|Tyler Perrachione, PhD
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Prof. Perrachione is the director and principal investigator of the Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory. He is also a member of the Center for Research in Sensory Communication and Emerging Neural Technology (CRESCENT), 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, PhD
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Dr. Lim received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and B.S. in Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory 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. She is also currently affiliated with BU Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory. Her research focuses on understanding the neural basis of auditory attention and working memory process using fMRI and EEG.
|Kristine Strand, EdD, CCC-SLP
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Dr. Strand is recognized nationally for her expertise in the area of developmental verbal dyspraxia and central auditory processing disorders. She supervises in the Boston University Academic Speech and Language Center and teaches courses in phonological disorders and child language disorders. She also serves as a senior speech-language pathology consultant at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. She is an elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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 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 Choi
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.
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.
|Terri Scott, MA
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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.
Alex received 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.
Andrea received her B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Alberta. She has previously conducted research using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to examine changes in white matter integrity following intensive voice treatment in children with cerebral palsy and motor speech disorders. She has also conducted research at the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine with Head-Neck cancer patients. Her current research interests include language acquisition difficulties and therapy techniques for individuals with multilingual backgrounds.
|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 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.
Cassandra is interested in the neural mechanisms behind speech and language. She is planning on obtaining a masters degree in Speech, Language and Hearing sciences and hopes to work in a clinical setting. Outside of research, she loves yoga and pilates, enjoys trying different kinds of food and has a passion for music as well as photography.
Kristina is interested in how we recognize people by the sound of their voice.
Lauren is interested in the neural mechanisms behind speech and language development. In the future, she plans to work clinically as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She loves discovering new places to eat in Boston, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Anna is interested in neuroscience and language development. She plans to enroll in medical school with interests in neurology and surgery. She loves playing soccer, eating around Boston, and hanging out with friends.
Allen is interested in the neural plasticity for second language learning and neural signals analysis.