Curriculum Vitae – Jeff Hanna Personal Information Name: Jeffrey Scott Hanna Birthdate: Dec. 9, 1980 Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA Nationality: USA Residence: Berlin, Germany (since 2012) Email: [email protected] Education Harding University Oxford University Cambridge University Cambridge University Bachelor of Arts Master of Philosophy Master of Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy Biblical Philology Cuneiform Studies Applied Linguistics Neurolinguistics 2003 2006 2007 2011 Research Interests My work is primarily concerned with measuring the realisation of language in the human brain, with particular focus on second language learning and morphology. Ambitions for future research include the application of more sophisticated techniques of brain data analysis toward testing newer linguistic theories, which see language less as a collection of isolated faculties, and more as an integrated information stream, fundamentally incorporated into the entire human cognitive system. Employment University of Cambridge 2007-2011 PhD Student and Medical Research Council – Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (MRC-CBU) Project which used MEG and behavioural methods to study the syntactic capabilities of non-native speakers of English of varying degrees of proficiency. Supervisors: John Williams and Friedemann Pulvermüller Université catholique de Louvain 2011 Post-doctoral researcher Designed, carried out, and analysed EEG experiments investigating the processing of syntax, among adults, typically developing children, and children with language or other psychological disorders. Supervisor: Heather van der Lely† Freie Universität Berlin 2012-present Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter Research, management of EEG lab, and teaching, in service of the Brain Language Laboratory and the Institut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie. Supervisor: Friedemann Pulvermüller Skills Languages: English (native speaker), German (advanced-intermediate) Information technology: Matlab (expert), Python (intermediate), Linux, Windows, advanced problem-solving skills with both hardware and software, proficient with language corpus use. Neuroimaging: Highly proficient with EEG and MEG, conversant with advanced methods (source localisation, oscillations, signal decomposition e.g. ICA). Highly proficient with SPM, EEGLAB, and Fieldtrip. Statistics: General linear model, factor analysis and related methods. Recent Conferences Neurobiology of language, 2014, Amsterdam: “Sicherheit and Sauberkeit in the brain: evidence that complex words are handled simply.” Poster presentation. MMN Conference, 2015, Leipzig: “MMN distinguishes rule-based and arbitrary processes in language.” Poster presentation. MMN Conference, 2015, Leipzig: “Can the MMN measure proficiency in a second language?” Symposium presentation. Academic Publications Hanna, J., Mejias, S., Schelstraete, M.-A., Pulvermüller, F., Shtyrov, Y., & Van der Lely, H. K. (2014). Early activation of Broca’s area in grammar processing as revealed by the syntactic mismatch negativity and distributed source analysis. Cognitive neuroscience, 5(2), 66-76. doi:10.1080/17588928.2013.860087 Hanna, J., & Pulvermüller, F. (2014). Neurophysiological evidence for whole form retrieval of complex derived words: a mismatch negativity study. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 8:886. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00886 Hanna, J., Shtyrov, Y., Williams, J., & Pulvermüller, F. (2016). Early neurophysiological indices of second language morphosyntax learning. Neuropsychologia, 82, 18-30. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.01.001 Hanna J, Cappelle B, Pulvermüller F. (in preparation) Spread the word: MMN brain response reveals whole-form access of discontinuous verbs. Hanna J, Cappelle B, Pulvermüller F. (in preparation) MMN reflects entropy and conditional probability of separable prefix verb morphemes. Courses Taught Aufbauseminar - Einführung in die Neurolinguistik (Introduction to neurolinguistics) Vertiefungsseminar – Morphologie (Advanced seminar, morphology) Vertiefungsseminar – Theorien über die Grammatik (Advanaced seminar, theories of grammar) Vertiefungsseminar – Neurosemantik und –pragmatik (Advanced seminar, neurosemantics and pragmatics) Software developed Pointstool: A programme which displays the data from 3d electrode position tracker systems, and enables quick, intuitive identification and removal of erroneous data points. The programme then extrapolates the location of all electrodes from a smaller sample, and integrates the results into SPM for source localisation. Balancer: A programme which takes a large set of data, where each member has n characteristics, and finds a subset where variance on these characteristics are simultaneously minimised or maximised as desired, by realising set members as points in n-dimensional space, fitting ellipsoids onto possible subsets, and measuring goodness of fit of all subsets.
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