Lea Hald

Lea Hald

Full-time Faculty
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Office Location and Hours:
HSS 363 or CMD Adjunct Lounge
M: 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
T:12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
W: 1 p.m. - 2p.m. (CMD)
Th: 8:30 a.m.  - 9:15 a.m.

B.A. University of California San Diego, Psychology
M.A. Univer​sity of Arizona, Psychology
Ph.D. University of Arizona, Psychology & Cognitive Science

Research areas: Cognitive neuroscience, education, bilingualism, psycholinguistics

I began my research career with fundamental research in cognitive neuroscience, but my interest has always been in how language interacts with other aspects of cognitive and social psychology. My dissertation research used EEG and fMRI to explore how language comprehension and our world knowledge interact. However, a few years back I began to apply my fundamental knowledge of cognitive neuroscience to education research. Understanding how we can improve teaching methods for learning languages, as well as STEM concepts, is something I'm very excited to pursue.

I have had the privilege to teach to students in the UK, the Netherlands, and the US. I love teaching Research Methods and Statistics. I also enjoy teaching Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience.

Joined SMC: 2015

Relevant Publications

Hald, L., de Nooijer, J., van Gog, T., & Bekkering, H. (2015). Optimizing word learning via links to perceptual and motoric experience. Educational Psychology Review, Online First Articles. doi: 10.1007/s10648-015-9334-2

Hald, L., van den Hurk, M., & Bekkering, H. (2015). Learning verbs more effectively through meaning congruent action animations. Learning & Instruction, 39, 107-122.

Hald, L., Hocking, I, Vernon, D., Marshall, J., & Garnham, A. (2013). Exploring modality switching effects in negated sentences: Further evidence for grounded representations. Frontiers in Psychology: 4:93.

Hald, L., Marshall, J., Janssen, D.P., & Garnham, A. (2011). Switching modalities in a sentence verification task: ERP evidence for embodied language processing. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, Special issue on Embodied and Grounded Cognition, 2:45.

Hald, L., Steenbeek-Planting, E. & Hagoort, P. (2007). The interaction of discourse context and world knowledge in online sentence comprehension. Evidence from the N400. Brain Research, 1146, 210-218.

Hald, L., Bastiaansen, M., & Hagoort, P. (2006). EEG theta and gamma responses to semantic violations in online sentence processing. Brain and Language, 96(1), 90-105.

Hagoort, P., Hald, L., Bastiaansen, M., & Peterson, K. M. (2​004). Integration of word meaning and world knowledge in language comprehension. Science, 304, (5669), 438-441. 30.927