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Natasha Tokowicz

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Associate Professor (secondary appointment), University of Pittsburgh Department of Linguistics

Member, University of Pittsburgh Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

  • Second language learning
  • Bilingualism
  • Meaning representation
  • Cognitive neuroscience of language processing

Degani, T., Prior, A., Eddingtion, C. M., Areas da Luz Fontes, A. B., Tokowicz, N. (2016) Determinants of translation ambiguity: A within and cross-language comparison. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

Bracken, J., Degani, T., Eddington, C. M., & Tokowicz, N. (2016). Translation semantic variability: How semantic relatedness affects learning of translation-ambiguous words. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Tuninetti, A., Warren, T., & Tokowicz, N. (2015). Cue strength in second-language processing: An eye-tracking study. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 

Tokowicz, N. (2015). Lexical Processing and Second Language Acquisition. New York, NY: Routledge.

Eddington, C. M., & Tokowicz, N. (2015). How context and meaning similarity influences ambiguous word processing: the current state of the literature. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22(1), 13-37.

Presson, N., MacWhinney, B., & Tokowicz, N. (2014). Learning grammatical gender: The use of rules by novice learners. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35, 709-737.

Francis, W. S., Tokowicz, N., & Kroll, J. F. (2014). The consequences of language proficiency and difficulty of lexical access for translation performance and priming. Memory & Cognition, 42, 27-40.

Francis, W. S., Tokowicz, N., & Kroll, J. F. (2014). Repetition priming in bilingual word translation depends on bilingual language proficiency and item difficulty. Memory & Cognition, 42, 27-40.

Degani, T., Tseng, A. M., & Tokowicz, N. (2014). Together or apart? Learning of translation-ambiguous words. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17(4), 749-765.

Tolentino, L. C., & Tokowicz, N. (2014). Cross-language similarity modulates effectiveness of second language grammar instruction. Language Learning, 64,, 279-309.

Tokowicz, N. (2014). Translation ambiguity affects language processing, learning, and representation. Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Second Language Research Forum. Cascadilla Press.

Tokowicz, N. (2013). Bilingual language processing. To appear in H. Pashler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Mind. Sage Publications.

Tokowicz, N. & Tuninetti, A. (2013). Formal models of bilingual lexicons. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. (pp. 2173-2179). Wiley-Blackwell. [invited contribution]

Tokowicz, N. (2013). The Revised Hierarchical Model. Invited contribution to P. Robinson (Ed.) The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition. New York/London: Routledge. 

Boada, R., Sánchez-Casas, R., Gavilán, J. M., García-Albea, J. E., & Tokowicz, N. (2013). Effect of multiple translations and cognate status on translation recognition performance of balanced bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Tokowicz,N., & Degani, T. (2013). Cross-language influences: translation status affects intraword sense relatedness. Memory &Cognition, 41(7), 1046-1064.

Tokowicz, N. (2013). Bilingual Language Processing. In H. Pashler (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Mind Vol. 1 (pp. 114-115). Sage Publications.

Eddington, C. M., & Tokowicz, N. (2013). Examining English-German translation ambiguity using primed translation recognition. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16, 442-457

Armstrong, B. C., Tokowicz, N., & Plaut, D. C. (2012). eDom: Norming software and relative meaning frequencies for 544 English homonyms. Behavior Research Methods.

Li, P., & Tokowicz, N. (2012). The psycholinguistics of second language acquisition. In P. Robinson (Ed.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition. (pp. 526-534). New York, New York: Taylor & Francis.

Tokowicz, N. & Degani, T. (2012). Lexical concepts. In P. Robinson (Ed.) The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition. (pp. 386-389). New York, New York: Taylor & Francis. [invited contribution]

Trude, A. M., & Tokowicz, N. (2011). Negative transfer from Spanish and English to Portuguese pronunciation: The roles of inhibition and working memory. Language Learning, 61(1), 259-280

Degani, T., Prior, A., & Tokowicz, N. (2011). Bidirectional transfer: The effect of sharing a translation. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23(1), 18-28.

Tolentino, L. C., & Tokowicz, N. (2011, June). Second language Swedish morphosyntactic instruction and cross-language similarity: An ERP investigation. Paper to be presented at the Eighth International Symposium on Bilingualism, Oslo, Norway.

Phillips, A., Jarbo, K. G., & Tokowicz, N. (2011, June). Individual differences in adult second language vocabulary learning. Poster to be presented at the Eighth International Symposium on Bilingualism, Oslo, Norway.

A list of recent LRDC award recipients is on page 18 of the August 28 issue of the University Times. Einat Heyd-Metzuyanim, Melissa Libertus, Diane Litman, Charles Perfetti, Christian Schunn, Natasha Tokowicz, Tessa Warren, and Jingtao Wang were all mentioned.

August 2014

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Congratulation to Natasha Tokowicz with co-PI Debra Titone, McGill University "Women in Cognitive Science: Mentoring, Negotiation, and Obtaining Funding" was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to fund professional development activities associated with Women in Cognitive Science.

July 2014

Natasha Tokowicz has been nominated to participate in the 2014-2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP). Established by the APA Committee on Women in Psychology, LIWP’s mission is to prepare, support, and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life and to increase the diversity, number, and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders.

June 2014

Natasha Tokowicz received a National Institutes for Health (NIH) subaward from Arizona State University for the project "Cognitive Load in the Bilingual Brain:Insights from Decoupled Reading."

April 7, 2014

Invited to author book entitled Lexical processing and second language acquisition

2009

Routledge/Taylor & Francis. Contract awarded 2009 (anticipated submission 2012)

Women in Cognitive Science Networking Award

2004

Principal Investigator, Individual Post-doctoral National Research Service Award (NIH 1 F32 HD42948), "Second language syntactic and semantic development"

2002-2003

Institutional Post-doctoral National Research Service Award (NIH T32 MH19102)

2000-2002