I am a PhD student at the University of Chicago working with Susan Goldin-Meadow. I also collaborate with Amanda Woodward and Howard Nussbaum.
I graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Psychology where I got my first taste of research with Jennie Pyers. Then, I went on to work at the University College London to work with Pamela Perniss, Gabriella Vigliocco, and Gary Morgan. I also taught English at a bilingual German school for the Deaf on a Fulbright scholarship.
I am broadly interested in language and cognitive development, and I study gesture and signed languages to answer my questions. My research primarily focuses on:
- Do language learners use form-meaning resemblances – iconicity – to learn new words? How do learners use systematicity (e.g., reliable statistical patterns in form-meaning mappings) and iconicity in language learning?
- How does type of language input change the way we approach language learning?
- Is gesture helpful for learning and cognition due to its representational, imagistic format or modality?