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Elisabet Service, PhD

Full Member of ARiEAL


Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University

Chair, Graduate Program, Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University

Co-Director, Language, Memory and Brain Lab, McMaster University

Adjunct Professor (Docent), Department of Psychology and Logopedics, University of Helsinki

Togo Salmon Hall, Room 505, McMaster University
1280 Main Street West

Email: eservic@mcmaster.ca

Office Phone: (905) 525-9140 x21352

Websites: 

 

Dr. Elisabet Service is a Professor and the Graduate Program Chair in the Department of Linguistics and Languages at McMaster University. She co-directs the Language, Memory & Brain Lab with Dr. John Connolly. Their lab combines experimental behavioural methods and collaborative research studying brain responses with different methodologies (ERP, fMRI). 

Dr. Service’s research incorporates three major elements: working memory, language and dyslexia. She started her research career in Helsinki, Finland, by investigating how working memory is involved in learning a second or foreign language. It turned out that phonological aspects of memory, i.e. the ability to form representations for how foreign words sound, were a powerful predictor for ease of language learning. As this type of memory is also critical in learning to read, Dr. Service expanded into research on the causes of dyslexia. Over the years, she has done basic research in the area of memory, but also applied working memory concepts and methods for studying morphological complexity in the mental lexicon, sentence processing, language acquisition, bilingualism, reading difficulty, and developmental language disorder (DLD). Dr. Service has mainly used memory tasks, but also EEG and MEG (magnetoencephalography) based measures in collaborative projects. She is still looking for the elementary cognitive building blocks that play a key role in language development, language learning and successful literacy, lately concentrating on representation of serial order in working memory. 



Representative Publications

Bartošová, J., Chapman, C., Kučerová, I., & Service, E. (2020). Making Semantic Commitments Can Be Delayed: Evidence From Aspectual Processing. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cep0000227

Ylinen, S., Nora, A. & Service, E. (2020) Better phonological short-term memory is linked to improved cortical memory representations for word forms and better word learning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 209. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2020.00209

Ho, A., Boshra, R., Schmidtke, D., Oralova, G., Moro, A. L., Service, E., & Connolly, J. F. (2019). Electrophysiological evidence for the integral nature of tone in Mandarin spoken word recognition. Neuropsychologia, 131, 325-332. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.05.031

Service, E., & Maury, S. (2015). Differential recall of derived and inflected word forms in working memory: examining the role of morphological information in simple and complex working memory tasks. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience8, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2014.01064 

Service, E., Yli-Kaitala, H., Maury, S., & Kim, J. Y. (2014). Adults’ and 8-Year-Olds’ Learning in a Foreign Word Repetition Task: Similar and Different. Language Learning64(2), 215–246. https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12051 

Laasonen, M., Virsu, V., Oinonen, S., Sandbacka, M., Salakari, A., & Service, E. (2012). Phonological and sensory short-term memory are correlates and both affected in developmental dyslexia. Reading and Writing25(9), 2247–2273. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11145-011-9356-1 

Service, E., Helenius, P., Maury, S., & Salmelin, R. (2007). Localization of syntactic and semantic brain responses using magnetoencephalography. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience19(7), 1193–1205. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2007.19.7.1193 

Salmelin, R., Service, E., Kiesilä, P., Uutela, K., & Salonen, O. (1996). Impaired visual word processing in dyslexia revealed with magnetoencephalographyAnnals of Neurology40(2), 157–162. https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.410400206 

Service, E. (1992). Phonology, Working Memory, and Foreign-language Learning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology45(1), 21–50. https://doi.org/10.1080/14640749208401314

 


Current Graduate Students / Postdoctoral Fellows

  • , PhD Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program, McMaster University
  • , PhD Student (Co-supervision), Cognitive Science of Language Program, McMaster University
  • , PhD Student, Cognitive Science of Language Program, McMaster University