My CV

EMPLOYMENT

Present

Postdoctoral Research Associate | University of Arizona
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory
Department of Psychology
Principle Investigator: Dr. Vicky Tzuyin Lai

 

EDUCATION

2017

Ph.D. | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Linguistics
Dissertation: Reading between the lines: Psycholinguistic indices of prediction, frequency and formulaicity in language comprehension
Adviser: Dr. Darren Tanner
Committee members: Dr. Kiel Christianson, Dr. Susan Garnsey, Dr. Tania Ionin
Date of completion: June 2017
Certificate: Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education (SLATE)

2013

M.A. | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Linguistics

2011

M.A. | Northern Illinois University
Department of English

2009

B.A. | Northern Illinois University

 

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2016

Beckman Graduate Fellowship (8/16/2016 – 7/15/2017)
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology
Urbana, IL

Summer Dissertation Fellowship (6/15/2016 – 8/15/2016)
Department of Linguistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

2015

NSF BCS-1528701 (8/1/2015 – 7/31/2017)
“Doctoral Dissertation Research: Psycholinguistic and Neurocognitive Indices of Prediction in Processing Nonliteral and Fixed Expressions”
Role: Co-PI; PI: Darren Tanner; Co-PI: Kiel Christianson
Total costs: $19,025

 

PUBLICATIONS

Bulkes, N., Christianson, K., & Tanner, D. (2018). Semantic constraint, reading control, and the granularity of form-based expectations during sentence processing: Evidence from ERPs. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Bulkes, N. & Lai, V. T. (2018). Breaking the freezing ice: An electrophysiological investigation of the flexibility of configurational recognition. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Armstrong, A., Bulkes, N. Z., & Tanner, D. (2017). Use of quantificational cues in the processing of English subject-verb agreement by native Chinese speakers: An ERP study. Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Bulkes, N. Z. & Tanner, D. (2016). “Going to town”: Large-scale norming and statistical analysis of 870 American English idioms. Behavior Research Methods, 1-12.

Tanner, D. & Bulkes, N. Z. (2015). Cues, quantification, and agreement in language comprehension. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22(6), 1753-1763.

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Bulkes, N., & V. T. Lai (March, 2018). Beating around the evergreen bush: Conventionality violations elicit P300. Poster to be presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. Davis, California.

Bulkes, N., K. Christianson, & D. Tanner (March, 2018). Natural reading facilitates forming fine-grained orthographic expectations: ERP Evidence. Poster to be presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. Davis, California.

Bulkes, N. Z., K. Christianson, & D. Tanner (November, 2017). Self-paced reading shows visual prediction is fine-grained when reading is more natural. Poster presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Bulkes, N. Z. & D. Tanner (March, 2017). Sentential constraint modulates N170 effects to unexpected wordforms: ERP evidence. Poster presented at the 30th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bulkes, N. Z. & D. Tanner (March, 2017). Neurocognitive effects of sentential constraint in visual word recognition. Poster presented at the 2017 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Bulkes, N. Z. & D. Tanner. (November, 2016). From the ground up: Interactions of visual word recognition and semantic constraint during comprehension. Poster presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Boston, Massachusetts.

Bulkes, N. Z., K. Christianson, D. Tanner. (November, 2016) Effects of semantic opacity on prediction during native and nonnative reading. Poster presented at the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, Massachusetts.

Armstrong, A., N. Z. Bulkes, D. Tanner. (November, 2016) Use of quantificational cues in the processing of English subject-verb agreement by native Chinese speakers. Poster presented at the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, Massachusetts.

Bulkes, N. Z., K. Christianson, D. Tanner. (October, 2016) Reading between the lines: Effects of frequency and formulaicity in comprehension. Poster presented at the Tenth International Conference on the Mental Lexicon. Ottawa, Canada.

Bulkes, N. Z., K. Christianson, & D. Tanner. The influence of semantic opacity on prediction in L1 and L2 language comprehension. Oral presentation delivered at the 35th Second Language Research Forum, New York, New York.

Bulkes, N. Z., & D. Tanner. A piece of ckae: Neurocognitive indices of prediction and sentential constraint during visual word recognition. Poster presented at the 2016 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, New York City, New York.

Shantz, K., N. Z. Bulkes, C. Krebs, A. Reyes, A. Armstrong, & D. Tanner. What’s in a P600? Sometimes a lot of N400. Identifying antecedents of ERP response variability in grammatical agreement processing. Poster presented at the 2016 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, New York City, New York.

Tanner, D., N. Z. Bulkes, K. Shantz, C. Krebs, & A. Reyes. Morphological antecedents of individual variability in agreement comprehension: ERP evidence. Poster presented at the 29th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Gainesville, Florida.

