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

Brittany Cho
Brittany is a junior at NYU from Central Florida, who is majoring in the Honors Program for Psychology and minoring in Computer Science in CAS. Her research interests include autism spectrum disorders (ASD), speech development, social cognition, and memory. Her past experiences include tutoring typically developing and ASD-diagnosed children in both math and reading at Kumon and volunteering in children education programs at the Brevard Zoo. She hopes to someday get her Ph.D in psychology and work as a clinical psychologist.

Abril Costanza
Abril is a senior at NYU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is interested in language development and social cognition, especially human behavior in groups and social situations, and is fascinated by the effect of social contexts on learning. Abril was born in Argentina and raised in New York, so in her free time she loves to find new ways to integrate different cultures into her everyday life and go to concerts. She plans to attend Law School and apply her knowledge of Psychology and research to the law field.

Gabrielle Marczak
Gabby is a junior at NYU from New Jersey, majoring in Psychology. Her primary research interests include cognitive neuroscience, child development, and attention. She aspires to get her Ph.D. in Psychology and work with children. In her free time, Gabby enjoys reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

Rebecca Elbogen
Rebecca is a junior 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.

Deshana Barua
Deshana is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. She is passionate about mental health care and she loves working with children. Deshana is interested in child psychology as well as developmental psychology, with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders and other pervasive developmental disorders. She hopes to become a psychiatrist in the future, but in the meantime she likes to sing, read and write obsessively, and scout for good nap locations around the city.

Tazmin Rahman
Tazmin is a sophomore 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.