Sho Tsuji 辻晶

How do infants acquire language so efficiently?

I'm studying this question from three angles.

The social environment plays an important role for language learning. But which elements compose this environment, how are they connected, and through which mechanisms do social cues boost language learning? I focus on disentangling the role of different social cues.

Acquiring the speech sounds of one's native language is an essential building block of language acquisition. But which factors influence how infants acquire their native phonological system? This is a topic I have investigated in my PhD thesis (part of which I've also tried to dance.)

I conduct meta-analyses in the interest of reproducibility and open science. What a single study can tell us is limited, but we can quantitatively synthesize data across studies. I am part of the Metalab project, an open-source database of meta-analyses of infant language acquisition.

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