Sayako Earle was awarded the Ruth L. Kirshchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) through the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). The NRSA is a 2-year fellowship that supports doctoral dissertation research relevant to the mission of the NIH.
Her project is entitled “Phonetic learning in adults with and without language impairment.” This work stems from an ongoing line of research with her mentor, Emily Myers (myerslab.uconn.edu), on the 24-hour time course of encoding non-native speech sounds in memory. Her proposal extends this investigation into adults with a history of language impairment, in order to examine how acoustic-phonetic features are retained over time in this population. Congratulations and well done!