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Shari Baum

James McGill Professor

Shari [dot] Baum [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Neurolinguistics Lab


BA French Linguistics, Cornell University
MS Communication Science & Disorders, University of Vermont
PhD Linguistics, Brown University

Research interests

Research interests focus on two main areas: neurolinguistics and speech science. A primary goal of Dr. Baum’s research is to ascertain the neural substrates of various aspects of language processing, including word recognition, speech and prosodic production and perception, and sentence processing. To this end, Dr. Baum is utilizing ERP, TMS and fMRI paradigms, as well as conducting behavioural studies with brain-damaged patients. Research on aspects of normal speech motor control is also underway, including kinematic and acoustic studies of speech adaptation to perturbation.

Representative Publications

Zatorre, R. & Baum, S. In press. “Musical melody and speech intonation: Singing a different tune?” PLoS Biology.

Shum, M., Shiller, D., Baum, S., & Gracco, V. 2011. “Sensorimotor integration for speech motor learning involves the inferior parietal cortex,” European Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 1817-1822.

Thibeault, M., Baum, S., Ménard, L., Richard, G., & McFarland, D. 2011. “Articulatory movements during speech adaptation to palatal perturbation,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2112-2120.

Pauker, E., Itzhak, I., Baum, S. R., & Steinhauer, K. 2011. “ Co-operating and conflicting prosody in spoken English garden path sentences: Evidence from event-related potentials,” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 2731-2751.

Dwivedi, V., Drury, J., Molnar, M., Phillips, N., Baum, S., & Steinhauer, K. 2010. “ERPs reveal sensitivity to hypothetical contexts in spoken discourse,” Neuroreport, 21, 791-795.

Dwivedi, V., Phillips, N., Einagel, S., & Baum, S. 2010. “The neural underpinnings of linguistic ambiguity,” Brain Research, 1311, 93-109.

Itzhak, I., Pauker, E., Drury, J., Baum, S., & Steinhauer, K. 2010. “Interactions of prosody and transitivity bias in the processing of closure ambiguities in spoken sentences: ERP evidence,” Neuroreport, 21, 8-13.

Steinhauer, K., Pauker, E., Itzhak, I., Abada, S., & Baum, S. 2010. “Prosody-syntax interactions in aging: Event-related potentials reveal dissociations between on-line and off-line measures,” Neuroscience Letters, 472, 133-138.