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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Postdoctoral Fellows

Aidas Aglinskas

Aidas works on a project funded by the Simons Foundation modeling heterogeneity of brain-connectivity in Autism. Specifically, he interrogates large datasets of resting-state fMRI to look at patterns of functional connectivity - using advanced computational methods. The project goal is to better understand subtypes and factors in Autism spectrum disorder. Before coming to BC, Aidas got his doctoral training at the university of Trento, Italy - where he used fMRI to understand how knowledge concepts are represented across brain networks.

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Mengguo Jing

Mengguo is interested in young children’s learning through interaction with the environment. She has been studying children’s transfer of learning from different sources of information (e.g., screen media, stories, play). Mengguo now works with Dr. Joshua Hartshorne and Dr. James Pustejovsky on a project that investigates proposals to create artificial general intelligence and understand the mechanisms of early learning. Before coming to BC, Mengguo earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison while studying children's attention to and learning from screen media and the impact of social media in adolescents.

Yujing Huang

Affiliated Postdoc

Yujing is interested in how meaning and structure of language interact. Her research interests includes how semantics is expressed via syntactic structure and what conceptual primitives enables children to learn languages. She is also interested in developing statistical models for data analysis.

Graduate Students

Wei Li

I graduated from Cornell University with a major in developmental psychology. I’m interested in how children learn words, concepts, and language in only a few years with limited cognitive capacity and limited experience with the world. I’m also interested in integrating computational modeling and big data into cognitive development research.

Tiwalayo Eisape

Affiliated Graduate Student

I’m a second-year PhD student in the Computational Psycholinguistics Lab at MIT, Brain & Cognitive Sciences where I (1) use computational language models as psycholinguistic hypothesis generators and (2) apply insights from human language processing to make better computational models. Prior to MIT, I was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar in Computer Science at Boston College where I worked with the Language Learning Lab and the Social and Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Lab.

Juliani Vidal

Affiliated Graduate Student

Hello! I'm a second-year Master's student at the University at Buffalo studying data analysis. I previously worked in Professor Hartshorne's lab as an undergraduate and loved it so much, I had to come back! Currently, I am interested in personally learning new methods of statistical analysis with which we can extract more information from our data. Being multilingual, I am also interested in heritage speakers and second language acquisition.

Postbac Students

Wesley Ricketts

I graduated from Boston College in 2019 with a double major in Psychology and Linguistics. I'm interested in research concerning bilingualism, second language acquisition, and language attrition. I am also interested in sociolinguistics.

Undergraduates

Anushka Fernandes

I am a sophomore at BC from Charleston, South Carolina. I am studying Psychology BS in MCAS on the pre-med track. I am currently in Baby Talk - a course about language acquisition. I am excited to meet new people in the lab and learn new skills through this position.

Annabel Lee

I am a freshman at Boston College, majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development. As a bilingual born and raised in China, I understand how language serves as a pathway for understanding and hence am interested in unraveling how multilingualism can shape our experience of the world. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this team and can’t wait to learn from everyone!

Wenshuo Qin

I am a freshman at Boston College, majoring in neuroscience. I am currently really enjoying cognitive science and am excited to gain more research experience. I like to study language understanding from the perspective of building neural models, and I am very excited to be a part of this amazing team!

Heesu Yun

I am a junior majoring in Psychology BS with a computer science minor. As a multilingual student, I am interested in studying psychological changes due to the acquisition of multiple languages for both kids and adults. I will be working on my senior honor thesis from Fall 2021, researching on the interference of languages with international school students.

Ruoshan Zhou

I’m a sophomore at Boston College and I’m majoring in Psychology and Communication. I’m interested in how people have different thought processes when they speak different languages. I’m also interested in how language acquisition stages differ when people are learning their first and second languages. I really look forward to learning more and gaining research experience with the lab.

External Collaborators

Stefano Anzellotti

Boston College
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Damián Blasi

Harvard University
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Josh de Leeuw

Vassar College
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Laura Germine

McClain Hospital
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Sam Mehr

Harvard University
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Christopher Erb

Brown University
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Tim O'Donnell

McGill University
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Martha Palmer

Colorado University, Boulder
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Steve Pinker

Harvard University
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Emily Prud'hommeaux

Boston College
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James Pustejovsky

Brandeis University
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Jesse Snedeker

Harvard University
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Josh Tenenbaum

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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 Alumni