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 second 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 first 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.

Project Manager

Samantha English
samantha dot english at nyu dot edu
Sam graduated from Brown University with a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, Sam worked as a research assistant where she studied infant vocalizations as a potential early indicator of risk for developmental disorders. She is interested in child development, particularly how learning is facilitated within a social context, and plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. She loves all things Broadway and enjoys drawing, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Research Assistants

Alyssa McGillivray
Alyssa is a Masters student in the General Psychology Program. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelors of Applied Sciences in Psychology with a minor in Linguistics. Alyssa's primary interests are the Psychology of Language, Cognitive Psychology, and Child Psychology. She has enjoyed working with children through various jobs and volunteer activities in the past and would like to work with children in the future. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys photography, being outdoors, reading, and playing board games.

Lena Skalaban
Lena is a senior at NYU majoring in psychology. She is interested in human cognition, particularly language development and memory consolidation, and aspires to pursue a PhD in cognitive science. She loves working and interacting with children; she coached youth soccer and volunteered at a local children’s afterschool program. In her spare time she is an avid half-marathon runner, and a foodie always on the hunt for new NYC street vendors.

Amrita Ramanathan
Amrita is a junior at NYU, majoring in Psychology. Her primary interests in Psychology are specific disorders such as ASD and Down syndrome. She is also fascinated by cognitive areas of language and memory and is intrigued by the complex communication between conscious- self, mind and body. She was born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore. Due to this, she has a love for travel and experiencing new cultures. During her free time she loves to sing, play her ukulele, eat lots of food and hang out with friends.

Brittany Cho
Brittany is a rising sophomore at NYU from Central Florida, who is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Computer Science in CAS. Her research interests include cognition, speech development, and memory. She someday hopes to get her Ph.D in psychology and work as a neuropsychologist.

Terence Tan
Terence is a senior majoring in Psychology and History. Having worked with educational psychologists in Singapore and the US in a clinical setting, he's excited at the prospect of tackling many of the same issues from a research perspective. His professional interests include the nature of intelligence and IQ, problem-solving in children and adolescents, and dyslexia remediation. His not-so-professional interests, on the other hand, range from long-distance running to foodie explorations in the Lower East Side.