• In march 2015 I started a post-doc at the Language and Comparative Cognition Group (LCC) of the  Center of Brain and Cognition (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). My post-doctoral project was originally framed in the European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to  Juan Manuel TORO  on Biological Origins of Linguistic constraints.

  • In may 2016 I became a Marie Curie fellow at the LCC (Reference H2020-­MSCA-­IF-2015; Project 707996. Title: SPIDE - Speech-­sound Processing in Infant Development and Evolution).
  • My research focuses on the early biases guiding and constraining early language acquisition in infants and the contribution of species-specific mechanisms. These issues are addressed through adult and infant studies as well as through comparative work with rats.
  • I completed my PhD in 2014 at the Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception (CNRS - Université Paris Descartes) under supervision of Thierry Nazzi and Judit Gervain. During my PhD I used behavioral and cerebral imaging methods (functional Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy) in very young infants to study the functional asymmetry between consonants and vowels in the first year of life, and assess the role of these perceptual biases in guiding lexical and rule learning. 
key words
  • early language acquisition
  • learning biases and constraints
  • bilingualism
  • rule learning
  • lexical development
  • comparative cognition