Principal Investigators

Victor Ferreira (vita)

Research Interests
  • Investigation of the mechanisms of language production, especially with regard to grammar, lexical structure, and speaker-hearer interactions.
  • Computation and quantitative modeling of cognitive processes, including those involved in lexical access and syntactic production.

Tamar Gollan

Research Interests
  • How do bilinguals maintain such effective control over language selection, and to what extent does language control rely on domain-general executive control? Do older bilinguals have more difficulty juggling two languages, and how does Alzheimer’s disease change a person’s ability to speak two languages?
  • The clinical goals in Dr. Gollan’s research are 1) to determine whether performance differences between bilinguals and monolinguals will interfere with the detection of cognitive impairment in bilinguals, and 2) to develop tests that cater more specifically to assessment of bilinguals.

Post Doctoral Researchers

Chuchu Li

Research Interests
  • My research interests include phonological processing in language production, and language control in bilinguals. I have been working a series of studies that investigated how speakers in different age periods and/or with different language background retrieve and process phonological information during spoken word production. Currently, my work focuses more on language switching among bilinguals. 
Shota Momma

Research Interests
  • I am specifically interested in how we assemble sentence structures in speaking and understanding. An overarching question in my research is whether we need two different models for assembling sentence structures for speaking and understanding, or just one single model is sufficient.
 Dorit Segal


Graduate Students

Y. Danbi Ahn


Aubrey Lau

Research Interests
  • Broadly speaking, I am interested in sentence processing, bilingualism, and language production. Most topics I have worked on are motivated by cross-linguistic differences and speech errors.

  • Intuitively, learning a grammatical system with exceptions is more challenging than learning one without. Then how does our processing system tolerate exceptions? What are the benefits of having them at all? Using artificial language experiments, I examine how grammatical features (of systems varying in systematicity) are represented in the mind through analyzing production patterns.

    Adam Morgan

    Research Interests
      • How do we translate thought to language?
      • Where and how does the brain store abstract syntactic information?

      • Why do all* SVO languages put relative clauses after nouns? Why do all languages that use resumptive pronouns also use gaps? Why are there so many SOV languages?  Can general processing mechanisms account for these patterns or could they stem from innate linguistic knowledge?

         Alena Stasenko

        Research Interests
        • I apply behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine language production and executive function in young and aging bilinguals (primarily Spanish-English), and bilinguals with Alzheimer’s disease with the goal of informing cognitive theories and improving neuropsychological assessment of the growing number of bilinguals.

        Brendan Tomoschuk

        Research Interests

        • Language interference in third language learning
        • Input diversity in second language word learning
        • self assessment in bilingual language proficiency
        • accented speech and lexical access
        • the neural understandings of color perception in bilinguals

        Research Assistants

        Rosa Montoya
        Mayra Murillo

        Undergraduate Research Assistants

        Dana Abusaleh
        Diana Cervantes
        Amparo Davalos
        Jasmin Hernandez
        Makenzie Johnson
        Jennica Li
        Erika Morozumi
        Stephanie Ngo
        Vida Sadeghi
        Tianyi Wang
        Lixiang Zhou
        Paulina Becerra
        Selen Iskenderoglu
        HeeSun Jung
        Seyedeh Shariatipour
        Emily Wilds
        Marina Hanna
        Tiffany Ho
        Kimberly Yew


        Connie Kim
        Chhing Tiv
        Jairo Rodriguez-torres
        Madel Penaloza
        Melanie Kwok
        Michelle Fung
        Anges Vu

        Co-advisors of post docs and graduate students

        Graduates and Former Post Docs

        H. Wind Cowles
        Nicholas Gruberg
        Claudio Hartmann
        Tanya Kraljic
        Rachel Ostrand
        Liane Wardlow
        Vic Ferreira,
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