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Chantel Prat

Associate Professor

Interests: Brain Basis of Individual Differences in Language and Cognitive Abilities, Right Hemisphere Language, Working Memory, Bilingualism, Second Language Learning and Proficiency, Reading Ability

Contact

Phone (206) 685-8610
E-mail csprat@uw.edu
Website(s) Website

Advising

Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
Yes
Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?
I am NOT accepting graduate students in 2020-2021
Advising Areas:
Cognition and Perception
Advising notes:
I would encourage you to contact me in advance to see if your interests and my own are a good match!

Research

My research investigates the nature of individual differences in language and cognitive abilities. My current work at the Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Laboratory employs the combination of functional neuroimaging (fMRI), Electroencephalography, (EEG), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and behavioral paradigms to investigate the neural basis of individual differences in language and cognition. I am particularly interested in how biology and experience interact to give rise to complex cognitive abilities.

In line with these goals, one of my current research projects seeks to identify individual differences in second language aptitude, or the ability to acquire a second language in adulthood, using combined behavioral and neural indices.

Selected Publications

  • Long, D. L., & Prat, C. S. (2002). Working memory and Stroop interference: An individual differences investigation. Memory & Cognition, 30, 294-301.
  • Long, D. L., Prat, C. S., Johns, C. L., Morris, P. E., & Jonathan, E. (2008). The importance of knowledge in vivid text memory: An individual-differences investigation of recollection and familiarity. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 15(3), 604-609.
  • Mills, D., Plunkett, K., Prat. C., & Schaffer, G. (2005). Watching the infant brain learn words: Effects of vocabulary size and experience. Cognitive Development, 10, 19-31.
  • Prat, C. S. & Just, M. A. (2008). Brain bases of individual differences in cognition. Psychological Science Agenda, 22(5)
  • Prat, C. S., Keller, T. A., & Just, M. A. (2007). Individual differences in sentence comprehension: An fMRI investigation of syntactic and lexical processing demands. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(12), 1950-1963.
  • Prat, C. S., Long, D. L., & Baynes, K. (2007). The representation of discourse in the two hemispheres: An individual differences investigation. Brain and Language, 100(3), 283-294.
  • Prat, C. S., Mason, R. A., & Just, M. A. (2011). Individual differences in the neural basis of Causal Inferencing. Brain and Language
  • Stocco, A., & Prat, C. S. (2014). Bilingualism trains specific brain circuits involved in flexible rule selection and application. Brain and Language, 137, 50-61.
  • Yamasaki, B. L. & Prat, C. S. (2014). The importance of managing interference for second language reading ability: An individual differences investigation. Discourse Processes, 51, 445-467.

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