Lab Members

Tyler Perrachione, PhD google-scholar-16px | CV | Website
Prof. Perrachione is the director and principal investigator of the Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory. He is also a member of the Center for Systems Neuroscience, Hearing Research Center, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience, and Linguistics Program, as well as a Research Affiliate at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
Sung-Joo Lim, PhDgoogle-scholar-16px | CV | Website
Dr. Lim received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and B.S. in Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining Boston University in 2017, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Auditory Cognition group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive Brain Sciences and the University of Lübeck, Germany. Her research focuses on understanding the neural basis of auditory attention and working memory process using fMRI and EEG.
Gabrielle-Ann Torre, PhDgoogle-scholar-16px | CV | Website
Dr. Torre received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University, following a B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Arizona. She is interested in the relationship between neuroanatomy and literacy outcomes in children and adults.
Yaminah Carter
Yaminah is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Psychology. Before joining the Communication Neuroscience Research Lab, she worked in the CMU Infant Language and Learning Lab, studying language acquisition and development in infants and toddlers. Her research interests focus on the effects of different language and cultural backgrounds on language and auditory processing, and how these differences affect neural systems. Outside of the lab, she is most likely baking, in the gym, binge watching Netflix, or traveling with friends and family.
Jessica Tin
Jessica is a graduate of Smith College with a B.A. in Linguistics and Computer Science. Her interests and past research experiences span various intersections of language and computing, from psycholinguistics to natural language processing. In particular, she is fascinated by brain plasticity and language processing and learning in the brain, and how that differs from artificial intelligence. She enjoys questions of philosophy and cognitive science, animated movies, and her newest hobby, aerial silks.
Ja Young Choigoogle-scholar-16px
Ja Young graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Cognitive Sciences, Linguistics and Psychology. She first joined the CNRLab as a Research Analyst before starting doctoral training. She studies the brain bases of speech perception. In her free time, Ja Young likes watching new movies, reading, traveling and cooking.
Alexandra Kapadia, MS
Alex received her MS-SLP in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University and her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Physics from the University of Chicago. Her research interests focus on the brain bases of speech production and perception in typical and atypical populations. She is particularly interested in phonological representations at the acoustic, linguistic, and cognitive levels. Outside of the lab, Alex enjoys swimming, reading, photography, and going on adventures.
fmri-brain Jayden Lee
Jayden received her A.B. from Harvard University in Social Sciences with a minor in French. She received a certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida, and is interested in the interactions between voice and language processing.
Justin Fleming
Justin is a graduate of the University of Rochester, where he earned a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Science and a B.A. in Linguistics. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Harvard University Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT), working jointly with Dr. Perrachione and Dr. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham. His research focuses on the spatial, temporal, and attentional factors that underlie audio-visual integration, as measured with EEG, pupillometry, and behavior.
Terri Scott, MAgoogle-scholar-16px | CVWebsite
Terri received her B.A. in physics with a minor in mathematics from New York University in 2008 and her M.A. in astronomy from Boston University in 2012. She then began her transition into neuroscience as a technical assistant in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has worked on research projects looking at how snakes move and mapping radio emissions from high-energy super massive black holes, and now studies the brain basis of language using fMRI and electrocorticography. Some of her other interests include arts (and crafts!), rock climbing, cooking, and meditation.
Rita Sio Nga Kou
Rita received her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University. She is interested in how cognitive and perceptual processes in speech perception change, and are changed by, foreign language learning and expertise.
Isabelle Nastaskin
Isabelle received her B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California – Los Angeles, and her B.S. in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University. She is interested in how listeners’ familiarity with talkers’ voices improves speech perception. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys traveling, hiking, and editing videos.
Maya Saupe
Maya received her BA in cognitive sciences, linguistics, and psychology from Wellesley College. She is currently pursuing her MS-SLP at BU. Her research interests include speech perception and language processing, particularly in individuals with dyslexia and second language learners. In her free time, she likes to read, hike, watch B-movies, and go for runs.
Amabel Antwi
Amabel is a sophomore at BU studying Behavior and Health, with a minor in Psychology. Health and Medicine has always been a passion of hers, and she is also involved in the Minority Association of Pre-Med/Health Students, a representative of the Black Business Student Association, a member of BU’s African dance team, and is training to become a certified ECG technician. She is a strong advocate for a greater minority presence in the health/medical field.
Nicole Chen
Nicole is a sophomore majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Boston University. She is interested in how neurons in the brain perform similarly to circuits in a computer and the cocktail party effect. In the future she hopes to pursue a graduates degree in engineering and work as a software engineer. Nicole also loves to play video games, paint and eat food.
Kamilah Harruna

Kamilah is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying Health Science with a minor in Public Health. She is interested in general voice recognition and how it is affected with variation. She hopes get her MPH and pursue a career in pediatric epidemiology in the future. She loves to read, work out, and explore the city of Boston.
Yijing (Trista) Lin
Trista is a senior majoring Psychology at Boston University. She is interested in learning about using neuroimaging techniques to understand human behavior, particularly regarding language learning and voice recognition. In the future, she hopes to apply for the graduate program in neuroscience. In her free time, she loves hiking, reading, volunteering and thinking about religion.
Grace Mecha
Grace is a sophomore at BU majoring in Behavior and Health. She is interested in the neural plasticity and cognitive processing. Grace is passionate about the topic of intersectional health and wants to make a career out of being an advocate for underserved communities. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, exploring the city, and catching up with friends.
Michelle Njoroge
Michelle is interested in the neural basis of speech perception, speech production, and phonetic processing in second language learners. In the future she hopes to enroll in a MS/PhD program in Speech-Language Pathology. She loves cooking, going to concerts, and of course, exploring the city of Boston with friends.
Chinazo Otiono
Chinazo is a sophomore majoring in Behavioral Biology at Boston University. She is interested in the different processes that link language, cognition, and behavior, as well as the mechanisms that control first and second language acquisition from infancy to adulthood. In the future, she hopes to obtain a PhD in either Behavioral Neuroscience or Neuropsychology. In her free time, she enjoys learning foreign languages, playing the cello, and dancing.