Dr. Middleton’s research focuses on understanding how words are mentally represented and produced, both in healthy speakers as well as in people who have experienced language impairment due to stroke (called aphasia).
A major emphasis in her work is to delineate how treatments can be designed in accord fundamental principles of human learning to maximize and sustain recovery.
Dr. Middleton holds a PhD in cognitive psychology with a specialization in psycholinguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received postdoctoral training in a joint appointment at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Middleton’s published research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals in psychology, neuropsychology, and rehabilitation including Cognition, Cortex, Journal of Memory and Language, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
Dr. Middleton has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Albert Einstein Society (Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA).
- Characterizing the lexical representations and processes that underpin word production, and how they are damaged in aphasia
- Establishing how lexical systems are repaired (i.e., lexical learning) via retrieval practice (i.e., practice with retrieving names from long-term memory) and efficacious schedules of learning
- Impact of lexical competition on lexical learning
- Speech error monitoring in aphasia and implications for lexical learning
Below are selected publications by Dr. Middleton. For a full list of her published research, click here.
*Mentored or co-mentored papers.
Stoll, H., DeWitt, M., Middleton, E. L., & Buxbaum, L. (in press). Treating limb apraxia via action semantic: A preliminary study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
Schuchard, J., Rawson, K. A., & Middleton, E. L. (in press). Effects of distributed practice and criterion level on word retrieval in aphasia. Cognition.
Middleton, E. L., Schuchard, J., & Rawson, K. A. (2020). A review of the application of distributed practice principles to naming treatment in aphasia. Topics in Language Disorders, 40(1), 36-53.
Middleton, E. L., Rawson, K. A., & Verkuilen, J. (2019). Retrieval practice and spacing effects in multi-session treatment of naming impairment in aphasia. Cortex, 119, 386-400.
Anderson, N. D., Holmes, E. W., Dell, G. S., & Middleton, E. L. (2019). Reversal shift in phonotactic learning during language production: Evidence for incremental learning. Journal of Memory and Language, 106, 135-149.
Harvey, D. Y., Traut, H. J., & Middleton, E. L. (2019). Semantic interference in speech error production in a randomized continuous naming task: Evidence from aphasia. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 34(1), 69-86. PMID:30619906
Chen, Q., Middleton, E. L., & Mirman, D. (2018). Words fail: Lesion-symptom mapping of errors of omission in post-stroke aphasia. Journal of Neuropsychology, 13(2), 183-197. PMID:29411521
Lorimor, H., Adams, N. C., Middleton, E. L. (2018). Agreement with conjoined NPs reflects language experience. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. PMID:29725311
Schuchard, J., & Middleton, E. L. (2018). Word repetition and retrieval practice effects in aphasia: Evidence for use-dependent learning in lexical access. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 35(5-6), 271-287. PMID:29724159
Schuchard, J., & Middleton, E. L. (2018). The roles of retrieval practice versus errorless learning in strengthening lexical access in aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 1700-1717. PMID:29946697
*Schuchard, J., Middleton, E. L., & Schwartz, M. F. The timing of spontaneous detection and repair of naming errors in aphasia. Cortex, 93, 79-91. PMID: 28624680
Middleton, E. L., Schwartz, M. F., Rawson, K. A., Traut, H., & Verkuilen, J. Towards a theory of learning for naming rehabilitation: Retrieval practice and spacing effects. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59, 1111-1122. PMID: 27716858
Schwartz, M. F., Middleton, E. L., Brecher, A., Gagliardi, M., & Garvey, K. Does naming accuracy improve through self-monitoring of errors? Neuropsychologia, 84, 272-281. PMID: 26863091
Middleton, E. L., Schwartz, M. F., Rawson, K. A., & Garvey, K. (2015). Test-enhanced learning versus errorless learning in aphasia rehabilitation: Testing competing psychological principles. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41(4), 1253-1261. PMID: 25528093
Middleton, E. L., Chen, Q., & Verkuilen, J. (2015). Friends and foes in the lexicon: Homophone naming in aphasia. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41(1), 77-94. PMID: 25329091
Schwartz, M. F., Middleton, E. L., & Hamilton, R. (2015). Word retrieval impairment in adult aphasia. In R. H. Bahr & E. R. Silliman (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Communication Disorders, (pp. 278-287). New York: Routledge.
Middleton, E. L., & Schwartz, M. F. (2013). Learning to fail in aphasia: An investigation of error learning in naming. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56(4), 1287-1297. PMID: 23816662
Lee, C., Middleton, E., Mirman, D., Kalénine, S., & Buxbaum, L. (2013). Incidental and context-responsive activation of structure- and function-based action features during object identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(1), 257-270. PMID:22390294
Middleton, E. L., & Schwartz, M. F. (2012). Errorless learning in cognitive rehabilitation: A critical review. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22(2), 138-168. PMID:22247957
Kalenine, S., Mirman, D., Middleton, E., & Buxbaum, L. (2012). Temporal dynamics of activation of thematic and functional knowledge during conceptual processing of manipulable artifacts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 38(5), 1274-1295. PMID:22449134
Bock, K., & Middleton, E. L. (2011). Reaching agreement. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 29(4), 1033-1069.
Middleton, E. L., Rawson, K., & Wisniewski, E. J. (2011). How do we process novel conceptual combinations in text? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 64(4), 807-822. PMID:21104564
Middleton, E. L., & Schwartz, M. F. (2010). Density pervades: An analysis of phonological neighborhood density effects in aphasic speakers with different types of naming impairment. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 27(5), 401-427. PMID:21718214
Rawson, K. A., & Middleton, E. L. (2009). Memory-based processing as a mechanism of automaticity in text comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 35(2), 353-370. PMID:19271851
Early Notable Publications
Middleton, E. L., & Wisniewski, E. J., & Trindel, K., & Imai, M. (2004). Separating the chaff from the oats: Evidence for a conceptual distinction between count noun and mass noun aggregates. Journal of Memory and Language, 50(4), 371-394.
Wisniewski, E. J., & Middleton, E. L. (2002). Of bucket bowls and coffee cup bowls: Spatial alignment in conceptual combination. Journal of Memory and Language, 46(1), 1-23.