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Bridget Adduce

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Bridget was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD Lab. She is interested in bilingualism in the brain, particularly code-switching, as well as second language acquisition. Bridget loves learning language and plans to continue her research in hopes of eventually earning a PIRE grant to do this research abroad.

Sofia Alvarez

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Sofia was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab, majoring in Neuropsychology with a minor in women's studies. She has an interest in bilingualism, language acquisition and language processing and enjoyed working with ERPs.  Sofia is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and recently completed a practicum with the Health Psychology Group of South Florida in preparation.

Kathleen Ammerman

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Kathleen was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. She is interested in child development, child psychopathology and language acquisition. She also has personal interests in foreign language and music. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Georgetown University, in the Neuroscience department.

Annemarie Butkiewicz

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Annemarie was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. She is pursuing degrees in French and Communication Arts and Sciences. She spent a summer studying French at the Centre Linguistique Appliqué in Besançon, France. She is also a French tutor for the Penn State Learning Center and a reporter for the Daily Collegian. She hopes to gain more experience with research and learn more about bilingualism.

Chris Champi

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Chris is a Hispanic Linguistics graduate student in the Center for Language Science at Penn State. He is pursuing a dual-title degree in Hispanic Linguistics and Language Science. His research interests include language acquisition and sociolinguistic variation with emphasis in subject expression in Spanish. He also works with Dr. Karen Miller in the Language Acquisition Lab on her NSF funded project titled "The effect of variable input on children’s acquisition of null subjects" and travels frequently to Santo Domingo to collect both child and adult speech data. In the BiLD lab, he expanded his research depth to include a focus on language processing using experimental techniques.

Ingemarie Donker

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Ingemarie was a visiting scholar from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She is a research master student in Linguistics and the semester in the BILD lab was her internship. She loves basically anything to do with language, but is very interested in bilingualism, (second) language acquisition and language processing. In the BiLD lab she gained experience in EEG/ERP techniques and got involved in the great research done there.

Kevin Donley

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Kevin Donley was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. He spent a semester studying spanish linguistics in Quito, Ecuador. He is double-majoring in spanish and psychology. Kevin is interested in gaining experience in research and learning more about bilingualism and code switching, particularly between Spanish and English.
Paige Elinsky

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Paige dual majored in Psychology and Spanish. She worked as a research assistant in the BiLD lab for two years. She was awarded a summer PIRE fellowship in Granada, Spain. There, she conducted research on sentential codeswitching in Spanish-English bilinguals with Teresa Bajo at La Universidad de Granada.

John Elkhoury

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John was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. He double majored in both Neuropsychology and French Linguistics. He also served as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for a Psych100 course as well as a psychology proctor and French Tutor. Language has always interested him because the majority of his family resides outside of the U.S. He plans on teaching English in France as well as pursuing graduate school in either medicine, linguistics, or neuroscience.

Sarah Fairchild

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Sarah is a graduate of Penn State with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in media studies.  She was a part of the BiLD lab since the fall of 2011, and as an undergraduate research assistant received a PIRE fellowship to conduct a codeswitching study at Bangor University in Wales.  She is currently attending graduate school.
Katie Genovese

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Katie was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. She majored in psychology with a concentration in Biology and Evolution and a minor in Spanish.  Katie worked in the Bilingualism and Language Development lab to further explore her interests in language and psychology and gain invaluable experiences in the world of research.  Katie plans to attend graduate school for psychology or speech pathology.

Monika Goralczyk


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Monika was an undergraduate student in the BiLD lab. Her goal is to be accepted into a Dietetic Internship this spring and possibly work towards a Master's in Nutrition. Her dream is to work with adolescents who struggle with eating disorders. Growing up speaking Polish, Monika is extremely interested in learning more about bilingualism through research.



Kyle Jack

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Kyle was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. He double majored in Psychology and Integrative Arts and minored in Dance and Theater. He has done his own research on how different variables effect stress levels for the ACURA (Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities). He is looking forward to broadening his horizons in Psychology. In the future he wants to go to graduate school for dance therapy or become a teacher.

