Mara Breen Curriculum Vitae

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Mount Holyoke College
Department of Psychology and Education
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA  01075
413-538-2067
mbreen@mtholyoke.edu

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
July, 2012-present
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Mount Holyoke College
July, 2011-June 2012
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Mount Holyoke College
September, 2007-June, 2011
Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology Department, UMass Amherst
September, 2009-May, 2011
Lecturer, Psychology Department, UMass Amherst
September, 2010-January 2011
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, Hampshire College
September, 2005-December, 2006
Teaching Fellow, Psychology Department, Harvard University
Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Graduate Fellow
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
January-August, 2002:
EEG (Electro-encephalogram) Laboratory Manager, Hampshire College

EDUCATION:
September, 2007
Ph.D., Cognitive Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Thesis: The identification and function of English prosodic features
Advisor: Edward Gibson
May, 2002
B.A., Cognitive Science
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS:
Breen, M. Clifton, C., Jr. (2013). Stress matters revisited: A boundary change experiment. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Breen, M., Kingston, J., and Sanders, L.D. (2013). Perceptual representations of phonotactically illegal syllables. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 75, 101-120.

Breen, M., Dilley, L., Kraemer, J., and Gibson, E. (2012). Inter-transcriber agreement for two systems of prosodic annotation: ToBI (Tones and Break Indices) and RaP (Rhythm and Pitch). Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.

Levy, R., Fedorenko, E., Breen, M., and Gibson, E. (2012). The processing of extraposed structures in English. Cognition, 122(1), 12-36.

Breen, M. and Clifton, C., Jr. (2011). Stress matters: Effects of anticipated lexical stress on silent reading. Journal of Memory and Language, 64 (2), 153-170.

Breen, M., Gibson, E. and Watson, D. (2011). Intonational phrasing is constrained by meaning, not balance. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26 (10), 1532-1562.

Breen, M., Fedorenko, E., Wagner, M., Gibson, E. (2010). Acoustic correlates of information structure. Language and Cognitive Processes. 25 (7), 1044-1098.

Watson, D., Breen, M., & Gibson, E. (2006). The role of syntactic obligatoriness in the production of intonational boundaries. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 32(5), 1045-1056.

PROCEEDINGS OF REFEREED CONFERENCES:
Wagner, M., Breen, M., Flemming, E., Shattuck-Hufnagael, S., and Gibson, E. (2010) Prosodic Effects of Discourse Salience and Association with Focus. In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago, IL.

Brugos, A., Veilleux, N., Breen, M., & Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (2008) The Alternatives (Alt) Tier for ToBI: Advantages of capturing prosodic ambiguity. In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2008, Campinas, Brazil.

Dilley, L., Breen, M., Bolivar, M., Kraemer, J. and Gibson, E. (2006) A comparison of inter-coder reliability for two systems of prosodic transcriptions: RaP (Rhythm and Pitch) and ToBI (Tones and Break Indices). In Proceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Pittsburgh, PA.

ARTICLES UNDER REVIEW OR IN PREPARATION
Breen, M. (under review). Empirical investigation of the role of implicit prosody in sentence processing.

Breen, M., Dilley, L., McAuley, J.D., & Sanders, L.D. (in preparation). Distal prosody affects on-line word segmentation: An ERP study.

Breen, M., Staub, A., & Pollatsek, A. (in preparation). Eye-tracking evidence for the implicit prosodic phrasing of unambiguous sentences.

INVITED TALKS
Empirical investigations of implicit prosody. Presented at the Workshop on Explicit and Implicit Prosody in Sentence Processing, UMass Amherst (Amherst, MA) May, 2013.

Implicit prosody in reading: Listening to the little voice in our heads. Presented to the CAS Linguistic Program, Boston University (Boston, MA) November, 2012.

Empirical investigations of the role of implicit prosody in sentence processing. Presented at the Language, Music, and Cognition Workshop, Cologne Unversity (Cologne, Germany), September, 2012.

Behavioral and ERP evidence for the representation of metrical structure in silent reading. Presented at the 2nd Conference on Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody, McGill University (Montreal, Canada) September, 2011.

Stress matters: Evidence of lexical stress assignment in silent reading. Haskins Laboratories (New Haven, CT). June, 2010.

Experimental investigations of the acoustics of information structure. Ghent University, Psychology Department (Ghent, Belgium). January, 2009.

Experimental investigations of the acoustics of information structure. Presented at The Workshop on Experimental Studies on Intonation: Phonetic, Phonological and Psycholinguistic Aspects of Sentence Prosody; Potsdam University (Potsdam, Germany), January, 2009.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
Gumkowski, N., & Breen, M. Effects of distal prosody on perceived word stress and syntactic ambiguity resolution. Poster presented and the 26th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Columbia, South Carolina. March, 2013.

