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Arredondo, M., Hu, X., Seifert, E., Satterfield T., & Kovelman, I. (2018). Bilingual exposure enhances left IFG specialization for language in children. Bilingualism: Language, & Cognition

Brennan, J. R., Lajiness-O’Neill, Bowyer, S. M., Kovelman, I., & Hale J. T. (2018). Predictive sentence comprehension during story-listening in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Language, Cognition & Neuroscience

Kovelman, I. & Marks, R. (2018). Tracking qualitative changes in cognition and brain development through bilingualism. Journal of Neurolinguistics.

Ellis, A., Hu, X. S., Smith, C., Davis-Kean, P. E., & Kovelman, I. (2018). Sharing as a Model for Understanding Division. NeuroReport. 29(11):889-893. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000001050

Basura, G.  Juan, S. J., Hu, X. S., Tessier, A.-M., & Kovelman, I. (2018). Human central auditory plasticity: a Review of functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure Cochlear Implant performance and tinnitus perception. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. 3(6), 463-472.


Jasinska, K. K., Berens, M. S., Kovelman, I., & Petitto L. A. (2017). Bilingualism yields language-specific plasticity in left hemisphere’s circuitry for learning to read in young children. Neuropsychologia, 98, 34-45. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.018

Perrachione, T., Gosh, S., Ostrovskaya, I., Gabrieli, J. D. E., & Kovelman, I. (2017). Phonological Working Memory for Words and Nonwords in Cerebral Cortex. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-15-0446

Arredondo, M. M., Hu, X., Satterfield, T., & Kovelman, I. (2017). Bilingualism alters children’s frontal lobe functioning for attentional control. Developmental Science. doi:10.1111/desc.12377


Hsu, S., Ip, K., Arredondo, M. M., & Tardif, T., & Kovelman, I. (2016). Simultaneous acquisition of English and Chinese impacts children’s reliance on vocabulary, morphological and phonological awareness for reading in English. International Journal of Bilingual Education & Bilingualism. doi:10.1080/13670050.2016.1246515

Kremin, L., Arredondo, M. M., Hsu, S., Satterfield, T., & Kovelman, I. (2016). The effects of Spanish heritage language literacy on English reading for Spanish-English bilingual children in the U.S. International Journal of Bilingual Education & Bilingualism. doi:10.1080/13670050.2016.1239692

Ip, K., Hsu, S., Arredondo, M. M., Tardif T., & Kovelman, I. (2016). Brain bases of morphological processing in Chinese-English bilingual children. Developmental Sciencedoi: 10.1111/desc.12449

Ugolini, M., Wagley, N., Ip, K., Hsu, L. S., Arredondo, M. M., & Kovelman, I. (2016). In young readers, the left hemisphere supports the link between temporal processing and phonological awareness. Speech, Language & Hearing, 19(1), 17-26. doi:10.1080/2050571X.2015.1101894

Bisconti, S., Shulkin, M., Hu, X., Basura, G., Kileny, P., & Kovelman, I. (2016). Functional near-infrared spectroscopy brain imaging investigation of phonological awareness and passage comprehension abilities in adult recipients of cochlear implants. Journal of Speech Language & Hearing Research, 59(2), 239-253. doi:10.1044/2015_JSLHR-L-14-0278


Hu, H., Arredondo, M. M., Confer, N., Gomba, M., DaSilva, A., Johnson, T., Shalinsky, M. H., & Kovelman, I. (2015). Comparison of motion correction techniques applied to functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy data from children. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 20(12), 126003-126003. doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.12.126003

Arredondo, M. M., Ip. K., Hsu, S., Tardif T., & Kovelman, I. (2015). Brain bases of morphological processing in young children. Human Brain Mapping, 36(8), 2890-2900. doi:10.1002/hbm.22815

Kovelman, I., Salah-Ud-Din, M., Berens, M., & Petitto, L. A. (2015). “One glove does not fit all” in bilingual reading acquisition: Using the age of first bilingual language exposure to understand optimal contexts for reading success. Cogent Education, 2(1),1006504. doi:10.1080/2331186X.2015.1006504

Kovelman, I., Wagley, N., Hay, J. S. F., Ugolini, M., Bowyer, S., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Brennan J. (2015). Multimodal imaging of temporal processing in typical and atypical language development. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1337, 7–15. doi:10.1111/nyas.12688


Kovelman, I., Shalinsky, M. H., Berens, M. S., & Petitto, L. (2014). Words in the bilingual brain: an fNIRS brain imaging investigation of lexical processing in sign-speech bimodal bilinguals. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 606. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00606

Berens, M. S., Kovelman, I., & Petitto, L. A. (2013). Should Bilingual Children Learn Reading in Two Languages at the Same Time or in Sequence? Bilingual Research Journal, 36(1), 35-60.

Kovelman, I., Mascho, K., Millott, L., Mastic, A., Moiseff, B., & Shalinsky, M. H. (2012). At the rhythm of language: Brain bases of language-related frequency perception in children. NeuroImage, 60(1), 673-682. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.12.066

Kovelman, I., Norton E. S., Christodoulou J. A., Gaab, N., Lieberman, D. A., Triantafyllou, C., Wolf, M., Witfield-Gabrieli, S., & Gabrieli J. D. E. (2012). Brain Basis of Phonological Awareness for Spoken Language in Children and Its Disruption in Dyslexia. Cerebral Cortex, 22(4), 754-764. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhr094

Kovelman, I., Yip, J. C., & Beck E. L. (2011). Cortical systems that process language, as revealed by non-native speech sound perception. NeuroReport, 22(18), 947-950.
doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e32834cdc26

2010 and earlier

Shalinsky, M. H., Kovelman, I., Berens, M. S., & Petitto L. A. (2009). Exploring Cognitive Functions in Babies, Children & Adults with Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Journal of Visualized Experiments, pii: 1268. doi: 10.3791/1268

Kovelman, I., Shalinsky, M. H., White, K., Schmitt, S., Berens, M. S., Paymer, L., & Petitto, L. A. (2009). Dual language use in sign-speech bimodal bilinguals: fNIRS brain-imaging evidence. Brain & Language, 109(2-3), 112-123. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2008.09.008

Kovelman, I., Shalinsky, M. S., Berens, M. S., & Petitto, L. A. (2008). Shining new light on the brain’s “Bilingual Signature”: A functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy investigation of semantic processing. NeuroImage, 39(3), 1457-1471. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.10.017

Kovelman, I., Baker, S. A., & Petitto, L. A. (2008). BBilingual and Monolingual Brains Compared: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Investigation of Syntactic Processing and a Possible “Neural Signature” of Bilingualism. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(1), 153-169. doi:10.1162/jocn.2008.20011

Kovelman, I., Baker, S. A., & Petitto, L. A. (2008). Age of first bilingual language exposure as a new window into bilingual reading development. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 11(2), 203–223. doi:10.1017/S1366728908003386

Norton, E. S., Kovelman, I., & Petitto, L. A. (2007). Are There Separate Neural Systems for Spelling? New Insights into the Role of Rules and Memory in Spelling from Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Mind, Brain, and Education, 1(1), 48-59. doi:10.1111/j.1751-228X.2007.00005.x

Petitto, L. A., & Kovelman, I. (2003). The Bilingual Paradox: How signing-speaking bilingual children help us resolve bilingual issues and teach us about the brain’s mechanisms underlying all language acquisition. Learning Languages, 8(3), 5-18. Translation into French (2004). Le paradoxe du bilinguisme, Double langue maternelle. Revue Imaginaire et Inconscient, 14. View here