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Spring 2022 Newsletter

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Kuan-Jung Huang receives 2022 Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award

Kuan-Jung Huang, a fourth-year student in the Cognitive Psychology program working with Dr. Adrian Staub, has received the seventh annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award. His project, titled "Morphosyntactic processing of compound words in Chinese reading", will examine the dynamic between two processes for visual recognition of complex words: direct form-meaning mapping and composition of sub-constituents, and test whether morphosyntactic structure and frequency of the word matter. The understanding will have implications for language learning (how writing systems shape our mental dictionary) and sentence processing (whether Chinese readers rapidly utilize morphosyntactic cues for online word segmentation).

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