Our interdisciplinary group includes psychologists, philosophers, computer scientists, speech therapists and linguists
I am Professor of the Psychology of Language in the Department of Experimental Psychology at University College London. I received my PhD from University of Trieste in 1995, was a post-doc at University of Arizona, and after being at University of Wisconsin as Assistant Professor and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics as a visiting scientist (1999-2000) I moved to UCL.
I lead a team composed of psychologists, linguists, computer scientists and cognitive neuroscientists sharing the vision that understanding language and cognition requires integration of multiple levels of analysis and methodological approaches. The overarching goal of our work is understanding how language and other aspects of cognitive functioning relate to each other.
The main research focus of my research at present is on understanding natural language. This is funded by grants from ERC and ESRC.
I am also the Director for the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in the Ecological Study of the Brain. The DTP is a 4-year PhD programme providing cutting-edge interdisciplinary training in the study of brain and behaviour in the real-world.
Anna is a PhD student interested in the coordination of speech and gesture in people with aphasia.
Beata is a post-doc in the lab working on developing computational models of multimodal language and developing methods for automatic/crowdsourced coding of multimodal language data.
Claudia is a PhD student interested in how the brain processes different audio-visual multimodal cues.
Armand is a PhD student interested in how distributional models of semantics can inform our understanding of semantic representation
David is a post-doc in the lab interested in sound symbolism and iconicity
Gwen is project and data manager for the Ecological Language
Nareg is a post-doc Research Fellow working on the Ecological Language project
Ricarda is a Research Assistant and part-time PhD student interested in the role of multimodal cues in language learning
Yan is a post-doc interested in the role of cues such as prosody and gesture in language learning
Yasamin is a post-doc interested in the role of iconicity in language learning
Margherita is a post-doc working on the role of iconicity in language development.
Other lab members
- Stefan Frank Radboud University Njimegen
- Susan Goldin-Meadow University of Chicago
- Pamela Perniss University of Cologne
- Liz Wonnacott Oxford University
- Laurel Buxbaum Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
- Myrna Schwartz Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
- Diego Frassinelli University of Stuttgard
- Stefano Cappa IUSS
- Marja-Liisa Mailend MRRI