PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Eiling Yee, Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological Sciences; Cognitive Science Program; Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences
The goal of much of the research in my lab is to understand how meaning is represented (how do you know what a lemon, or joy is?) —particularly the cognitive and neural representations of concepts. An area of particular interest is the relationship between context (e.g., perceptual information and experiences) and language and/or conceptual processing. I also have interests in spoken word recognition and language processing more broadly.
Office: Bousfield 170; Lab: Arjona 310
POST DOC & LAB MANAGER
Gitte Joergensen is interested in how we represent different dimensions of events during language processing. More specifically, she is interested in how changes in time, and state are processed and integrated into current event representations. For example, in sentences like “The woman will drop the ice cream. But first, she will look at the ice cream”, we must maintain two distinct representations of the ice cream – before and after it was dropped. But how do these representations interact as language unfolds?
Office: Arjona 308
Charles Davis is interested in semantic representation in language, and the neural circuits that support these representations. His current work investigates the interaction of semantic and episodic memory in the processing of abstract concepts, and the role of the hippocampus in this relation. He is also interested in the distributed representation of semantic memory across sensorimotor areas of the brain (the extent to which sensory, perceptual, and motor areas are involved in processing language), and how these ideas may connect to language creation and, from an evolutionary perspective, non-human communication.
Office: Arjona 300
Hannah Morrow is interested in the neural organization of semantic memory, particularly the ways in which we acquire and use our knowledge of concepts. Her current work focuses on the integration of concept knowledge across modalities and the neural circuits supporting this process. She is also interested in the differences between the representations of abstract compared to concrete concepts, and the different mechanisms underlying how these types of concepts are stored and retrieved.
Office: Arjona 300
Peter Boddy (Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language) studies the semantic representation of concepts in the brain. He is particularly interested in sensorimotor/grounded accounts of knowledge and how context, whether it be the environment you are in, the activities you are multitasking or the idiosyncrasies of your previous experiences, affects how you think about objects. He is currently investigating how Parkinson’s Disease can affect the representation of objects like tools. Peter is completing his PhD at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian, Spain, where he is co-supervised by Kepa Paz-Alonso.
Jovana Pejovic (Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language) is interested in multisensory speech perception in infants, bilingual language acquisition, interaction between speech perception and speech production, and multisensory processing in general. Her current work is on the interaction between auditory, visual and articulatory-motor processing in monolingual and bilingual infants during speech perception development. Jovana is completing her PhD at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian, Spain, where she is co-supervised by Monika Molnar (now at University of Toronto).
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS & RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Jenna Lee is a Junior Cognitive Science major with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is interested in understanding how past experiences affect our perception of concepts and how it changes the behavior in how we make decisions towards others and the environment over time.
Spencer Ferris is a recent graduate from the University, attending graduate school in two years to receive a Doctorate in Psychology. Double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science, he is interested in sound perception, specifically in how it relates to our both our understanding of and the emotional connection to music that individuals develop.
Roisin Healy is a psychological science major with a neuroscience minor. She is currently involved in studying semantic memory. She is interested in the cognitive and neural processes of the brain and the therapy and treatment with patients dealing with psychological disorders. She will be interning at the Wediko Summer Program in New Hampshire this summer to establish a safe and nourishing environment for children 9-19 years with developmental disabilities.
Brandon Strom is a junior, majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in both Neuroscience and Computer Science. He is happy to be a part of the lab, and looks forward to learning more about how abstract concepts are represented in the brain.
Abigail Campbellis a Junior Research Psychology major with a Neuroscience/English minor. She is interested in the neural mechanisms underlying learning and memory storage. She is also very interested in neurodegenerative disorders and the neurobiology of depression.
Sneha Dontha is a junior Psychology major with minors in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Neuroscience. She is interested in memory formation and is excited to be a part of the Yee Lab.
Sarina Shafiyan-Rad is a Junior Physiology and Neurobiology major with a minor in Molecular and Cell Biology. She is interested in understanding how specific nonverbal postures can affect the neuroendocrine levels and the overall confidence levels of individuals. She is very excited to study the bridge between how individuals’ feelings and thought processes could be later translated into physiological and behavioral choices.
Jonathan Serino is a junior Biological Sciences major with a minor in Chemistry. He is excited to be assisting in research regarding semantic memory and the many factors that affect it.
Emma Dzialo is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences. She is very excited to be a part of the Yee Lab this summer. She is interested in research about memory formation and about how memories affect future perceptions.
David Bachoy is a junior Physiology & Neurobiology and Psychology double major with a minor in Neuroscience. He is interested in the neurobiological basis of abnormal psychology in concepts such as learning and memory throughout development. His long-term goal is to obtain an MD and practice medicine in the field on anesthesiology.
Addison Kimber is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences. She is interested in interpersonal relationships and how cultural differences in learning affect our memory and relations with one another.
Carol Ann Sharo