Merel Keijzer

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Merel Keijzer was a visiting scholar at the Center for Language Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Her home institution is the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where she holds a position as assistant professor/Rosalind Franklin fellow at the Center for Language and Cognition, working within the Neurolinguistics and language development group. Her research interests are best described as covering language development across the lifespan with a focus on bilingual language acquisition and processing. Her current research project investigates the cognitive and language control of late L1 Dutch speakers of L2 English who moved to an English-speaking environment (Australia) at a post-puberty age and who are now classified as older adults (75 years or older). In particular, the project sets out to see if the often anecdotally reported reversion to the L1 in this age group is more accurately defined as age-related reduced cognitive and bilingual control.

Grace Kim

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Grace was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. She is interested in child development and language processing in bilinguals. She hopes to gain a better understanding of research in psychology and prepare for graduate school.

Jenny Kline

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Jenny Kline was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. After receiving a PIRE grant, Jenny had the opportunity to extend her bilingualism research abroad where she examined the effect of child and foreign-accented speech on sentence comprehension in bilingual and multilingual listeners in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Silviana Lee

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Silviana majored in Neuropsychology and minored in Biology and International Studies. After spending a semester abroad in Singapore, she returned to the BiLD lab for a second year. Due to her background as a bilingual in Korean and English she is interested in all sorts of languages and is keen on bilingual research.

Amalie Maranhao-Klahr

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Amalie was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. She is interested in psychology and biology as it relates to the language processes of the brain and how these processes affect how we perceive the world and how the world perceives us. She hopes to become more familiar with the research process and gained valuable experience working in the lab. She plans on using the knowledge she gained to apply to graduate schools.

Mahsa Morid

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Mahsa is an MA student of Teaching English as a Second Language in Iran. She is interested in second language learning, bilingualism, inferencing, and discourse analysis.
She conducted research in the BiLD lab using event related potential techniques. She investigated how the morphosyntax in the first language influences the second in highly proficient L2 learners.
Ama S. Nimako-Boateng

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Ama was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab, majoring in Science: Biological Science and Health Profession Option and minoring in business. She spent 10 days in Ghana, West Africa with the Global Medical Brigades and plans on eventually moving there to practice medicine. She is interested in studying Spanish because she wants to practice medicine in the States and has a personal interest in bilingualism. She is interested in doing research to learn more about bilingualism.

Christina Nguyen

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Christina was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. She majored in Psychology and minored in Human Development and Family Studies. Christina is interested in child development and how speaking a language of a specific culture could influence the way in which a child perceives respect and hierarchy and how that could affect his/her brain development. She plans on furthering her interest on this topic through applying to applied developmental programs.

Leah Pappas

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Leah was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab, seeking to broaden her knowledge in linguistics and explore new areas of research. She received degrees in French and Linguistics with a minor in Spanish. She completed research through the PIRE fellowship. Her research looked at German-French and English-French bilinguals and their use of grammatical gender in French.

Eleonora Rossi

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Eleonora was a Visiting Assistant professor in Linguistics and she was affiliated with the the Center for Language Science -CLS- at the Pennsylvania State University. Her primary research interest is bilingual language processing in healthy populations utilizing behavioral and neuroimaging methods, such as Eye-tracking, Event related Potentials (ERPs), and functional Magnetic resonance Imaging (fMRI).

Eleonora received her Masters and Ph.D. from the Linguistic department at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Her dissertation focused on investigating language processing in speakers with agrammatic aphasia, and in bilingual aphasic speakers.

Kaylee Roupas

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Kaylee was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab, majoring in Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Linguistics, with minors in French and International Studies. She is still exploring the many facets of linguistics, but is especially drawn to the fields of psycholinguistics and historical linguistics. She spent the summer of 2013 conducting research on a PIRE grant. Her project focused on the influence of L1 grammatical gender and notional number on L2 sentence production. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar in Romania.

Laura Schubel

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Laura Schubel was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab. She majored in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in psychology. She hopes to soon become a doctoral student specializing in speech-language pathology with specific interests in autism spectrum and the cognitive aspects of language. Laura completed a PIRE fellowship in Nijmegen, Netherlands where she conducted a study along with postdoctoral researcher Sarah Grey on foreign accented speech and language processing.

