Current lab members
Zlatomira is a PhD student who's current research is based around bilingual language switching. In particular, she is trying to identify how switching experience and amount in daily life reflect onto the performance of bilinguals when they are asked to produce words in their two languages and switch from one to the other. Also, she is interested in how other bilingual-experience factors, such as language proficiency or age of acquisition affect that performance, and whether bilinguals' individual differences in more general inhibitory abilities could explain the variation of their language switching abilities.
Yifan's PhD research explores the role of bilingual biculturalism in perspective-taking. Bilingual learners have been shown to outperform their monolingual peers in various perspective-taking tasks. These effects might stem from bi-culturalism, which forces bilinguals to view the world from different perspectives and requires a high level of mental flexibility. Her research will compare various groups of English second language learners with a strong command of English in a bicultural and monocultural setting. The results will help us understand what makes bilingual speakers better communicators and more flexible thinkers.
Cecilia Zuniga Montanez
Cecilia has recently completed her PhD project in the lab. She is interested in the language development of typically developing infants and infants with language delays. In her research project, she investigates the role of attention to object function as a word learning strategy for generalizing labels. She is also looking at how the 'shape bias' in early word generalisation can be used as an intervention for infants with language delays.
Valeria is a PhD researcher in the lab. She is interested in the effects of teaching a foreign language at early years in School on cognitive and social-communicative skills.
Felix’s primary research interests are the neural and cognitive bases of attention, particularly in relation to social interaction and communication. He is a postdoctoral research fellow on an ESRC project that investigates how individual differences in bilingualism contribute to cognitive control processes and structural and functional changes in the brain.
Consuelo Vidal Gran
Consuelo is interested in the neural mechanisms of consciousness and how electrophysiological markers of language comprehension can be used to improve diagnosis in patients with disorders of consciousness. She is working as a research assistant in the ESRC project about individual differences in the bilingual experience and cognitive control networks.
Previous lab members
(PhD students and postdoctoral fellows)
Dr. Vincent DeLuca, now Associate Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Dr. Asma Assaneea, now Assistant Professor at Taibah University, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Zheni Goranova, now working as an Energy Analyst for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK government)
Dr. Isabella Fritz, now postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford
Dr. Beinan Zhou, was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, works now for private company in China
Dr. Simon Snape, now lecturer (assistant professor) at the University Centre Shrewsbury
Dr. Riadh Lebib, now consultant at SBT Human(s) Matter
Dr. Helen Breadmore, now associate professor at Coventry University