How do infants acquire language so efficiently?

The social environment plays an important role for language learning. Through which mechanisms do social cues boost language learning? I focus on disentangling the role of different social cues like contingency or reference by using techniques like gaze-contingent eye-tracking.

Language-specific experience interacts with language-general abilities to shape infants' developing speech perception. This is a topic I have investigated in my PhD thesis (part of which I've also tried to dance.)

I am also interested in reproducibility and open science. I am part of the Metalab project, a database of meta-analyses of infant language acquisition. In the context of improving scientific practices, I took part in #barbarplots, a campaign raising awareness for more appropriate data visualization.

Finally, I am writing for CogTales, a blog on research(er life) from the perspective of young female cognitive scientists.