Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Washington Singer 218
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Exeter. I am part of a research team with Nicolas Dumay and Arthur Samuel, working on the role of sleep in language learning and memory consolidation. We are particularly interested in sleep-dependent memory consolidation in spoken word recognition and word learning. Broadly speaking, I am interested in speech perception and production, psycholinguistics, phonetics, and second language acquisition. My research focuses on understanding the linguistic representations and cognitive processes involved in speech perception and production, second-language speech learning, and word recognition and learning. I am particularly concerned with how these processes differ across individuals and how they can inform language learning and processing.
I completed my PhD in Linguistics with Meghan Clayards at McGill University. In my dissertation, I examined how listeners overcome challenging listening conditions (e.g. foreign-accented speech, cognitive load) and what makes some listeners better adapters to variability in the speech signal and cognitive load. In addition to my dissertation research, I conducted a longitudinal study on how individual second language learners differ in their developmental trajectories in the acquisition of novel speech sound contrasts. I also investigated the nature of the relationship between speech perception and production within an individual using phonetic imitation.