speech and Hearing Science; Advisor: Yune Lee
 
Ben Seicol
  • Characterization of calcium-dependent changes in synaptic function of the endbulb of Held in the cochlear nucleus following noise-induced hearing loss in young mice.
  • Home Department: Otolaryngology; Advisor: Ruili Xie
  • Visiting Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences; Advisor: Yune Lee
 
Nicholas Shea
  • Ecological Models of Communication in Vernacular Musical Styles
  • Home Department: Music Theory; Advisor: Anna Gawboy
  • Visiting Department: Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design; Advisor: Vita Berezina-Blackburn
 
Ying Yu
  • Testing the Appearance of Change in 3D Shape in a Virtual-Reality Environment
  • Home Department: Psychology; Advisor: Alexander Petrov
  • Visiting Department: Department of Philosophy; Computer Science and Engineering; Advisor: Declan Smithies; Jian Chen
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Aaron Argall
  • A Programmable Neural Interface Mimicking Synaptic Plasticity
  • Home Department: College of Medicine, Advisor: Min Zhou
  • Visiting Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering ,  Advisor: Liang Guo
 
Andrew Blank
  • Contributions of Caregiver Stress and Self-Efficacy to Neurocognitive Outcomes for Children with Hearing Loss
  • Home Department: Speech and Hearing Science, Advisor: Rachael Frush Holt
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Advisor: Dr. Laura Wagner
 
Qianli Feng
  • A PCA functional alignment in fMRI multi-voxel pattern analysis
  • Home Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering; Advisor: Aleix Martinez   
  • Visiting Department: Psychology; Advisor: Julie Golomb
 
Trevor Marcho
  • Exploring the effects of music and movement on cognitive behaviors of patients with Parkinson's Disease: A pilot study
  • Home Department: Music; Advisor: Eugenia Costa-Giomi
  • Visiting Department: Speech & Hearing Science; Advisor: Yune Lee
 
Lindsey Reymore
  • Color and Tone Color: Audio-Visual Crossmodal Correspondences with Musical Instrument Timbre
  • Home Department: Music; Advisor: Anna Gawboy
  • Visiting Department: Psychology; Advisor: Delwin Lindsey
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Lifeng Jin
  • Help training better doctors: deep paraphrase detection with semi-supervision for virtual patients      
  • Home Department: Linguistics, Advisor: Dr. William Schuler
  • Visiting Department: Computer Science and Engineering, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Eric Fosler-Lussier
 
Zack Jones
  • Processing indexical phonetic variability in children
  • Home Department: Linguistics, Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Clopper
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Laura Wagner
 
Katherine Miller
  • Children’s Perceptual Capabilities with a Near Accent and a Distant Dialect
  • Home Department: Speech and Hearing Science, Advisor: Dr. Rachael Frush Holt
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Laura Wagner
 
Ramprakash Srinivasan
  • A Common Neural Basis for Production, Recalling and Perception of Facial Actions in Humans
  • Home Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Advisor: Dr. Aleix Martinez
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Julie Golomb
 
Jordan Vasko
  • Parameter Optimization for a Technique to Segregate Speech from Noise for Individuals with Hearing Loss
  • Home Department: Speech and Hearing Science, Advisor: Dr. Eric Healy
  • Visiting Department: Computer Science and Engineering, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Deliang Wang
 
Ying Yu
  • The Veridicality of Human 3D Shape Perception
  • Home Department: Psychology, Advisor: Dr. Alex Petrov
  • Visiting Department: Philosophy, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Declan Smithies
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Lucia Bennetti
  • Musical Scoundscapes of Deaf Infants
  • Home Department: Music, Advisor: Dr. Eugenia Costa-Giomi
  • Visiting Department: Otolarynology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Derek Houston
 
Brittney Carter
  • Testing an Advanced Technique to Derive Speech Band Importance Functions
  • Home Department: Speech & Hearing Science, Advisor: Dr. Eric Healy
  • Visiting Department: Eye and Ear Institute, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Federick Apoux
 
Jordan Prox
  • A Biological Brain Pacemaker for Selective Neuronal Pacing in the Hippocampus Ex Vivo
  • Home Department: Neuroscience, Advisor: Dr. Min Zhou
  • Visiting Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Liang Guo
 
