Refereed Published Abstracts

Kartheiser, G. & Petitto, L.A. (November, 2017). The impact of age of language exposure on spatial working memory using fNIRS neuroimaging. Poster, Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Manini, B., Kartheiser, G., Stone, A., Merla, A., & Petitto, L.A. (November, 2017). Evidence of maturational processes in linguistic brain (fNIRS) and psychological emotional (Thermal IR) responses in hearing infants to signing virtual humans. Poster, Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Manini, B., Tsui, K., Stone, A., Scassellati, B., Traum, D., Merla, A., & Petitto, L.A. (April, 2017). Physiological and behavioral correlates of babies’ social engagement with robot and virtual human artificial intelligence agents. In L.A. Petitto (Chair), Discoveries about infant language learning and “readiness to learn” from integrated fNIRS, thermal IR, robot, and avatar sciences. Symposium conducted at Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Merla, A. & Manini, B. (April, 2017). Assessing emotions and arousal in developmental psychophysiology studies with thermal infrared imaging. In L.A. Petitto (Chair), Discoveries about infant language learning and “readiness to learn” from integrated fNIRS, thermal IR, robot, and avatar sciences. Symposium conducted at Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Stone, A., Manini, B., Kartheiser, G., Malzkuhn, M., Langdon, C., Merla, A., & Petitto, L.A. (April, 2017). Detecting the rhythmic temporal patterning of language: Infants’ neural, physiological, and behavioral sensitivity. In L.A. Petitto (Chair), Discoveries about infant language learning and “readiness to learn” from integrated fNIRS, thermal IR, robot, and avatar sciences. Symposium conducted at Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Scassellati, B., Traum, D., Tsui, K., Shapiro, A., Petitto, L.A. (April, 2017). The RAVE: Designing technology-based interactions for deaf infants. In L.A. Petitto (Chair), Discoveries about infant language learning and “readiness to learn” from integrated fNIRS, thermal IR, robot, and avatar sciences. Symposium conducted at Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Petitto, L.A. (April, 2017). Discoveries about infant language learning and “readiness to learn” from integrated fNIRS, thermal IR, robot, and avatar sciences. Symposium chair, Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Stone, A., Bosworth, R., & Petitto, L.A. (January, 2017). Sonority in lexicalized fingerspelling: Perception studies with infants and adults. In D. Brentari (Chair), The phonology of sign language fingerspelling: Beyond handshape sequences. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, Austin, TX.

Stone, A., Manini, B., Kartheiser, G., Langdon, C., Merla, A., & Petitto, L.A. (November, 2016). Infants’ sensitivity to visual rhythmic-temporal patterning of language: An integrated fNIRS neuroimaging, thermal infrared imaging, and eye tracking investigation. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA. View Poster

Kartheiser, G., Stone, A., Petitto, L.A., & Allen, T. (January, 2016). Measuring visuospatial memory span in signers: Differences in the manual and computerized Corsi block tapping tests. 12th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR), Melbourne, Australia.

Stone, A., Bosworth, R., & Petitto, L.A. (January, 2016). Perceptual sensitivity to sonority in visual language: Native signers & naïve infants. 12th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR), Melbourne, Australia.

Petitto, L.A., Stone, A., Andriola, D., & Langdon, C. (October, 2015). Age of sign-speech bilingual language exposure and syntactic processing in deaf individuals with cochlear implants using functional near infrared spectroscopy. Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL. (Stone true first author here.) View Poster

Stone, A., Bosworth, R., & Petitto, L.A. (July 2015, accepted abstract, not presented). “Infant Attraction to Visual Language.” 2nd International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Petitto, L.A., Langdon, C., & Stone, A. (2015, March). Early sign language experience and visual attention in young deaf readers: an eye tracking and fNIRS investigation. In K. MacDonald & A. Fernald (Chairs), New Approaches to Understanding Human Language: Insights from Neuroimaging and Behavioral Studies of Visual Language Learning. Paper delivered in the symposium at the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA. (Paper delivered by Stone.)

Kovelman, I., Bisconti, S., Shulkin, M., Basura, G., Kilney, P., Langdon, C., and Petitto, L.A. (2014, November). “Shining Light on Hearing with Cochlear Implants: fNIRS Brain Imaging Study”. Workshop given in the 2014 ASHA Convention. Orlando, Florida. (Kovelman true first author here.)

