Hia Datta

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    I enjoy the intimate learning environment with small class sizes and the opportunity to experiment with my teaching at Molloy. I appreciate the encouragement to grow and test new ways of pedagogy.

  • Academic Interests

    I am interested in the brain and how we employ it to communicate. I am interested in researching the neural bases of communication and I am interested in creating interest about the brain in students.

     My research interests include finding out how we use our brains to learn language as infants and children and how we become efficient in this process as adults. I am particularly curious as to how the brain organizes and manages multiple languages, i.e., how the bilingual/multilingual brain functions. Further, I want to know what happens  to communication when the brain deviates from typical development or encounters injury in the form of trauma or stroke.

    Academics is not limited to research. Teaching excites me. I am interested in discovering how to make a difference in the classroom and what fosters successful learning in students. I am interested in demonstrating how interest in research can motivate classroom education.

  • What I am working on

    I am currently involved in two projects. One involves investigating language and music processing in children with autism in collaboration with the Department of Music Therapy and Speech Language Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. The other entails benefits of language therapy on school age children with Susan Alimonti as principal investigator. I am grateful to the Faculty Scholarship Committee for monies for these projects.

  • Publications/Presentations


    Shafer, V.L., Morr, M., Datta, H., Kurtzberg, D. & Scwartz, R. (2005). Neurophysiological indices of speech processing deficits in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17(7), 1168 - 1180

    Wang, W., Datta, H. & Sussman, E. (2005). The development of the length of the temporal window of integration for rapidly presented auditory information as indexed by MMN. Clinical Neurophysiology, 116, 1695-1706

    Gitterman, M., & Datta, H. (2007). Neurolinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism. In Eds. J. Centeno, L.K. Obler & R Anderson. Studying Communication Disorders In Spanish Speakers: Theoretical, Research, & Clinical Aspects. MultiLingual Matters, UK

    Shafer, V.,  Ponton, C., Datta, H., Morr, M., & Schwartz, R.  (2007). Neurophysiological indices of attention to speech in children with specific language impairment. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118(6), 1230-1243.

    Datta, H., Shafer, ,V. L., Morr, M., Kurtzberg, D., & Schwartz, R. (2010). Electrophysiological indices of discrimination of long-duration, phonetically similar vowels in children with typical and atypical language development, Journal of Speech Hearing and Language Research, 53(3), 757-777.

    Zevin J. D., Datta, H., Maurer, U., Rosania, K. A and McCandliss, B. D . (2010). Native language experience influences the topography of the mismatch negativity to speech. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 1-12.

    Shafer, V. L., Yan, Y. H. & Datta, H. (2010). Maturation of speech discrimination in four to seven-year old children as indexed by Event-Related Potential Mismatch Responses. Ear and Hearing, 31(6), 735-745.

    Zevin, J.D., Datta, H. & Skipper, J.I. (In press) Sensitive periods for language and recovery from stroke: Conceptual and practical parallels. Developmental Psychobiology

    Shafer, V. L., Yan, Y. H. & Datta, H. (2010). The Development of English Vowel Perception in Monolingual and Bilingual Infants:  Neurophysiological Correlates. Journal of Phonetics

    Zevin, J.D., Datta, H. & Skipper, J.I. (2012) Sensitive periods for language and recovery from stroke: Conceptual and practical parallels. Developmental Psychobiology, 54(3), 332-


    Datta, H (2012). First-Language Attrition in Bengali-English-Speaking Individuals. Perspectives: Special Interest Group 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, 19(1), 21-28.

    Hisagi, M., Garrido-Nag, K., Datta, H. & Shafer, V. L. (2015) ERP indices of vowel processing in Spanish-English bilinguals. Bilingualism and Cognition. 18(2). 271-289.

    Invited Talks

    • Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders, NYU, on October 6, 2009: L1 lexical attrition in Bengali-English speaking individuals
    • Keynote speaker at the International Symposium on Bilingual Aphasia, on January 5, 2010: Neural Correlates of Lexical Access in Language Attrition
    • Datta H. (2013). Confronting the challenges of teaching. Invited talk presented at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
    • Datta H. (2013). Language processing in bilinguals. Invited talk presented at the New York Neuropsychology Association Meeting.