Breen, M. and Clifton, C. Jr. Stress matters revisited: A boundary change experiment. Poster presented and the 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York, New York. March, 2012.

Breen, M., Pollatsek, A., & Staub, A. Eye-tracking evidence for implicit prosodic
 phrasing of unambiguous sentences. Poster presented and the 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York, New York. March, 2012.

Petty, D., Breen, M., & Staub, A. PRO beats gap, revisited: Eyetracking evidence.
Poster presented and the 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York, New York. March, 2012.

Breen, M., Sanders, L. & Clifton, C. ERP evidence of a cost for metrical reanalysis in silent reading. Poster presented at the 3rd Neurobiology of Language Conference, Annapolis, MD. November, 2011.

Breen, M., Dilley, L., McAuley, J.D. and Sanders, L.D. Event-related potential indices of speech segmentation are modulated by distal prosody. Poster presented at the 2nd Conference on Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody, Montreal, Canada. September, 2011.

Levy, R., Fedorenko, E., Breen, M., & Gibson, E. Input uncertainty and cue redundancy in syntactic comprehension and adaptation. Talk presented at the 17th Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Paris, France. September, 2011.

Breen, M., Dilley, L., McAuley, J.D. and Sanders, L.D. Pitch and rhythmic regularities in speech context affect on-line word perception: An ERP study. Poster presented at the 4th Neurosciences and Music Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland. June, 2011.

Sanders, L. D., Astheimer, L., Zobel, B., Breen, M., and Demers, L. Auditory selective attention in 3-to 5-yr-old children. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, QC. April, 2010.

Breen, M. and Clifton, C., Jr. Implicit metrical prosody affects on-line ambiguity resolution. Talk presented at the 23rd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York, New York. March, 2010.

Breen, M. and Clifton, C. Prosody matters: Lexical stress effects in silent reading. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA. November, 2009.

Breen, M., Sanders, L. D., and Kingston, J. Perceptual representations of phonotactically illegal syllables. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA. November, 2009.

Breen, M., Wagner, M., Shattuck-Hufnagel, S., Flemming, E & Gibson, E. Factoring out Speaker Variation in Experimental Studies of Prosody: The Case of Association with Focus. Poster presented at the Workshop on Prosody and Meaning, Barcelona, Spain. September, 2009.

Breen, M. and Clifton, C. Eye-tracking Limericks: Lexical stress effects in silent reading. Poster presented at the 22nd CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Davis, CA. March, 2009.

Breen, M. and Clifton, C. Lexical stress effects in silent reading. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL. November, 2008.

Breen, M., Wagner, M., Fedorenko, E., and Gibson, E. Prosody signals focus location, not focus type. Talk presented at the Conference on Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody, Ithaca, NY. April, 2008.

Breen, M., Wagner, M., Fedorenko, E., and Gibson, E. An Empirical Investigation of the Acoustic Features Associated with Markers of Information Structure. Poster presented at the 21st CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Chapel Hill, NC. March, 2008.

Breen, M., Dilley, L., Gibson, E., Bolivar, M., and Kraemer, J. Advances in prosodic annotation: A test of inter-coder reliability for the RaP (Rhythm and Pitch) and ToBI (Tones and Break Indices) transcription systems. Poster presented at the 19th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York, NY. March, 2006.

Gibson, E., Fedorenko, E., & Breen, M. Processing extraposed structures in English: grammatical and processing factors. Poster presented at the 19th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York, NY. March, 2006.

Gibson, E., Breen, M., Rozen, S., & Rohde, D. (2006) Language processing in children as measured using self-paced reading and listening. Talk presented at the Online Methods in Children’s Language Processing workshop, New York, NY. March, 2006.

Breen, M., Gibson, E., & Watson, D. Two factors predicting intonational boundary production in sentence production. Talk presented at the 11th Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Ghent, Belgium. September, 2005.

Gibson, E. and M. Breen. Processing crossed dependencies in English. Poster presented at the 17th CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, Univ. of Maryland, March, 2004.

Johnson, S., Clifton, C., Breen, M., Martin, A., & Morris, J. ERP Investigation of Prosodic and Semantic Focus. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY. April, 2003.

Breen, M., Morris, J., & Stillings, N. Constraint, phonology and visual word recognition: An ERP investigation. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society. New Orleans, LA. June, 2002.

SERVICE:
Ad-hoc Journal Reviewer: Journal of Memory and Language, Language and Cognitive Processes, Language, Journal of Phonetics, Laboratory Phonology, Music Perception
Conference Reviewer: ETAP (2008, 2011), CUNY (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), AMLaP (2011, 2012)