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
Roisin Healy is a psychological science major with a neuroscience minor. She is currently involved in studying semantic memory and is interested in its cognitive and neural processing. She is also interested in therapy and treatment of patients dealing with psychological disorders.
Emma Dzialo is majoring in biological sciences. She is interested in memory formation and how memories affect future perceptions.
David Bachoy is a 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.
Nicholas Semenza is a senior studying Physiology & Neurobiology while pursuing a minor in Psychology. Hiss research interests include the representation of concepts in addition to language processing. After graduation, Nick hopes to begin medical school and work towards becoming a physician.
Khalil Bradley is a Psychological Sciences major. He’s interested in learning more about the representation of concepts and how they can be affected. One of his long-term goals is to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Isabella Caban is a Psychological Sciences and Human Development & Family Studies double-major, with a minor in English. She is interested in learning about the enhancement of language learning, as well as auditory learning disabilities. She hopes to pursue a career in school psychology, working primarily with students in urban communities.
Jordan Barry is a UConn graduate with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Cognitive Science. He is interested in studying consciousness, how sensation leads to perception and how neural networks learn. His long-term goal is to go to graduate school for Neuroscience.
Conor Hylton is a Molecular and Cellular Biology major, with a minor in Chemistry. He is interested in how objects are perceived and represented by humans. He is currently applying to dental school and hopes to practice as an oral surgeon in the future.
Keisha Alexander is a pre-med with a major in Biological Science and minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her interest lie in the neural representations of different everyday concrete objects.
Sydney Darling is a Physiology and Neurobiology major on a pre-med track. She hopes to pursue a career as a pediatrician. She is interested in neural representations of abstract concepts and semantic memory.
Carol Ann Sharo