Principle Investigator:

eva - 1Eva Wittenberg

I am interested in how the mind assembles meaning, how this capacity came to be, and how it interacts with other cognitive abilities. I investigate the decisions that speakers face when they wrap their messages in grammar. Speakers make structural choices dozens of times per day, and listeners rapidly process them, make inferences about why something was said in a particular way, and create a representation of the speaker’s intended meaning in their minds.



Senior Staff:

adamAdam Morgan

I’m a graduate student in Psychology with interests in language production (How do we translate thought to language?), the neural organization of language (Where and how does the brain store abstract syntactic information?), and the reasons underlying typological patterns in syntax (Why do all* SVO languages put relative clauses after nouns? Why do all languages that use resumptive pronouns also use gaps? Why are there so many SOV languages?  Can general processing mechanisms account for these patterns or could they stem from innate linguistic knowledge?).

* All-ish; Chinese is an exception.



Alessandro Caiola

I am a visiting graduate student in Linguistics from Sapienza University of Rome and Roma Tre University. I am mainly a theoretical linguist who uses experimental methods as a test-bed for different grammatical frameworks. I am interested in how morpho-syntax interacts with semantics and how this interaction affects language processing and event construal.







shotaShota Momma

I’m a post-doctoral researcher in Psychology. I am interested in how people speak and understand languages and how the syntactic processes in understanding and speaking are related to each other. I study whatever properties of languages using whatever methodologies that are suitable for answering interesting questions about how we build the representations of sentences in speaking and understanding.




Research Assistants:


dsc_0853Suhas Arehalli

I am interested in the application of Computer Science and Mathematics to Linguistics, specifically with Natural Language Processing and models of language comprehension. I’m also intrigued by the use of Computer Science to streamline data processing and analysis. I’m currently focused on building my linguistics knowledge while assisting other’s projects whenever possible.



Annie Chai

As an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and Psychology, I am interested in multilingualism and the different cognitive functions behind the comprehension of languages. Currently I am seeking to learn more about how multilingual speakers and monolinguals differ in terms of language processing. Furthermore, I hope that by researching the specifics of how language shapes cognition and vice versa, I can promote the social benefits of psycholinguistic studies.




Alexa D’Heillyalexa

I’m an undergraduate linguistics student interested mainly in foreign language acquisition, particularly in the acquisition of foreign phonetic indexes and methods of improving this process for native-like accents. I am also fascinated by how language and the mind influence each other. I have exposure to Spanish, Japanese, and American Sign Language.





Rebekah Hancock-Murphy

I am interested in how we understand the meaning of language, and how language learners form their understanding. I am especially interested in bilingualism, multilingualism and the ways our brain comes to understand syntax, and whether or not we can improve current language learning techniques.






Lindsey Jackson

I am an undergraduate double majoring in linguistics (language and society) and history. I am eager to get more involved in linguistics and contribute as much as I can to the field, and as someone with a focus on social and historical linguistics, I hope to bring a unique perspective to the table.





Miguel Mejiamiguel

I am an undergraduate double majoring in psychology and linguistics. My main interest lies in understanding how language is represented in the brain and how the mind processes language production and comprehension in relation to other cognitive functions. I hope to contribute to the field of psycholinguistics by assisting with current projects and by conducting future research.



Samantha Ngan

I am an undergraduate joint mathematics and economics major with a business minor planning on also pursuing double major in linguistics.  I am interested in how other’s perceive an individual with a regional dialect different from their own, especially when it comes to the world of business.  I am excited to be working in the language comprehension lab and look forward to collaborating with others.





Katiana O’Dowd

I am an undergraduate Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience major with a Speech and Language Sciences minor. I plan to pursue my master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders with aspirations to become a Speech Pathologist. As a result, I find language production and acquisition the most interesting; however, I am thoroughly enjoying examining language comprehension more closely in this lab.





Talia Orrtalia

I am a linguistics major and psychology minor interested in how language is processed and represented in the brain. I am particularly interested in the intersection of linguistics and psychology. I am excited to be a part of the language comprehension lab as an undergraduate and hope to pursue graduate research of a similar nature in the future.




David Barner (UCSD)

Judith Degen (Stanford)

Vic Ferreira (UCSD)

Ulrike Freywald (Potsdam)

Joshua Hartshorne (Boston College)

Ray Jackendoff (Tufts)

Melissa Kline (MIT)

Roger Levy (MIT)

Titus von der Malsburg (Uni Potsdam)

Greg Scontras (UC Irvine)

Jeremy Skipper (UCL)

Jesse Snedeker (Harvard)

Andreas Trotzke (Stanford)

Ashwini Vaidya (IIT Delhi)

Heike Wiese (Potsdam)

Jayden Ziegler (Harvard)


Neil Cohn (Tilburg)

Gina Kuperberg (Tufts)

Maria Piñango (Yale)


Barbara Hennecke (an awesome graphic designer who made our logo)