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

Miguel Mejia

Lab Coordinator

B.A. Psychology, Linguistics (Cognition and Language)
University of California, San Diego

My interest lies in understanding how language is represented in the mind, and how language production and comprehension are processed in relation to other cognitive functions. I am particularly drawn to the matter of meaning, and how it is encoded and retrieved during early stages of human development and beyond.

Mariela Jennings


B.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
George Mason University

I am interested in using computational modeling and crowdsourcing to learn more about the way language works. Recently, I learned about probabilistic programming languages and became very excited about their development and applications!


Lily Feinberg

I am a senior at BC studying Applied Psychology and Human Development. I am interested in pursuing a career in speech language pathology!

Juliani Vidal

I'm a senior at Boston College majoring in Psychology 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.

Tiwalayo Eisape

I am a thesis student at BC studying mathematics, computer science, and philosophy. I am interested in holistically understanding aspects of cognition, such as language, to develop cognitively plausible models. I have spent most of my time at L3 applying deep learning to problems in psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience.

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Seung Kim

I am a junior linguistics major with a minor in CS. I think computational and data-intensive methods can be invaluable in informing linguistic theories.

Tony Chen

I'm a junior at Boston College studying Psychology and Mathematics. I'm interested in how we can use statistics and math to model aspects of human cognition, such as language acquisition and intelligence.

Rachel Duquette

I'm a sophomore at Boston College studying math and computer science. I'm interested in the intersection of computer science and linguistics, especially machine learning and natural language processing.

David Kocen

I am a sophomore at Boston College studying Psychology and Computer Science. I am interested in how language acquisition changes from childhood to adulthood and how we can apply knowledge from computer science to better our understanding of psychology.

Shaan Bijwadia

I am a senior at Boston College studying Computer Science and Economics. I'm interested in the ways machine learning algorithms can model the way the brain works, and in building the software that helps us discover them.

William Pyle

I am a junior at Boston College majoring in Computer Science B.A. I am interested in the relationship between the ways in which the human mind and computers process language and how computer scientists, linguists, and psychologists can work together to gain greater understanding of both natural language processing and early childhood development.

Claudia Reino

I am a junior at Boston College majoring in psychology (B.A.) and minoring in music and Hispanic studies. I am interested in language acquisition in children, specifically when learning a second or third language. Further, I am excited about investigating any cognitive or developmental implications additional languages may lead to.

Katherine Karafotas

I am a sophomore at Boston College majoring Psychology and minoring in Journalism. I am highly interested in learning about social cognition – whether it can be dissociated from general cognition, how to measure it and its advantages in everyday life.

Madeleine McCann

My name is Madeleine McCann and I’m from a small farm town in New Hampshire called Hollis! I plan on majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, potentially minoring in spanish! Even though I don’t look it at all, I’m half Puertorican and have grown up immersed in that culture. Language has always been an interest of mine, I took spanish in high school and love learning it. I can’t wait to tie my curiosity in psychology and language together!

Sarah Al-Mayahi

I'm a sophomore at Boston College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Arabic studies. I’m interested in second language acquisition and bilingualism at an early age. I’m also interested in further exploring the phenomenon of multilingualism by combining different perspectives such as sociology, psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience.

Christian Ramirez

I am a Boston College senior with a major in computer science and minors in chemistry and studio art. I hope to expand online surveys in order to better understand the nuances of lingual development, specifically second language acquisition.

Zeen Naeem

I am an undergraduate student studying Psychology at the University of Bath. I am interested in how young children acquire language and why some children have difficulties with language development. I am also excited to learn about new methods used in this field of developmental research.

Eric Echeandia

I am senior at Boston College majoring in Psychology (B.S.), minoring in Economics and on the Pre-Med track. Being from a Hispanic background and speaking Spanish as a first language, I am curious about the way children acquire language and what is the prime age for language acquisition. I am also interested in the way being bilingual changes the wiring of the different brain centers.

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