Harriet Wood Bowden is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. She was lead author of an article published recently in Neuropsychologia which showed that advanced university learners with immersion experience can attain similar brain processing to native speakers for processing of basic grammar. Another co-authored paper published in Language Teaching Research investigated the effects of feedback with and without metalinguistic information in second language development. A third co-authored paper, accepted for publication in Applied Linguistics, studied learning conditions and working memory capacity in initial stages of second language learning.
In addition, Bowden is collaborating with colleagues in Deaf Education on a Tennessee Higher Education Commission-funded 2014 grant related to writing instruction in the deaf and hard of hearing, and with colleagues in Audiology and Speech Pathology and at the Medical Center on a NeuroNET seed grant to investigate possible parallels between re-learning first language in aphasia patients and learning of second language in older adults.