Research & Publications

Dr. Yamasaki is a cognitive and developmental neuroscientist. Her program of research seeks to uncover: (1) how executive processes facilitate neural specialization and (2) how that specialization then supports the development of language and reading skills. To explore these questions, she utilizes an individual differences approach, employing diverse methods including multi-level modeling of behavioral and neural data, secondary analyses of large-scale public datasets, and Bayesian methods.

For quick reference, a list of Dr. Yamasaki’s publications are listed below. A PDF version of her full C.V. is available for download here.


Bice, K., Yamasaki, B. L., & Prat, C. S. (2020). Bilingual language experience shapes resting-state brain rhythms. Neurobiology of Language, 1(3), 288-318.

Yamasaki, B. L. & Prat, C. S. (2020). Predictors and Consequences of Individual Differences in Cross-Linguistic Interactions: A Model of Second Language Reading Skill. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-13.

Zhou, P., Prat, C. S., Yamasaki, B. L., & Stocco, A. (2020). Monitoring of Attentional Oscillations Through Spectral Similarity Analysis Predicts Reading Comprehension. Brain and Language, 200.

Yamasaki, B. L., Stocco, A., Liu, A. S., & Prat, C. S. (2019). Effects of bilingual language experience on basal ganglia computations: A dynamic causal modeling test of the conditional routing model. Brain and Language, 197.

Prat, C. S., Yamasaki, B. L., Peterson, E. R. (2019). Individual differences in resting-state brain rhythms uniquely predict second language learning rate and willingness to communicate in adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(1), 78-94.

Yamasaki, B. L. & Luk, G. (2018). Eligibility for special education in elementary school: The role of diverse language experiences. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 49(4), 889-901.

Yamasaki, B. L., Stocco, A., & Prat, C. S. (2018). Relating individual differences in bilingual language experiences to executive attention. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 33(9), 1128-1151.

Stocco, A., Yamasaki, B. L., & Prat, C. S. (2018). Human Performance Across Decision Making, Selective Attention, and Working Memory Tasks: Experimental Data and Computer Simulations. Data in Brief, 17, 907-914.

Kim, D. S., McCabe, C. J., Yamasaki, B. L., Louie, K. T., & King, K. M. (2017). Detecting Random Responders with Infrequency Scales using an Error Balancing Threshold. Behavior Research Methods, 1-11.

Stocco, A., Murray, N., L. Yamasaki, B. L., Renno, T., J. & Nguyen, J. (2017). Individual differences in the Simon effect are underpinned by differences in the competitive dynamics in the basal ganglia: An experimental verification and a computational model. Cognition, 164, 31-45.

Prat, C. S., Yamasaki, B. L., Kluender, K. A., & Stocco, A. (2016). Resting-State EEG Predicts Rate of Second Language Learning in Adults. Brain and Language, 157-158, 44-50.

Prat, C. S., Seo, R., & Yamasaki, B. L. (2016).  The role of individual differences in working memory capacity on reading comprehension ability. In P. Afflerbach (Ed), Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading: Text and Context (pp. 331-347). New York, NY: Routledge.

Prat, C. S. & Yamasaki, B. L. (2015). The cognitive and neural correlates of individual differences in inferential processes.  In E. J. O’Brien, A. E. Cook, & R. F. Lorch, Jr. (Eds), Inferences during Reading (pp. 210-227). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Yamasaki, B. L. & Prat, C. S. (2014). The importance of managing interference for second language reading ability: An individual differences investigation. Discourse Processes, 51(5-6), 445-467.

Stocco, A., Yamasaki, B. L., Natalenko, R., & Prat, C. S. (2014). Bilingual brain training: A neurobiological framework of how bilingual experience improves executive function. International Journal of Bilingualism, 18(1), 67-92.


Yamasaki, B. L., Bitan, T., Dronjic, V., Nathaniel, U., Lytle, M. N., Eidelsztein, S., Nir, B., & Booth, J. R. (Revision Under Review). The role of prior knowledge in morphological learning in an artificial second language. *Registered Report

Mottarella, M., Yamasaki, B. L., & Prat, C. S. (Revision Under Review). Relating individual differences in reading skill to neural indices of proactive control and online filtering during a working memory task.

Yamasaki, B. L., McGregor, K. K.,& Booth, J. R. (Submitted). Early phonological neural specialization predicts later growth in word reading skills. *Preregistered study:

Wang, J., Yamasaki, B. L., Weiss, Y., & Booth, J. R. (Submitted). Both frontal and temporal cortex exhibit phonological and semantic specialization during spoken language processing in 7- to 8-year-old children.