Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269
Our research addresses a fundamental issue in human cognition: how constraints imposed by brain development and core neurocognitive processes impact language acquisition. As scientists, we are intrigued by the interaction of language acquisition and brain development. As clinicians, we are motivated to understand the puzzles presented by atypical development and its consequences, because of what they mean for intervention. Although most research on language acquisition and neurocognitive processes is based on typically developing learners, the study of differences in development can lead to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of growth and change. We use multiple converging approaches: experimental behavioral tasks, structural and functional imaging, and eyetracking, in our research.
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The DCN Lab in our new space in Bousfield
from left to right: Joshua Green, Brian Castelluccio, Allison Canfield, Inge-Marie Eigsti, Christina Irvine, Emily Thompson, Katy Piotrowski
Eigsti, I. M., Rosset, D., Col Cozzari, G., Da Fonseca, D., & Deruelle, C. (in press). Effects of motor action on affective preferences in autism spectrum disorders: Different influences of embodiment. Developmental Science. Abstract: In the embodied cognition framework, our sensory, motor and emotional experiences are encoded along with sensorimotor cues from the context in […]
Spearheaded by Allison Canfield, the lab recently received funding for a study of the comprehension and production of low-level acoustic detail relevant to speech processing and auditory sensitivities in ASD. Subject recruitment has begun, with data collection in Summer-Fall 2014. Great work, Allison! If you would like to refer someone to participate, please visit our “Participating in […]