PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Eiling Yee, Associate 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: 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
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
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS & RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Roshini Senthilkumar is a Physiology and Neurobiology major in the honors program. She is currently on the pre-med track and hopes to obtain an M.D. to pursue a career as a pediatrician. She is interested in the representation of abstract concepts in the brain and their relationship with semantic memory.
Jhoan Rodriguez is majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Spanish. He is minoring in psychology and is on the pre-med track hoping to pursue a career as an anesthesiologist. He is interested in cognitive and neural representation of abstract and concrete concepts
Athena May is majoring in Psychology, with an interest in abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and cognitive development. She hopes to obtain a Ph.D. and pursue a career in psychology research. She is interested in how mental health disorders affect cognitive development and function in children and young adults.
Genesis Rosario: I am an Allied Health Sciences major, minoring in Anthropology of Global Health. The main interests in my undergraduate career are to expand my knowledge on human and family development, cognitive and psychological processes in humans, and integrative sciences related to human response. I want to develop an overview perspective on human interaction, more so, the family structure of human sciences. I am on the pre-med track, aspiring to become a family medical doctor.
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 is interested in 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. 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.
Charles Davis (Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine) 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.
UNDERGRADUATE LAB ALUMNI