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Tamiko Azuma

Associate Professor, Speech and Hearing Science


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  • Ph.D., Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. 1995
  • M.A., Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. 1991
  • B.A., Psychology (College Honors), University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. 1989

Research Interests

In the Attention, Memory, and Language lab, we are conducting several lines of research focused on attention, working memory, episodic memory, and language processing. Our current projects involve the study of healthy young adults, bilingual speakers, military veterans, and adults with attention/memory impairments arising from mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). We are particularly interested in how bilingualism, attention deficits, and mTBI affect specific cognitive processes.  Current research opportunities for students include projects on: 1) Cognition in healthy bilinguals and in bilingual adults with history of mTBI or concussion, and 2) Cognition in military veterans with and without service-related conditions, including mTBI and Post-traumatic stress disorders. Please visit the lab website to learn more about the different research projects.

Research Publications

Cardon, T. A. & Azuma, T. (2011, June). Deciphering Single-Subject Research Design and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The ASHA Leader.

Cardon, T.A., & Azuma, T. (2012). Visual Attending Preferences in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Comparison between Live and Video Presentation Modes. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 1061-1067. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031.

Choe, Y., Liss, J.M., Azuma, T., & Mathy, P. (2012). Evidence of cue use and performance differences in deciphering dysarthric speech. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 131, pp. EL112-EL118. DOI: 10.1121/1.3674990

*Slovarp, L. J., Azuma, T., & LaPointe, L. (2012). The Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury on Sustained Attention and Working Memory. Brain Injury, 26, 48-57. doi:10.3109/02699052.2011.635355

*Tat, M.J., & Azuma, T. (2012). Don’t Shoot the Messnger: Memory for Misspellings in Context. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 131, 215-236. DOI: 10.1007/s10936-011-9188-9

Azuma, T., Connor, D.J., & Sabbagh, M.N. (2013). The Effect of Healthy Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment on Semantic Ambiguity Detection. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26, 271-282. DOI:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2012.09.003

*Tat, M..J., & Azuma, T. (2015). What Forgetting Tells Us about Remembering: The Influence of Top-Down Control on Hemispheric Asymmetries in Verbal Memory. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 20, 171-190. DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2014.948450

*Ratiu, I. & Azuma, T. (2015). Working Memory Capacity: Is There a Bilingual Advantage? Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27, 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.976226

*Tat, M.J., & Azuma, T. (2015). Remembering “Txt” but not “Text”: The Effect of Context and Lexicality on Memory for Text Message Abbreviations. Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, 1, 1-25. DOI: 10.1017/S0142716415000065

*Tat, M.J., & Azuma, T. (2015). The Effect of Cognitive Load on Hemispheric Asymmetries in True and False Memory. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 21, 1-26. DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2015.1073297.

*Ratiu, I., & Azuma, T. (in press). Language Control in Bilingual Adults with and without History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain and Language.

Research Activity