Laboratory for Language & Cognitive Neuroscience
San Diego State University
California, United States
I am a Research Scientist at San Diego State University, Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience (LLCN) at San Diego State University. I received my Ph.D. from University College London (UCL) in Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences (now UCL Psychology & Language Sciences, PaLS). I am a multilingual brain nerd and interested in all things linguistics.
I study the structure of the mental lexicon and how individuals who know multiple languages in both spoken and signed modalities store and organize words in their mind. I particularly use the study of signed languages to uncover universal patterns across all natural languages. I also focus on word recognition and reading in congenitally deaf and hearing people. Finally, I am interested in perception and visual recognition to deepen our understanding of brain plasticity in understudied populations. I co-founded and developed a large lexical database for American Sign Language (ASL-LEX.org) and created the first publicly available picture naming norms for ASL (ASL-PND). My latest work utilizes automatic video analysis and machine learning algorithms to boost our linguistic research.
I have a passion for science communication and poetry. I host monthly science edutainment shows, Nerd Nite San Diego and review for Consilience Journal, a peer-reviewed open-access journal of science communication through poetry and art. I offer online mentorship, academic writing & research skills support to students in higher education all over the world.