Jasinska, K. Berens, M., Kovelman, I. & Petitto, L.A., (2014, April).  Shedding New Light on Reading in Spanish-English and French-English Bilingual Children: an fNIRS Investigation. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Boston, MA. View Poster

Jasinska, K., Langdon, C., and Petitto, L. A. (2013, November). Does Early Exposure to a Visual Signed Language ‘hurt’ Auditory Language Tissue Development: Evidence from fNIRS Neuroimaging of Language Processing in Deaf Individuals with Cochlear Implants. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, California. View Poster

Jasinska, K. & Petitto, L.A. (2013, April). Age of Bilingual Exposure Predicts Distinct Contributions of Phonological and Semantic Knowledge to Successful Reading Development. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA. View Poster

Jasinska, K., & Petitto, L.A. (2013, February). Age of Bilingual Exposure Predicts Distinct Contributions of Phonological and Semantic Knowledge to Successful Reading Development. Poster presented at the annual National Science Foundation inter-Science of Learning Center Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Jasinska, K., & Petitto, L.A. (2013, February). Age of Bilingual Exposure Predicts Distinct Contributions of Phonological and Semantic Knowledge to Successful Reading Development. Poster presented at the annual National Science Foundation inter Science of Learning Center Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Jasinska, K., & Petitto, L.A. (2012, October). Temporal Dynamics of Bilingual Language Processing as a New Lens into Human Brain Lateralization: an fNIRS study. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference. New Orleans, LA. View Poster

Jasinska, K., & Petitto, L.A. (2011, November). Dual language exposure in infancy can change neural and language processing in the developing brain: an fNIRS investigation. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference. Washington, DC. View Abstract

Jasinska, K., Jowkar-Baniani, G., Ahmed, F., Forster, E., Bhasin-Laceman, S., Naimi, A, Petitto, L.A., and Dunbar, K.N. (2011, November). Simultaneous imaging of neural activations of women and men in real-time conversation using fNIRS. Poster presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference. Washington, DC. View Abstract | View Poster

Jasinska, K., Malkowski, M., & Petitto, L.A. (2011, April). How the Bilingual Reading Experience Can Change a Developing Brain: New Insights from fNIRS. Poster presented at the biannual Society for Research in Child Development conference. Montreal, QC. View Poster

Jasinska, K., & Petitto, L. A. (November 15, 2010). “Neural Correlates of syntactic processing in monolingual and bilingual children using event-related Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Imaging. Presented at 2010 Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA. View Poster

Dubins, M., Berens. M.S., Kovelman, I., Shalinsky, M., Williams, L. J.,Petitto, L. A. (2009, October). Monolingual and Bilingual Baby Brains: A New Look at Infant Phonetic Discrimination Using Event-Related fNIRS. Presented at 2009 Society for Neuroscience Conference. Chicago, IL.  View Poster

Berens, M.S., Kovelman, I., Petitto, L. A. (2009, April). Comparing two-way bilingual instruction programs: Is it best to teach reading in both languages at the same time or in sequence? Presented at Biennial Society for Research in Child Development Conference. Denver, CO.  View Poster

Dubins, M., White, K., Berens, M.S., Kovelman, I., Shalinsky, M.H., Petitto, L. A. (2009, April). The Neural Basis of Infant Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Sound Processing Seen Through the New Light of fNIRS. Presented at Biennial Society for Research in Child Development conference. Denver, CO.  View Poster

Berens, M.S., Kovelman, I., Dubins, M., Shalinksky, M.H., & Petitto, L. A.(2009, March). Shedding new light on reading in bilingual and monolingual children. Presented at the 2009 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. San Francisco, CA.  View Poster

Dubins, M., Berens, M.S., Kovelman, I., Shalinsky, M.H., & Petitto, L. A.(2009, March). An Oddball investigation of Monolingual and Bilingual Infants’ Phonetic Discrimination using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). Presented at the 2009 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. San Francisco, CA.  View Poster

Berens, M.S., Nelson, J.K., Petitto, L. A., & Dunbar, K.N (2008, November). Identification of Potentially Influential Genes in Pursuing Expertise in the Performing Arts.” Presented at 2008 Society for Neuroscience conference. Washington, DC. Abstract selected by the Public Education and Communications Committee to be included in the annual press release of major discoveries in 2008.  View Poster

Kovelman, I., Shalinsky, M., White, K., Schmitt, S.N., Berens, M.S., & Petitto, L. A. (2008). fNIRS Brain Imaging Investigation of Bilingualism: A new view from Sign-Speech Bimodal Bilinguals. Presented at annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference. San Francisco, CA.  View Poster

White, K., Kovelman, I., Shalinsky, M., McKenney, D., Berens, M.S.,Dubins, M. & Petitto, L. A. (2008). The Neural Basis of Infant Phonological Processing Seen Through the New Light of fNIRS. Presented at Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference. San Francisco, CA.  View Poster

Berens, M.S., Kovelman, I., & Petitto, L. A.(2007, September). Teaching reading in two languages : Should we teach both languages at the same time or in sequence? Presented at Annual European Second Language Acquisition Conference. Newcastle, UK.  View Poster

Berens, M.S., Kovelman, I., & Petitto, L. A. (2007, May). Benefits of Childhood Music Training on New Language Learning. Presented at annual Association for Psychological Science conference. Washington, DC.  View Document

Berens, M.S., Kovelman, I., White, K.S., Shalinsky, M.H., Gramacy, R., & Petitto. L. A. (2007, May). Cognitive benefits and neural processing following early and continued arts training in dance. Presented at annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference. New York, NY.  View Poster

Shalinsky, M.H., Kovelman, I., Berens, M.S., & Petitto, L. A. (2006, October). Near-infrared spectroscopy: shedding light on the neurological signature of bilingualism. Presented at 2006 Society for Neuroscience conference. Atlanta, GA.

