Dr Deanna Friesen

Assistant Professor

Profile

I am thrilled to return to Western and join the Faculty of Education in the Applied Psychology Arc. I study bilingualism and its impact on language and cognitive processing. Specifically, I am investigating how bilingualism as a life experience modifies language use and how the cognitive system responds to the need to manage two languages. This work includes investigations of bilingual word recognition, sentence processing and speech perception. My current projects are examining how individual differences in language proficiency and executive control ability are related to how bilinguals activate knowledge from both of their languages when reading sentences and words. I have been using behavioural, eye-tracking, and neural (i.e., EEG) measures to address these questions.

Additionally, I am investigating how to support reading comprehension in bilingual readers. To this end, I am investigating what reading strategies are employed by pre-service teachers of second language learners in their own reading and how this translate to their practice. I am also examining the relationship between language proficiency, executive control ability and reading strategy use in bilingual students. The goal is to determine characteristics that differentiate successful bilingual readers from less successful readers in order to support reading development in bilingual students who are struggling.

I completed my graduate work in Educational Psychology (M.A) and Cognitive Psychology (Ph.D.) here at Western in 2010. I received further training in Cognitive Development and Event Related Potentials (ERPs) as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at York University.

If you are interested in my work, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Expertise Areas

Recent Publications

Refereed Publications

Grundy, J.G., Chung-Fat-Yim, A., Friesen, D. C., Mak, L. & Bialystok, E. (in press). Sequential Congruency Effects Reveal Differences in Disengagement of Attention for Monolingual and Bilingual Young Adults. Cognition.

Friesen, D. C., Oh, J. & Bialystok, E. (2016). Phonologically-mediated meaning activation in monolinguals and bilinguals: Evidence from homophone effects in ERP. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 6, 262-289.

Friesen, D. C., Chung-Fat-Yim, A., & Bialystok, E (2016). Lexical selection differences between monolingual and bilingual listeners. Brain & Language, 152, 1-13.

Friesen, D.C., Luo, L., Luk, G. & Bialystok, E. (2015). Proficiency and control in verbal fluency performance across the lifespan for monolinguals and bilinguals. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30, 238-250.

Friesen, D. C., Latman, V., Calvo, A., & Bialystok, E. (2015). Attention during visual search: The benefit of bilingualism. The International Journal of Bilingualism, 19, 693-702.

Friesen, D. C., Jared, D., & Haigh, C.A. (2014). Phonological processing dynamics in bilingual word naming. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 179-193.

Friesen, D. C., & Bialystok, E. (2012). Metalinguistic ability in bilingual children: The role of executive control. Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata/Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, 12, 47- 56.

Friesen, D. C., & Joanisse, M. F. (2012). Homophone effects in deaf readers: Evidence from lexical decision. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 25, 375-388.

Friesen, D. C., & Jared, D. (2012). Cross-language phonologically-mediated activation of meaning: Evidence from category verification. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15, 145-156.

Moreno, S., Friesen, D. C., & Bialystok, E. (2011). Effect of music training on promoting preliteracy skills: Preliminary causal evidence. Music Perception, 29, 165-172.

Friesen, D. C., & Jared, D. (2007). Cross-language message- and word-level transfer effects in bilingual text processing. Memory & Cognition, 35, 1540-1554.

Book Chapter

Friesen, D.C., & Bialystok, E. (2013). Control and representation in bilingualism: Implications for pedagogy. In J. Schwieter (Ed.), Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism. (pp. 223 – 240). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Conference Proceedings

Jared, D., Haigh, C., & Friesen, D. (2008). Cross-language phonological activation in bilingual word naming. In V. C. Mueller-Gathercole (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Models of Interaction in Bilinguals. Bangor, Wales: ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory & Practice at Bangor University.

Conference Presentations

Friesen, D.C., Jared, D., Whitford, V. & Titone, D. (2016, November). Phonologically-mediated meaning activation during bilingual sentence processing. Poster presented at the 57th annual Psychonomics Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.

Chung-Fat-Yim, A., Friesen, D. C., Timmer, K., & Bialystok, E. (2014, July). Electrophysiological differences between monolinguals and bilinguals on the Flanker task. Poster presented at the 24th annual Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, Toronto, Canada.

Chung-Fat-Yim, A., Friesen, D. C. & Bialystok, E. (2013, November). Lexical resolution from semantic competitors in monolinguals and bilinguals. Poster presented at the 54th annual Psychonomics Conference, Toronto, Canada

Bialystok, E. & Friesen, D. C. (2013, May). Neuroplasticity in bilinguals: Evidence from verbal and nonverbal control. Keynote presented at the International workshop on Bilingualism and Cognitive Control, Krakow, Poland.

Friesen, D. C., & Bialystok, E. (2012, November). Investigating the bilingual advantage in a verbal conflict task. Poster presented at the 53rd annual Psychonomics Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Friesen, D. C., & Bialystok, E. (2012, July). Phonologically-mediated semantic activation in bilingual and monolingual readers. Poster presented at the 19th annual Society for the Scientific Study of Reading Meeting, Montréal, Québec.

Friesen, D. C., Rakoczy, M., & Bialystok, E. (2011, November). Resolution of lexical competition in monolingual and bilingual listeners. Poster presented at the 52nd annual Psychonomics Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Friesen, D. C., & Jared, D. (2009, November). Cross-language activation of meaning in bilinguals. Poster presented at the 50th annual Psychonomics Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.

Friesen, D. C., & Jared, D. (2009, June). Semantic activation in bilingual word recognition: Evidence from translation and semantic priming. Poster presented at the Contextualizing Bilingualism Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Friesen, D. C., & Jared, D. (2009, March). Bilingual semantic activation during sentence processing. Paper presented at the Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research, London, Ontario.

Friesen, D. C., & Jared, D. (2008, October). Semantic activation in bilingual word recognition: Evidence from interlingual homophones. Poster presented at the Models of Interaction in Bilinguals Conference, Bangor, Wales.

Jared, D., Friesen, D. C., & Haigh, C.A. (2008, October). Cross-language phonological activation in bilingual word naming. Paper presented at the Models of Interaction in Bilinguals Conference, Bangor, Wales.

Friesen, D. C., & Jared, D. (2008, June). Exploring the role of semantics in bilingual word recognition: Evidence from interlingual homophones. Poster presented at the 18th annual Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science Conference, London. ON.

Friesen, D. C., Rosser, V., Jared, D. (2007, June). The role of semantics in bilingual word recognition: Evidence from Interlingual homographs and cognates. Paper presented at the 6th annual Canadian Language and Literacy Network Conference, Calgary, AB.

Friesen, D. C., Joanisse, M. F., & Maxwell, K. (2006, June). Homophone effects in deaf readers: Do deaf adults use phonology during silent reading? Poster presented at the 5th annual Canadian Language and Literacy Network Conference, Charlottetown, PEI. -Poster Award

Friesen, D. C. & Jared, D. (2005, November). Factors influencing cross-language word transfer in bilingual text processing. Poster presented at the 46th annual Psychonomics Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Friesen, D. C. & Jared, D. (2004, November). Cross-language transfer of word- and text-level information in fluent reading. Poster presented at 45th annual Psychonomics Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Friesen, D. C. & Chovez-McKinnon, C. (2002, April). Etiology of Deafness and its Relation to Intelligence and Social-Emotional Adjustment in School-Aged Deaf Children from a Residential School. Invited Talk at Robarts School for the Deaf, London, ON.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Taught

  • Mind, Brain and Education
  • Evidence-based Interventions in Schools
  • Academic Learning for Students with Exceptionalities
  • Special Education and Inclusion