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Erin Isbilen: graduate student

Erin graduated cum laude from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Literature. Her past research involves work on synesthesia, memory, and the role of emotion in music-color cross-modal associations. Her current research in the CNL lab focuses on the nature and development of semantic representation. She is also a member of Cornell Cognitive Science, and is an NSF GRFP fellow. Ethan Jost

Ethan Jost: graduate student

Ethan graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University in 2011 with an Honors B.A. in Psychology and minor concentrations in Philosophy and History. He worked extensively in Chris Conway’s lab there, researching cognitive development and statistical learning, primarily using event-related brain potentials. At Cornell, Ethan studies how statistical learning and other basic cognitive processes underlie language learning and processing. He also researches plasticity, reorganization, and right hemisphere contributions to language function in brain tumor patients with collaborators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Ethan Jost

Julia Ying: graduate student

Julia graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. degree in Cognitive Science. She worked with Prof. Tom Griffiths on computational models of cognition, studying music perception and cognition in the context of cultural transmission. Here at Cornell, Julia hopes to continue using computational models to study cultural transmission, as well as language evolution and acquisition. Julia Ying

Dante Dahabreh: undergraduate research assistant

Dante is a Freshman at Cornel University majoring in Psychology on the pre-medicine track. His passions in research involve cognitive neuroscience and art as an influence on brain development for young children and adolescents. On his free time, Dante is involved in writing for the Cornell Daily Sun and partaking in photography as a hobby. He hopes to use the research skills that he develops as a step towards bridging science and the humanities in order to make an impact. Dante Dahabreh

Eleni Kohilakis undergraduate research assistant

Eleni is a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Nutrition and a minor in Business, pursuing a pre-medical track. Her research interests involve the effects on bilingualism on brain function. In her free time she serves on the executive council of her sorority, Alpha Phi, and the executive board of Cornell’s Undergraduate Research Board. She is also involved in Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity and Cayuga’s Watchers. Eleni Kohilakis

Jacob Kolenda: undergraduate research assistant

Jacob is currently a sophomore double majoring in Biological Sciences and Economics. He is primarily interested in understanding the various factors which affect language acquisition. In his spare time, he does recreational fencing and is a REACH tutor at an elementary school in Ithaca. Jacob Kolenda

Phoebe Lievbare: undergraduate research assistant

Phoebe is a sophomore at Cornell University, majoring in Biological Sciences and hoping to minor in Psychology and French. She is curious to discover specifically how we acquire and process different languages over many generations. Phoebe is also involved with Cornell's Association of Medicine and Philanthropy and Cornell's Cardiology Interest Group. When she is not in the lab, you can always find her playing basketball and table tennis with friends. Phoebe Lievbare

Farrah Mawani: undergraduate research assistant

Farrah is a junior at Cornell University double majoring in Psychology and Biology & Society. Her passions in research involve understanding the role of attachment theory on child development as well as on overall language acquisition. In her free time, Farrah is involved with the Cornell GLOW club, seeking to improve mental health on campus through artistic expression. Farrah Mawani

Olivia Wang: undergraduate research assistant

I am a Junior at Cornell University majoring in Psychology. I spent the first two years of my undergraduate career at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and was involved in research regarding Cognitive Psychology, especially in relation to language perception and production. I became really interested in this area and hope to learn and contribute more towards this field at Cornell. I am also involved in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Council and I'm a member of the Cornell Fashion Collective. Olivia Wang

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