Lab members

Shari Baum - James McGill Professor

Annie C. Gilbert, PhD - Research associate / Lab manager
Haruka Saito - Doctoral Student
Alexandre Herbay - Doctoral Student
Max Wolpert - Doctoral Student
Jasmine Lee - Graduate Student
Claire Honda - Graduate Student
Stéphanie Deschamps - Graduate Student

Annie C. Gilbert

annie.c.gilbert [at] (Email) - PDF icon CV - Website

I have a long-standing interest in elucidating how humans communicate via variations in air pressure, more commonly known as "sounds". This interest resulted in my completion of a doctoral degree in linguistics at Universite de Montréal, where I studied both perception and production of speech. In particular, I examined the physiological, psycholinguistic, and neurolinguistic correlates of structural prosody. Subsequently, I completed post-doctoral training in psychology and communication sciences and disorders at McGill Univeristy, where I continued examining speech communication, using a variety of other methods and techniques. My current research goal is to examine what is specific to speech processing itself versus what can be explained by domain-general (physiological or cognitive) constraints. My other academic interests include speech acquisition, language evolution, forensic applications of acoustic phonetics, and teaching.


Alexandre Herbay

alexandre.herbay [at] (Email)

My research interests include the dynamic of language processing and its neurocognitive basis, especially at the morpho-syntactic and semantic levels. I’m currently working on verb particle construction processing by French-English bilinguals.


Haruka Saito

haruka.saito2 [at] (Email)

My research interest focuses on how adults learn novel articulatory movements required for production of non-native sounds. I am especially interested in how principles of optimal training conditions for limb motor learning (‘principles of motor learning’) can be applied in second language speech production.


Max Wolpert

max.a.wolpert [at] (Email)

I work with Shari Baum and Karsten Steinhauer studying bilingual sentence processing with EEG. Specifically, I am interested in first language attrition in Chinese immigrants, and how English experience can modify first language Mandarin grammatical processing. To assign argument structure in sentences, English speakers most rely on word order, while Mandarin speakers rely more on context and semantic knowledge. Looking at the interaction between these conflicting sentence processing strategies in bilinguals can inform us about neuroplasticity and language learning.

Jasmine Lee

jasmine.lee3 [at] (Email)

My work focuses on the effects of language experience on the bilingual brain, specifically with regard to the link between native-like attainment of linguistic prosody and brain structure and functional connectivity in French-English bilinguals.

Claire Honda [at] (Email)

I am currently using EEG to look at individual differences in the brainstem frequency following response and whether this is linked to phonetic perception in one's native language and in an unfamiliar language. I am interested in individual differences in second language acquisition, and in its neural correlates.

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