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Pablo Contreras Kallens: graduate student

Pablo obtained his BA and MA in Philosophy from Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. He then spent two years as a Ph. D. student in the University of California, Merced at the Cognitive and Information Sciences group. He is interested in how the cultural, social and linguistic structure that humans have created have transformed, and continue to shape, our cognitive systems. He is also interested in the dynamics of scientific knowledge creation as a collective endeavor, especially in how to bring data-driven analysis and computational simulation into the discipline of science studies. He is also a member of Rick Dale's Co-Mind Lab at the University of California, Los Angeles. Pablo Contreras Kallens

Felicity Frinsel: graduate student

Felicity graduated cum laude from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, in 2015 with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in Psychology. Two years later she graduated cum laude with an M.A. degree in Linguistics, as well as an M.A. honours degree, from the same university. She is interested in the cognitive processes related to language processing, language production, and language learning both in mono- and bilinguals. Her past research involves work on conceptual representations and cross-language effects, as well as advanced planning in second language sentence production. At Cornell, her research mainly focuses on individual differences, language processing, and language learning. She will also be a member of Cornell Cognitive Science. Felicity Frinsel

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 current research focuses on individual differences in statistical learning, and on exploring the relationship between statistical learning and chunk-based memory processes. She is also a member of Cornell Cognitive Science, and is an NSF GRFP fellow. 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 senior 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 junior 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

Phoebe Ilevbare: undergraduate research assistant

Phoebe is a junior 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 senior 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 senior 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

Emily Zhang: undergraduate research assistant

Emily is a sophomore majoring in Biology & Society and minoring in French language on a pre-medical track. She is particularly interested in evaluating the interdisciplinary nature of language—ranging from the neurological, cognitive basis of processing to the cultural evolution of language within various communities and environments. Outside of the lab, she is involved in Greek life through Pi Beta Phi Sorority and also participates as a CALS Ambassador and member of Cornell GlobeMed. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants in Ithaca and surfing, particularly when she is surrounded by a body of water slightly larger than Beebe Lake. Emily Zhang

Sophia Zhang: undergraduate research assistant

Sophia is a sophomore at Cornell University, majoring in Information Science and hoping to minor in bioengineering on the pre-medicine track. She is interested in how technology is used to analyze data and language acquisition in the brain. She is involved with Chinese Students Association, CALS tutor, and Assorted Aces. In her free time, she likes to do art and watch Netflix. Sophia Zhang

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