PhD, Temple University
Developmental Cognitive and Linguistics Neuroscience
My research integrates three different areas of psychology: neurocognitive development, language acquisition and conceptual development. I am currently investigating the neurological correlates of children's understanding of complex words (love, hate, freedom, heaven) and how these change with development. Further I am interested in the development of verb concepts, which generally are more abstract and difficult than noun concepts, using electrophysiological measures, specifically Event Related Potentials or ERPs.
Schneider, J.M., Abel, A.D., Ogiela, D., Middleton, A. & Maguire, M.J. (2016). Developmental differences in beta and theta power during sentence processing. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 19-30.
Schwarz, A. L., van Kleeck, A., Maguire, M. J., & Abdi, H. (2106). Do action out verbs with dolls and analogical reasoning between two events boost toddlers’ verb comprehension? Journal of Child Language DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305000916000076.
Maguire, M.J., Abel, A.D., Schneider, J., Fitzhugh, A., McCord, J., & Jeevakumar, V. (2015). Electroencephalography theta differences between object nouns and action verbs when identifying semantic relations. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(6), 1-11.