Reiko Mazuka

Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Cornell University 1990

  • M.S., University of Edinburgh (Scotland) 1984

Overview

Language acquisition and psycholinguistics. In particular, she is interested in the development and consequences of acquiring very different types of languages. The research has taken a cross-linguistic approach between English and Japanese, and her current research involves the following three areas: (1) study of sentence comprehension strategies by adult and child speakers of Japanese and English; (2) cross-linguistic study of infants' speech perception; and (3) influence of acquiring language specific categories on cognition.

Miyazawa, K, Shinya, T, Martin, A, Kikuchi, H, and Mazuka, R. "Vowels in infant-directed speech: More breathy and more variable, but not clearer." Cognition 166 (September 2017): 84-93. Full Text

Hirose, Y, and Mazuka, R. "Exploiting Pitch Accent Information in Compound Processing: A Comparison between Adults and 6- to 7-Year-Old Children." Language Learning and Development (March 10, 2017): 1-20. Full Text

Hayashi, A, and Mazuka, R. "Emergence of Japanese infants' prosodic preferences in infant-directed vocabulary." Developmental psychology 53.1 (January 2017): 28-37. Full Text

Martin, A, Igarashi, Y, Jincho, N, and Mazuka, R. "Utterances in infant-directed speech are shorter, not slower." Cognition 156 (November 2016): 52-59. Full Text

Ludusan, B, Cristia, A, Martin, A, Mazuka, R, and Dupoux, E. "Learnability of prosodic boundaries: Is infant-directed speech easier?." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 140.2 (August 2016): 1239-. Full Text

Tsuji, S, Fikkert, P, Yamane, N, and Mazuka, R. "Language-general biases and language-specific experience contribute to phonological detail in toddlers' word representations." Developmental psychology 52.3 (March 2016): 379-390. Full Text

Jincho, N, Oishi, H, and Mazuka, R. "Referential ambiguity resolution in sentence comprehension: A developmental study measuring eye movements and pupil dilation." Japanese Journal of Educational Psychology 64.4 (January 1, 2016): 531-543.

Hawthorne, K, Mazuka, R, and Gerken, L. "The acoustic salience of prosody trumps infants' acquired knowledge of language-specific prosodic patterns." Journal of memory and language 82 (July 2015): 105-117. Full Text

Arai, M, Nakamura, C, and Mazuka, R. "Predicting the unbeaten path through syntactic priming." Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition 41.2 (March 2015): 482-500. Full Text

Hirose, Y, and Mazuka, R. "Predictive processing of novel compounds: evidence from Japanese." Cognition 136 (March 2015): 350-358. Full Text

Pages

Mazuka, R, Kondo, T, and Hayashi, A. "Japanese mothers' use of specialized vocabulary in infant-directed speech: Infant-directed vocabulary in Japanese." The Origins of Language: Unraveling Evolutionary Forces. January 1, 2008. 39-58. Full Text

Nakamura, R, Miyazawa, K, Ishihara, H, Nishikawa, K, Kikuchi, H, Asada, M, and Mazuka, R. "Constructing the corpus of infant-directed speech and infant-like robot-directed speech." October 21, 2015. Full Text

Mazuka, R, Igarashi, Y, Martin, A, and Utsugi, A. "Infant-directed speech as a window into the dynamic nature of phonology." January 1, 2015. Full Text

Saikachi, Y, Kitahara, M, Nishikawa, K, Kanato, A, and Mazuka, R. "The F0 fall delay of lexical pitch accent in Japanese Infant-directed speech." ISCA, 2012.

Learning to Pay Attention to Language Related Visual Cues awarded by RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2018

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Young Children's use of Prosody in Disambiguating Sentences: The Case of Korean Children awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2003

(98-0852) Sentence Processing in Japanese and English awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 2001

(95-0860) Sentence Processing In Japanese and English awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1999

(93-0562) Study of Sentence Processing in Japanese and English awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1999

(96-0864) Sentence Processing in Japanese and English awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1999

(97-0851) Sentence Processing in Japanese and English awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1999

(95-0984) A Psycholinguistic Study of the Processing Japanese Sentences by Native Speakers awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1997

(92-0958) A Cross-Linguistic Study of Language Comprehension Strategies: A Comparison Between Japanese and English awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1993