Research & Publications

Dr. Yamasaki is a cognitive and developmental neuroscientist whose research is centered around four content areas: (1) Understanding how language and executive processes support and constrain native- and second-language literacy development, (2) Understanding how second-language experience contributes to individual differences in executive processes and language- and literacy-related academic outcomes, (3) Understanding how executive processes support and constrain second-language learning, and (5) Modeling individual differences in executive processes in children and adults. To explore these questions, she utilizes an individual differences approach, employing diverse methods including multi-level modeling of behavioral and neural data, and analysis of large-scale publicly available datasets.

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.


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. P. Afflerbach (Ed). Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading: Text and Context, p. 331-347.

Prat, C. S., & Yamasaki, B. L. (2015). The cognitive and neural correlates of individual differences in inferential processes. A. Cook, B. Lorch, & E. O’Brien (Eds). Inferences during Reading, p. 210-227.

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. & Prat, C. S. (Under Revision). Predictors and Consequences of Individual Differences in Cross-Linguistic Interactions: A Model of Second Language Reading Skill. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

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

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

Luk, G., Yamasaki, B. L., & Mancilla-Martinez, J. (In Prep). Academic performance among elementary students with diverse language experiences.

Prat, C. S., Yamasaki, B. L., & Stocco, A. (In Prep). Basal ganglia signal filtering predicts language learning in adulthood.

Yamasaki, B. L. & Booth, J. R. (In Prep). Phonological and Semantic Neural Specialization Predicting Growth in Reading Skill. *Preregistered study: