I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology and Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, DavisI completed my Ph.D. in the Language, Cognition, and Brain Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

My research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to language comprehension, from lower-level processes of word recognition to higher-level processes of sentence interpretation.  Some of the overarching questions that motivate my work include:

  • What is the nature of the memory processes that support language comprehension? 
  • How do we represent sentence meaning and sentence structure in the mind, and how do these representations interact? 
  • What cognitive constructs best account for individual variability in reading behavior? 
  • What sources of information do listeners exploit to generate predictions during the processing of speech, particularly when the speaker becomes disfluent? 
  • What is the nature of the cortical network underlying language processing, and how does this system change as sentence complexity increases? 
To address these questions, I rely on approaches from cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and computational linguistics, employing methodologies such as eye tracking, event-related potentials, functional MRI, and computational sentence parsers.