Genevieve Stafford

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Genevieve was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD Lab. She double majored in Psychology and Spanish. Her main interest lies is clinical psychology, but she enjoyed exploring research as well, gaining insight into the connections between her two majors by studying bilingualism. Genevieve’s other interests include flute and choral performance, quilting, and traveling. She hopes to continue her education with graduate school.

Lauren Stewart

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Lauren was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD Lab. She majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has hopes of attending graduate school so that she can become a speech language pathologist! Lauren has interests in bilingualism and language development among children and how these two interact.


Antje Stöhr

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Antje was a visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Center for Language Science. She is a PhD student at Radboud University Nijmegen and the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences in the Netherlands. In her PhD project, Antje is investigating phonological acquisition in bilingual preschoolers, comprising measures of their speech production, perception and parental input. She conducted an EEG-experiment on the perception of speech sounds with English-Spanish bilingual children during her 9-month stay at Penn State.

Darren Tanner

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Darren was a postdoctoral researcher in the Bilingualism and Language Development (BiLD) lab at the Center for Language Science and Department of Psychology at Penn State. His main research interests center around sentence processing in monolinguals, bilinguals, and beginning second language learners, as well as individual differences in language processing and language learning. Using behavioral and electrophysiological (ERP) methods, he studies how individuals coordinate and access syntactic and semantic information during reading, and how we encode and retrieve grammatical information during sentence language comprehension and production. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab at the University of Washington. His work there focused primarily on ERP correlates of syntactic interference and complexity during the processing of grammatical agreement in native English speakers and second language learners of English. He has also investigated neural correlates morphosyntax in the earliest stages of second language learning, with a particular focus on using individual differences to understand learning trajectories.

He is now an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and director of the new UIUC Electrophysiology and Language Processing Lab.

Mona Timmermeister

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Mona was a visiting scholar at the Center for Language Science for the fall semester of 2015. She is a PhD student at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In her PhD project, Mona studies the language abilities and cognitive development of Turkish and Moroccan child heritage language learners. During her visit at Penn State she worked to gain additional research experience by helping out in different ERP projects.

Brendan Tomoschuk

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Brendan was an undergraduate research assistant in the BiLD lab from 2011-2014. He was a member of the Schreyer Honors College pursuing degrees in Linguistics and Science, with minors in Italian and International Studies.  During the summer of 2013 Brendan received a PIRE grant to study linguistic relativity with Guillaume Thierry at Bangor University.  His project looked at color perception in Greek-English and Russian-English bilinguals using ERPs.  Brendan currently attends graduate school at UCSD in Psychology.

Yong Wang

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Yong Wang, Doctor of Literature, was a visiting scholar from Shandong University, China. His research interest lies in L2 vocabulary acquisition, L2 lexical semantic relations (antonymy and synonymy), and comparison of vocabulary acquisition and lexical semantic relations between English natives and learners of English as a second language.

  • Wang, Y. (2003). An integrated approach to vocabulary teaching. In X. Xu (Ed.), New Century Teaching Forum (Volume 2). Jinan, China: Shandong University Press.
  • Wang, Y. (2007). Explaining bridging inferences: An SDRT approach.Journal of Xi'an INTERNATIONAL Studies University, 15 (1), 3-6.
  • Wang, Y. & Yang, J. (2008). A data-driven lexical approach to L2 lexis instruction. Shandong Foreign Languages Teaching Journal, 29 (4), 50-54.
  • Wang, Y & Yang, J. (2008). Lexical approach and vocabulary instruction in EFL. In East China Foreign Languages Teaching Forum. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.
  • Wang, Y & Yang, J. (2009). A Data-driven Approach to the Instruction of British and American Culture. Foreign Language Research, 2009 (5), 183-185.
  • Wang, Y. (2011). Acquisition of English Lexical Semantic Relations. Shandong University Press.
Weihua Xu

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Weihua was a visiting scholar from National University of Defense Technology, China. Her research interests include cognitive linguistics, constuction grammar, L2 language acquisition and processing, and the comparative study of L1 and L2 learners.

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