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Fatemeh Abdollahi

fxa143 AT psu.edu

Fatemeh is a fifth year cognitive psychology graduate student, pursuing a dual-title degree in Language Science and a Specialization in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in all aspects of language and cognition, and has worked on a variety of projects in these domains. The focus of her masters project was on the behavioral and neurocognitive correlates of early second language learning in adults and children.

Carla Fernandez

cbf140 AT psu.edu

Carla is a fourth year cognitive psychology grad student in the BiLD lab and Center for Language Science at Penn State. She is pursuing a dual-title degree in Cognitive Psychology and Language Science. Her research interests include the relationship between bilingualism and cognitive control and creativity. In her free time she enjoys playing and watching tennis, she also loves to travel and experiencing new cultures.

Kaitlyn Litcofsky

kal378 AT psu.edu

 

Kaitlyn is a sixth year cognitive psychology grad student in the BiLD lab and Center for Language Science at Penn State. She is also pursuing a dual-title degree in Language Science and a Specialization in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research interest is in interaction in adult language processing. Her Master's work focused on the interaction between a bilingual's two languages in sentential code-switching in Spanish-English bilinguals using behavioral and ERP methods. Currently, she is conducting her dissertation research examining the interaction of production and comprehension within a speaker during different dialogue situations. See more at her website.

 

Yushuang Liu

yliu.psu AT gmail.com

Yushuang comes from Taiwan and she is a first-year graduate student in developmental psychology. She received her BA degree in psychology from Wuhan University in China and MA degree at San Diego State University. She is generally interested in child second language learning. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, video-chatting with her 12-year-old little sister, and playing with her roommate's kitties!

 

Caitlin Ting

cyt5016 AT psu.edu

Caitlin is a sixth year graduate student pursuing the dual title Ph.D. in Psychology and Language Science and the Specialization of Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

For her dissertation, Caitlin examined the relationship between language and music. In her first experiment, Caitlin examined whether cognitive control is involved in syntactic processing in music and whether prior experience modulates how cognitive control is involved (e.g., bilingualism, musical training, and tonal language use). In her second experiment, Caitlin used ERPs to examine whether and how the time course of syntactic processing of ambiguities and violations in language and in music are similar (or different).

For her Master's, Caitlin investigated whether bilinguals and monolinguals rely on the same or different cognitive control mechanisms to resolve within-language conflict (bilinguals and monolinguals) and across-language conflict (bilinguals) using behavioral measures. She also investigated whether the same or different mechanisms recruited to resolve linguistic conflict are used to solve non-linguistic conflict, as well as whether the mechanisms vary by speaker type.

Additionally, Caitlin has investigated how semantic information provided by sentential context affects language processing in monolingual and bilinguals, the neural correlates of codeswitching using fMRI, as well as the effect of socio-contextual triggers and living environment on the processing of upcoming codeswitches.

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