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About me

I am currently a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. I am interested in the study of bilingual memory and, more specifically, how words and their meanings are represented and processed.

Research Interests

Translation ambiguity
We are interested in studying how ambiguous words across languages (i.e. those with multiple translations into another language) are processed and how they are represented in the bilingual memory. We use tasks such as translation recognition or lexical decision and different measures (response times and eye movements) to study the experimental effect of several lexical-semantic variables. The participants that take part in the experiments are either Catalan-Spanish or Spanish-English bilinguals.
Lexical-semantic representation and processing
We are currently investigating the role of different semantic variables (e.g., lexical ambiguity, concreteness, number of translation, meaning similarity, etc.), in order to determine how semantic information is represented in bilingual memory. We used behavioural measures and we are now including the brain´s electrical activity (ERPs) and eye movement recordings.

Publications

  • Guasch, M., Haro, J., & Boada, R. (2017). Clustering words to match conditions: an algorithm for stimuli selection in factorial designs. Psicológica, 38, 111-131.
  • Haro, J., Demestre, J., Boada, R., & Ferré, P. (2017). ERP and behavioral effects of semantic ambiguity in a lexical decision task. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 44, 190-202. 10.1016/j.jneuroling.2017.06.001
  • Haro, J., Ferré, P., Boada, R., & Demestre, J. (2017). Semantic ambiguity norms for 530 Spanish words. Applied Psycholinguistics, 38, 457-475. 10.1017/S0142716416000266
  • 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, 16, 183-197.
  • Guasch, M., Boada, R., Ferré, P., & Sánchez-Casas, R. (2013). NIM: A Web-based Swiss Army knife to select stimuli for psycholinguistic studies. Behavior Research Methods, 45, 765-771. 10.3758/s13428-012-0296-8
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