Kovelman, I., Berens, M.S., & Petitto, L. A. (2006, May). “Teaching reading to young bilinguals: Is whole word or phonics the answer?” Presented at biannual Language Acquisition and Bilingualism: Consequences for a Multilingual Society. Toronto, Ontario.

Kovelman, I., Baker, S.A., & Petitto, L. A.(2005, April). “Age of bilingual language exposure as a new window into bilingual reading development.” Presented at biannual The Society for Research in Child Development conference. Atlanta, GA.

Kovelman, I., Baker, S.A., Grafton, S.T., & Petitto, L. A. (2005, March).“Bilingual and monolingual brains compared: Is there a neurological signature of bilingualism?” Presented at International Symposium on Bilingualism conference. Barcelona, Spain.

Newman-Norlund, R. D., Petitto, L. A., & Grafton, S.T. (2004, April). “ERP response to ungrammaticality in well-learned spoken or gestural artificial languages.” Presented at 2004 Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference. San Francisco, CA.

Baker, S.A., Kovelman, I., Bialystok, E. & Petitto, L. A. (2003, November). “Bilingual children’s complex linguistic experience yields acognitive advantage.” Presented at 2003 Society For Neuroscience conference. New Orleans, LA.

Norton, E., Baker, S., & Petitto, L. A. (2003, July). “Bilingual infants’ perception of hand shapes in American Sign Language,” Published abstract, University of Pennsylvania Institute for Research in Cognitive Science Summer Workshop. Philadelphia, PA.

Baker, S.A., Sootsman, J.L., Petitto, L. A., & Golinkoff, R. (2003, April). “Hearing four-month-olds’ perception of handshapes in American Sign Language: No experience required.” Presented at biannual The Society for Research in Child Development conference. Tampa, FL.

Petitto, L. A., Kovelman, I., & Harasymowycz, U. (2003, April). “Bilingual Language Development: Does learning the new damage the old?” Presented at biannual Society for Research in Child Development conference. Tampa, FL.

Kovelman, I., & Petitto, L. A. (2003, April). States of language development in bilingual children exposed to their other language at different ages. Presented at International Symposium on Bilingualism conference. Phoenix, AZ.

Kovelman, I., & Petitto, L. A. (2002, November). “Bilingual babies’ maturational and linguistic milestones as a function of their age of first exposure to two languages.” Presented at 2002 The Society forNeuroscience conference. Orlando, FL.

Holowka, S., & Petitto, L. A. (2001, November). “Left hemisphere cerebralspecialization for babies while babbling.” Presented at annual 2001 Society for Neuroscience conference. San Diego, CA.

Petitto, L. A., & Holowka, S. (2001, April). “What meaningless baby babbling can teach us about the underpinnings of human language.” Presented at biannual The Society for Research in Child Development conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Holowka, S., Kovelman, I., & Petitto, L. A. (2001, April). “What young bilingual children know about the meanings of words.” Presented at biannual The Society for Research in Child Development conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Cismaru, R., Penhune, V.B., Petitto, L. A., Dorsaint-Pierre, R., Klein, D., & Zatorre, R.J. (1999, October).“Auditory cortex morphometry in the congenitally deaf measured using MRI.” Presented at 1999 Society for Neuroscience conference. Miami, FL.

Petitto, L. A., & Katerelos, M. (1999, April). “Bilingual language acquisition in children exposed to a signed and a spoken language from birth.” Presented at The Society for Research in Child Development conference. Albuquerque, NM.

Petitto, L. A., Zatorre, R.J., Nikelski, E.J., Gauna, K., Dostie, D., & Evans, A.C. (1998, June). “By hand or by tongue: Common cerebral blood flow activation during language processing in signed and spoken languages.” Presented at Fourth International Conference on Functional Mapping of the Human Brain conference. Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Petitto, L. A., Zatorre, R.J., Nikelski, E.J., Gauna, K., Dostie, D., & Evans, A.C. (1997, October). “Cerebral organization for language in the absence of sound: A PET study of deaf signers processing signed languages.” Presented at annual 1997 Society for Neuroscience conference. New Orleans, LA.

