Laura Batterink

B.A., 2007: Middlebury College (Neuroscience)

Ph.D., 2012: University of Oregon (Cognitive Neuroscience)

I attended graduate school at the University of Oregon, where I was advised by Dr. Helen Neville. My dissertation used ERPs to examine implicit and explicit contributions to different aspects of language processing and language acquisition. I am currently a postdoctoral trainee at Northwestern University supported on an F32 NIH fellowship, working with Drs. Ken Paller and Paul Reber.

Research Interests:

Broadly, my research focuses on understanding how implicit and explicit memory contribute to language acquisition and related learning mechanisms. I am also interested in examining how sleep-related consolidation processes contribute to different aspects of language and learning. An underlying motivation of this work is to characterize how various key aspects of language differ in terms of their processing and acquisition throughout the lifespan, with a view towards understanding difficulties characteristic of second-language acquisition. I primarily use EEG/ERPs to investigate these questions.

Other Interests

· Competitive running

· Hiking, camping and being outside

· Travelling


Batterink, L., Creery, J., & Paller, K.A. (in press). Phase of spontaneous slow oscillations during sleep influences memory-related processing of auditory cues. Journal of Neuroscience.

Batterink, L. & Paller, K.A. (2015). Sleep-based memory processing facilitates grammatical generalization: Evidence from targeted memory reactivation. Brain and Language. Special Issue on Sleep and Language Learning.

Batterink, L. Reber, P. J., & Paller, K.A. (2015). Functional differences between statistical learning with and without explicit training. Learning and Memory, 22, 544-556.

Batterink, L., Reber, P. J., Neville, H., & Paller, K.A. (2015). Implicit and explicit contributions to statistical learning. Journal of Memory and Language, 83, 62-78.

Batterink, L., Oudiette, D., Reber, P. J., & Paller, K. A. (2014). Sleep facilitates learning a new linguistic rule. Neuropsychologia, 65, 169-179.

Batterink, L. & Neville, H. (2014). ERPs recorded during early second language exposure predict syntactic learning. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 2005-2020.

Batterink, L. & Neville, H. (2013). The human brain processes syntax in the absence of conscious awareness. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 8528-8533.

Batterink, L. & Neville, H. (2013). Implicit and explicit second language training recruit common neural mechanisms for syntactic processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 936-951.

Batterink, L., Karns, C.M., & Neville, H. (2012). Dissociable mechanisms supporting awareness: The P300 and gamma in a linguistic attentional blink task. Cerebral Cortex, 22, 2733-2744.

Kimble, O.M, Batterink, L., Marks, E., Ross, C., & Fleming, K. (2012). Negative expectancies in posttraumatic stress disorder: Neurophysiological (N400) and behavioral evidence. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 849-855.

Batterink, L., & Neville, H. (2011). Implicit and explicit mechanisms of word learning in a narrative context: An event-related potential study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3181-3196.

Batterink, L., Spoor, S., & Stice, E. (2010). Body mass correlates inversely with inhibitory control in response to food in adolescent girls: An fMRI study. NeuroImage, 52, 1696-1703.

Batterink, L., Karns, C. M., Yamada, Y., & Neville, H. (2010). The role of awareness in semantic and syntactic processing: An ERP attentional blink study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 2514-2529.