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Who We Are & What We Do

A cute squirrel with pine cone In the CONE LAB we study how human brains learn language, represent linguistic information, and are shaped by our different learning experiences. We’re especially interested in the solutions that learners find when provided conflicting information about categories. A very common example of this experience is bilingualism, where people learn not only two languages’ worth of information, but they also manage conflicts in the ways that these languages organize the world. Our work includes all kinds of language learners, from babies to adults, and many levels of proficiency. We use behavioral, computational, and brain imaging methods (like EEG, fNIRS, and fMRI) to study the cognitive and neural systems that represent linguistic knowledge in people who speak one, two, or many languages.


Team MCPA - Multivariate pattern analysis of adult and infant fNIRS data

Allô Alphabet - Phone-based literacy intervention in rural Côte d’Ivoire

SPIN Scorcerer - Automated text processing tool for detailed scoring of speech-in-noise transcriptions


Benjamin Zinszer (bzinszer@swarthmore.edu)

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