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'm a Lecturer in Language Acquisition at San Diego State University.
I study how words and signs are organized in people's minds and how the brain supports language and communication in spoken and signed modalities. I'm also curious about how humans accomplish such an incredible feat such as learning a language or multiple languages, especially both spoken/written and signed! I'm particularly interested in the study of signed languages because they can help linguists uncover patterns that are common to all natural languages. Last, but not least, I investigate how the deaf brain adapts to the visual word as a way to understand brain plasticity and reading skills in deaf and hard-of-hearing readers. 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.