PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Eiling Yee, Associate Professor

Department of Psychological SciencesCognitive Science ProgramConnecticut 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.

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Office: Bousfield 170; Lab: Arjona 310




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


Hannah Mechtenberg’s previous research interests focused on the frontal lobe and its function in speech perception, and the role of the basal ganglia during category learning. Her current interests are in how analogical reasoning interacts with language processing during learning. She anticipates using behavioral and functional neuroimaging methods to investigate the interplay between these two systems. She is also interested in the utility of analogies during learning of STEM concepts. She is co-advised by Dr. Emily Myers.


Office: Arjona 300, Phillips Communication Sciences Building, Room 143


Nathan Lautz studies the neurocognitive basis of concepts.  He’s interested in how conceptual knowledge comes to be grounded through experience in the world, with at least some aspects of meaning consequently stored in corresponding sensorimotor and affective systems in the brain.  His research addresses how this grounding affects the format and content of mental representation.


Office: Arjona 300



Caitlin Senni is interested in (1) the conceptual formation, mental representation, and processing of abstract words; (2) language acquisition and performance across individual differences; and (3) Theory of Mind. These interests motivate her desire to study child language assessment, with a particular interest in examining the ways that language bias can shape psychometric items and impact diverse populations.


Office: Arjona 306






Gitte Joergensen: My primary interest is eye tracking and how to integrate eye movements with other measures such as fMRI and EEG. I work on a variety of experiments broadly related to language/reading comprehension, event representation, social communication, and emotion perception. I am also a research advocate for the Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance (LBCA) and have an interest in breast cancer research with a focus on quality of life.


Office: Arjona 308




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Lauren Miller is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she majored in Cognitive Science with Neuroscience and Spanish minors in the Honors Program. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in the future and research neurodegenerative diseases. She is interested in connections between language, cognition, and conceptual integration.







Ishrat (Ishy) Khan is an individualized major studying Systems Neuroscience in the Honors Program. She wishes to pursue a PhD after her undergrad and is interested in research in sensory systems, behavioral neuroscience, cognition, and cognitive disorders.





Fanola Dede is a Physiology and Neurobiology major, minoring in Healthcare Management and Insurance Studies. She hopes to pursue Optometry School after her undergraduate studies. She is interested in cognition and conceptual integration.





Joshua Budnik is a Physiology and Neurobiology/Molecular and Cell Biology double major in the Honors Program. He hopes to attend medical school after his undergraduate studies and is interested in how semantic memory is leveraged in the formation of conceptual similarity relationships.








Jovana Pejovic (Lab Fonetica e Fonological & Baby Lab (FULL), University of Lisbon) is interested in early language development; Preverbal infants; Infant speech perception development; Infant (audio-visual) speech processing; Bilingual language acquisition; Eye-tracking with infants; Electroencephalography (EEG) with infants; Behavioural looking time techniques with infants. Jovana completed her PhD in 2019 at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian, Spain, where she was co-supervised by Monika Molnar (now at University of Toronto).




Peter Boddy (Adoc Talent Management) During his PhD, Peter studied the semantic representation of concepts in the brain. He focussed on 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. Peter completed his PhD in 2020 at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian, Spain, where he was co-supervised by Kepa Paz-Alonso.



CharlesCharles Davis (Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University) is interested in how the mind makes meaning. His research program emphasizes the interactivity of this meaning-making process -- how the brain works together with the body, the language that we speak, and the environment around us to give rise to conceptual knowledge. Charles completed his PhD in Psychological Sciences (Language and Cognition) in 2021 at UConn.





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