Petitto, L. A. (1995, March). “Language Modality is set after birth:Implications for neurogenesis in the developing brain.” Presented at The Society for Research in Child Development conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Petitto, L. A. (1993, August). “New analyses of manual babbling yield new insight into the nature of early language acquisition.” Presented at European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction conference. Aix-en-Provence, France.

Petitto, L. A. (1993, March). “On manual babbling: New analyses yield new insights into the essence of early language acquisition.” Presented at The Society for Research in Child Development conference. New Orleans, LA.

Petitto, L. A., & Marentette, P. (1990, October). “The timing of linguistic milestones in sign language acquisition: Are first signs acquired earlier than first words?” Presented at The 15th Annual BostonUniversity Conference on Language Development conference, Boston, MA.

Marentette, P., Girouard, P., & Petitto, L. A. (1990, April). “Hand preference as evidence for laterality of language in the early stages of sign language acquisition.” Presented at 7th International Conference o nInfant Studies conference. Montréal, Québec.

Petitto, L. A., & Marentette, P. (1989, April). “On the equipotentiality of the auditory and visual channels for language: Evidence from sign language babbling in two distinct sign languages.” Presented at The Society for Research in Child Development conference. Kansas City, MO.

Petitto, L. A., & Kato, C. (1989, April). “‘Self-other’ pointing and the acquisition of ‘you-me’ pronouns: Does gestural knowledge facilitate the acquisition of verbal forms?” Presented at biannual The Society for Research in Child Development conference. Kansas City, MO.

Poulin-Dubois, D., & Petitto, L. A. (1989, July). “Relationship between parent’s object labeling and early categorization.” Presented at The 10th Biennial Meetings of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development conference. Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Petitto, L. A., & Charron, F. (1988, May). “The acquisition of semantic categories in two sign languages.” Presented at Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research II conference, Gallaudet University. Washington, D.C.

Petitto, L. A. (1987, July). “Theoretical and methodological issues in the study of sign language babbling: Preliminary evidence from American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des Signes Québécoise (LSQ).” Presented at Fourth International Symposium on Sign Language Research conference. Lappeenranta, Finland.

Charron, F., & Petitto, L. A. (1987, October).“Semantic categories in the acquisition of Langue des Signes Québécoise (LSQ) and American Sign Language (ASL).” Presented at Twelfth Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA.

Petitto, L. A. (1986, January). “Sign language acquisition: Evidence from American & Canadian Sign Languages.” Presented at National Symposium on Sign Language Research and Teaching. Las Vegas, NV.

Petitto, L. A. (1985, October). “On the use of pre-linguistic gestures in hearing and deaf children.” Presented at Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA.

Petitto, L. A. (June 6-8, 1985). “Theories of language acquisition: Clues from the acquisition of language in a visual-gestural mode.” Presented at Canadian Psychological Association 46th Annual Convention. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Petitto, L. A. (1985, April). “Are signed languages acquired earlier than spoken languages?” Presented at biannual The Society for Research in Child Development. Toronto, Ontario.

Petitto, L. A. (1983, March). “When you means me: The acquisition of pronominal reference in American Sign Language.” Presented at Stanford Child Language Research Forum. Stanford University, CA.

Petitto, L. A. (1983, June). “From Gesture to Symbol: The relationship betweenform and meaning in language acquisition.” Presented at III International Symposium on Sign Language Research, Instituto di Psicologia Del Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche. Rome, Italy.

Wilbur, R., & Petitto, L. A. (1980, November). “Discourse processes in American Sign Language conversations.” Presented at ASHA conference.Detroit, MI.

Seidenberg, M.S., & Petitto, L. A. (1980). “Gestures, signing and sign language: Some methodological and theoretical issues in the study of primate communication.” Presented at New York Academy of Sciences Conference on the Clever Hans Phenomena. New York, NY.

Marmor, G.S., & Petitto, L. A., (1979, March).“Simultaneous communication: A psycholinguistic analysis.” Presented at biannual The Society for Research in Child Development. San Francisco,CA.

Seidenberg, M.S., & Petitto, L. A. (1978, April). “What do signing chimpanzees have to say to linguists?” Presented at The Chicago Linguistic Society 14th Regional Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Terrace, H.S., & Petitto, L. A. (1976, November). “Structure of multi-sign sequences of an infant chimpanzee.” Presented at The Psychonomic Society. St. Louis, MO.

Warsham, R., Petitto, L. A. , & Porter, J. (1976, April). “Proactive interference and short-term memory in rats and Rhesus monkeys.”Presented at The Eastern Psychological Association.

Petitto, L. A., & Terrace, H.S. (1975, April). “Language development in aninfant chimpanzee.” Presented at The Animal Behavior Society.Wilmington, NC.Terrace, H.S., & Petitto, L. A. (1975, May). “Social and linguistic aspects of language acquisition in an infant chimpanzee.” Presented at The Northeastern Anthropological Association. Potsdam, NY.