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
Warm congratulations to Dasal Jashar, member of Deb Fein’s lab, who just received a Fulbright Research Scholar award. She’ll be investigating “ASD Knowledge in the Tibetan Community in Dharamsala, India.”
Ali’s paper will be coming out shortly in JADD. The paper reports on cognitive style in autism, and how this changes in individuals with optimal outcomes. Individuals with high-functioning autism (HFA) have a cognitive style that privileges local over global or gestalt details. While not a core symptom of autism, individuals with HFA seem to […]
de Marchena, A., & Eigsti, I. M. (in press). The art of common ground: Emergence of a complex pragmatic language skill in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child Language. Abstract: Deficits in pragmatic language are central to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Here we investigate common ground, a pragmatic language skill in which speakers […]