Brittney Schirda
  • A Multilevel Examination of Trait Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation in Multiple Sclerosis
  • Home Department: Psychology, Advisor: Dr. Ruchika Prakash
  • Visiting Department: Neurology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Michael Racke
 
Lindsay Warrenburg
  • Evaluating Emotional Perspective Induced by Music Listening
  • Home Department: Music, Advisor: Dr. David Huron
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Lisa Libby
 
Xiao Wu
  • Investigate the Neural Substrates of Phonological Access by Using an Artificial Language
  • Home Department: Psychology, Advisor: Dr. Zhong-Lin Lu
  • Visiting Department: East Asian Language and Literature, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Marjorie Chan
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Daniel Berman
  • Topographic Maps of Depth in Human Visual Cortex
  • Home Department: Psychology, Advisor: Dr. Julie Golomb
  • Visiting Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Aleix Martinez
 
Ellen Dossey
  • Effect of Social Biases on Phonetic Imitation
  • Home Department: Linguistics, Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Clopper
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Laura Wagner
 
Tarek Farouni
  • Decoding the Pixels of Face Image from the Voxels of fMRI BOLD Activity Patterns
  • Home Department: Psychology, Advisor: Dr. Zhong-Lin Lu
  • Visiting Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Aleix Martinez
 
Ramprakash Srinvasan
  • Understanding Facial Expressions of Emotion - A Functional Neuro-Imaging
  • Home Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Advisor: Dr. Aleix Martinez
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Julie Golomb
 
Caitlyn Trevor
  • Animated Performance: "Better" Music Means Larger Movements
  • Home Department: Music, Advisor: Dr. David Huron
  • Visiting Department: Design/ACCAD, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Maria Palazzi
 
Yongchen Wang
  • Highly Efficient Acoustic Neural Stimulation Enabled by Piezoelectric Zinc Oxide Nanowires
  • Home Department: Biomedical Engineering, Advisor: Dr. Gunjan Agarwal
  • Visiting Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering & Neuroscience, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Liang Guo
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Claire Arthur
  • Can Distractors Inhibit a ‘Chills’ Response to Music?
  • Home Department: Music, Advisor: Dr. David Huron
  • Visiting Department: Psycholog, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Andrew Leber
 
Evan Jaffe
  • A Novel Word Space Model for Measuring Semantic Similarity
  • Home Department: Linguistics, Advisor: Dr. William Schuler
  • Visiting Department: Computer Science and Engineering, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Eric Fosler-Lussier
 
Kodi Weatherholtz
  • The Bounds of Flexibility in Spoken Word Recognition: Cross-talker and Cross-system Generalization of Perceptual Learning for Speech
  • Home Department: Linguistics, Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Clopper
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Mark Pitt
 
Hyungwook Yim
  • Genetic and Neural Basis of Episodic Memory Development
  • Home Department: Psychology, Advisor: Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky
  • Visiting Department: Pediatrics, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Christopher Bartlett
 
Sarah Yoho
  • Improving Extraction of Speech from Noise Using a Novel “Variable-LC” Technique
  • Home Department: Speech and Hearing Science, Advisor: Dr. Eric Healy
  • Visiting Department: Computer Science and Engineering, Visiting Advisor: Dr. DeLiang Wang
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Claire Arthur
  • Investigating Talent as a Factor of Music Appreciation
  • Home Department: School of Music, Advisor: Dr. David Hurron
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Andrew Leber
 
Nathan Condit-Schultz
  • Rhyme and Rhythmic Organization in Poetry and Rap
  • Home Department: School of Music, Advisor: Dr. David Hurron
  • Visiting Department: Linguistics, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Mary E. Beckerman
 
Alisha Janssen
  • Cognitive Training for Relapsing- Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: Broad Transfer to Executive Functioning Attention and Manual Dexterity
  • Home Department: Psychology, Advisor: Dr. Ruckika Shaurya Prakash
  • Visiting Department: Neurology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Aaron Boster
 
Qingyang Yan
  • The Development of Perceptual Dialect Categories from Childhood through Adulthood
  • Home Department: Linguistics, Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Clopper
  • Visiting Department: Psychology, Visiting Advisor: Dr. Laura Wagner
 
Hyungwook Yim
  • Developmental Mechanisms for Episodic Memory