Principal Investigator

Joshua Hartshorne

B.A. Mathematics, Oberlin College
M.A. Psychology, Harvard University
Ph.D. Psychology, Harvard University

I am interested in understanding what allows humans, but not current machines, to learn language – and why it is that children, despite their salient limitations of both cognition and experience, are so much more successful at language learning than adults. I am particularly interested in applying new and emerging methods (such as computational modeling and crowdsourcing) to core problems in the language sciences.

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Full-Time Staff

Sven Lucas Dietz

Senior Research Associate

M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, Technical University Vienna
Ph.D. Synthetic Biology, ETH Zurich

I am interested in Machine Learning and especially in Natural Language Processing (NLP) to improve how humans interact with computers using language. I work on processes of second language acquisition to implement models for interaction and training of algorithms.

Lauren Skorb

Lab Coordinator

B.S. Psychology, Spanish
Davidson College

I am interested in varied patterns of language development, with a particular interest in the effect of second language acquisition and cognitive impairments.

Mariela Jennings

Developer/Coordinator

B.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
George Mason University

I am interested in language acquisition, with a particular interest in second language acquisition. I am also interested in using computational models to understand how humans make inferences from the limited information encoded by language.

Undergraduates

Lily Feinberg

I am a junior at BC studying Applied Psychology and Human Development. I am interested in language acquisition in young children and the results of problems that occur during this development.

Zachary Barker

I am a junior majoring in Psychology B.A. I am interested in how children develop cognitively and socially and how the inability to develop normally affects the child in multiple ways.

Juliani Vidal

I'm a junior at Boston College majoring in both Psychology and Sociology and minoring in French. I'm very interested in how children go about acquiring a primary and/or a secondary language and how that affects their development.

JungHo Lee

I'm interested in both traditional and novel statistical methods used in various social science disciplines as well as in second language acquisition at different stages of our lives.

Kayley Okst

I am a junior at BC studying Psychology and Hispanic Studies. I am interested in how the acquisition of language in children influences their perception of the world, as well as the mechanisms involved in learning a second language.

Nicola Roux

I am a sophomore at BC studying Psychology on a premed track with a French minor. I am interested in language acquisition especially in young children and the way language shapes the way we communicate with others and the world around us. I am also interested in the way language is specific to certain cultures or localities.

Eric Seferian

I am an undergraduate Junior Research Assistant. I am a Psychology B.A. major in my second semester with the lab.

Clinton Tak

I am a senior at Boston College studying Computer Science. I am interested in big data, machine learning, and how these two can be brought together to learn more about the world.

Affy Wu

I am a senior at Boston College studying math and computer science. I am interested in data analysis in social issues and building up statistical models for psychological research.

Parker Robbins

I'm a third-year student at Northeastern University majoring in linguistics and minoring in French. I am interested in combining generative linguistics with new methods of crowdsourcing data to build cognitively realistic models of first and second language acquisition.

Tiwalayo Eisape

I am a junior at Boston College majoring in computer science (B.S) and minoring in math, bioinformatics, and philosophy. I am interested in the application of machine learning in the fields of psychology and economics, specifically in the areas of natural language processing and market analysis, respectively.

Alexa Dudley

I am a senior at Boston College majoring in Psychology (B.S) and minoring in Sociology. I am interested in differences in language acquisition in children, specifically typical versus atypical language development.

Casey Nicastri

I am a sophomore at BC studying Psychology with a minor in Italian. I am interested in language acquisition in children.

Tony Chen

I am a sophomore at Boston College majoring in Psychology BS and Computer Science. I am interested in second language acquisition in children and adults, as well as differences between monolingual and multilingual children.

Olivia Eastwood

I am a freshman at BC in the Lynch School of Education studying Secondary Education and Mathematics, with a minor in management. Although I love all things psychology and math, I am especially interested in combining research on language acquisition in children and statistics.

Julie Hong

I am a sophomore at Boston College studying Applied Psychology and Human Development on the Pre-dental track. I am especially interested in language acquisition for children (especially second language), as well as combining statistics and psychology to learn more about the field.

Shikun (Jason) Wang

I am a junior at Boston College studying computer science and mathematics. I am interested in big data analysis and cognitive science. In particular, I am interested in using statistical and mathematical models to solve problems in human cognition and perception, and how these models can apply to industry.

Katherine Montas

I am a freshman at Boston College studying Biology. I am interested in language acquisition in children as well as determining how grammar and meaning interact in order to understand how the mind is structured.

External Collaborators

Alumni