Tanner, D. & N. Bulkes (November, 2015). The reliability and stability of individual differences in ERP measures of language comprehension. Poster presented at the 2015 Psychonomic Society Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Cole, J., Berry, D., McElwain, N. L., Bulkes, N., Mahrt, T., & Emery, H. T. (June 2015). Linking pitch prosody and affective behavior in mother-child interaction. Paper presented at the Workshop on Prosodic Development at the International Biennial Conference on Phonetics and Phonology, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Berry, D., McElwain, N. L., Cole, J., Bulkes, N., Mahrt, T., & Emery, H. T. (May 2015). Inside the ‘Black Box’ of maternal sensitivity: Micro-developmental links between maternal speech prosody and child affect. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, New York, New York.

Bulkes, N. Z. & Tanner, D. (2015, April). Going to town: Large-scale norming and statistical analysis of 870 idioms. Oral presentation delivered at the 7th Annual Illinois Language and Linguistics Society meeting, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Bulkes, N. Z. & Tanner, D. (2015, March). Agreement by number: Neurocognitive effects of quantification in agreement comprehension. Poster presented at the 28th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Los Angeles, California.

Bulkes, N. Z. & Tanner, D. (2015, March). Neural responses show effects of quantification during processing of agreement dependencies. Poster presented at the 2015 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, San Francisco, California.

Tanner, D. & Bulkes, N. Z. (2014, November). Eye movements reveal asymmetric effects of grammatical number in the processing of subject-verb agreement. Poster presented at the 2014 Psychonomic Society Meeting, Long Beach, California.

 

GRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2013-2016 Research Assistant
Electrophysiology and Language Processing Lab.
Adviser: Dr. Darren Tanner

2013-2016 Research Assistant
Maternal-Prosody Project.
Advisers: Dr. Nancy McElwain and Dr. Jennifer S. Cole

 

GRADUATE TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Spring 2016 Instructor | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Language, Mind, & Brain

Fall 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Language, Mind, & Brain

Summer 2013, 2014 Instructor | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Principles of Oral Communication

Fall 2012 Invited lecture | Northern Illinois University
Research Methodology
“Reworking methodology”

Spring 2012-2013 Instructor | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ESL501, Intro to Academic Writing

Fall 2011-Spring 2013 Head TA | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fall 2011 Instructor | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ESL500, Oral and Written Communication

Fall 2010 Writing tutor | Northern Illinois University
Tutor 16 students in the Writers Workshop for 12 weeks

Fall 2009, 2010 Instructor | Northern Illinois University
Rhetoric and Composition I

Spring 2010 Instructor | Northern Illinois University Rhetoric and Composition II

 

AWARDS & HONORS

2016 Best Student Poster Presentation – 10th Mental Lexicon Conference
Ottawa, Ontario

2016 Conference travel award – Department of Linguistics
Funds awarded for travel to Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference in New York, NY

2015 CUNY Conference travel award
Funds awarded by the conference committee for travel to 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing in Los Angeles, Calif.

2015 Graduate College travel award
Funds awarded for travel to 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing in Los Angeles, Calif.

2014 Conference travel award – Department of Linguistics
Funds awarded for travel to Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference in Boston, Massachusetts

2013 Beckman Institute Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Award
Funds awarded for research project using ERPs to examine visual word recognition and sentential constraint

2012 Citizenship award – Department of Linguistics
Service to the department, for organization of ILLS4, the department’s graduate-student-run academic conference with 3 other co-chairs

 

SERVICE

2018 31st Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing abstract reviewer
Volunteer peer reviewer on abstracts submitted to the CUNY Conference

2017 Invited speaker – Panel on how to get a postdoctoral position
University of Arizona Postdoctoral Association
University of Arizona

2015-2017 Student representative on Capricious Grading Committee
Volunteer to review, alongside departmental faculty, any grievances brought up by students regarding grades
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2016 GALANA 7 Abstract reviewer
Volunteer peer reviewer on abstracts submitted to the 7th GALANA Conference

2014-2016 ILLS Abstract reviewer
Volunteer peer reviewer on abstracts submitted to the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society meeting

2011- 2013 Database Coordinator of ESL writing anthology
Initiate, edit, and organize exemplary student work for online teaching aid for use in the ESL writing service courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2011-2012 ILLS4 Conference organizer
One of 4 co-chairs organizing the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society 4 (ILLS4), graduate-student conference in Urbana, Illinois

2010-2011 MCLLM Conference organizer
One of 3 co-chairs organizing the graduate-student run Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language and Media (MCLLM) 2011 in DeKalb, Illinois

 

MEMBERSHIPS & PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Cognitive Neuroscience Society (July 2013 – present)
Linguistics Society of America (August 2009 – present)
Psychonomic Society (August 2015 – present)
Society for the Neurobiology of Language (July 2013 – present)

 

SKILLS

Adobe Creative Suite
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
R (statistical analysis)
SPSS (statistical analysis)