Principal Investigator

Athena Vouloumanos
Is speech a special sound for humans? What is it about language (and humans) that makes language acquisition a uniquely human accomplishment? Dr. Vouloumanos's research addresses these broad questions by exploring the linguistic and cognitive abilities of adults and young infants, including newborns. Her findings have been published in journals such as Science, Cognition, Developmental Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Graduate Students

Andrea Sorcinelli
andrea dot sorcinelli at nyu dot edu
Andrea is a fourth year graduate student in the Cognition and Perception Program. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Andrea worked as a research assistant at Haskins Laboratories under Nicole Landi, Julia Irwin and Jonathan Preston where she used EEG/ERP to examine language functioning in special populations. Andrea is interested in speech perception, electrophysiology and the early identification of children who are at high risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. In her free time, Andrea enjoys cooking and hiking with her dog, Kayla.

Amy Yamashiro
amy dot yamashiro at nyu dot edu
Amy is a third year graduate student in the Cognition and Perception Program with a B.S. in Psychology from Texas Christian University. During her undergraduate studies, she was a research assistant for Naomi Ekas and Anna Petursdottir examining the social and emotional development of children with ASD and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis to facilitate language development. Amy is interested in the development of social communication, joint attention, and early markers of ASD in high risk infants. As a Southern California native, she enjoys anything about the beach, as well as trying new NYC restaurants, dancing, and drinking tea.

Lab Manager

Winnie Zhuang
winnie dot zhuang at nyu dot edu
Winnie received her B.S. in Biopsychology from Tufts University and her M.A. in Experimental Psychology at the College of William and Mary. Her past research focused on eating behaviors in college populations, but going forth she hopes to broaden her research scope into development psychology, particularly how early development of cognitive systems shape later functioning. When not in lab, Winnie can be found jogging, biking, or exploring new cuisines.

Research Assistants

Rebecca Elbogen
Rebecca is a senior at NYU majoring in Developmental Psychology. She is also minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies and American Sign Language. Rebecca is interested in researching language and social development in children with autism. Due to her experience as a dancer, she is particularly fascinated with nonverbal communication. In addition to her passion for working with children, Rebecca has a love for dance, music, and all things canine.

Sweta Gangopadhyay
Sweta is a sophomore in NYU Stern where she is majoring in Marketing and Economics. With her keen interest in human behaviour, she is also minoring in Psychology, and after taking a Developmental Psychology class, she has been inspired to get involved in psychological research. Having lived in multiple cities across several countries, she is particularly interested in cultural effects on language acquisition during infancy. She plans to continue studying Management and/or Organisational Psychology in the future. In her free time, she likes visiting the New York Philharmonic to watch classical music performances, and enjoys looking for the best bowl of ramen in the city.

Tazmin Rahman
Tazmin is a junior at NYU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Her primary interests are the cognitive development and the behavioral flexibility of children. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Physical Therapy and hopes to work with children in the future. During her free time, she enjoys binge-watching "The Mindy Project," reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Maya Schnaider
Maya has just graduated from NYU with a BFA in Drama and minor in Psychology. Her research interests include cognitive and social development, particularly in children with autism. She is passionate about working with the special needs community and hopes to combine her two loves for theater and psychology and become a Drama Therapist in the future.

Hayati Wahab
Hayati is a senior from Brunei, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. She is interested in exploring the different risk factors of autism spectrum disorder, as well as the use of different music therapy intervention techniques with a range of child populations. While she works towards pursuing a graduate degree in either Clinical Psychology or Music Therapy, Hayati loves playing the piano and going on food adventures around New York City.