WELCOME

The Language and Cognition Lab is directed by Dr. Anna Papafragou, Associate Professor of Psychology. Research in our lab focuses on language acquisition and the relation between linguistic and perceptual/conceptual representations.

This area of study draws on multiple disciplines including developmental and cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. We are particularly interested in exploring the differences between universal and language-specific aspects of language acquisition and whether and how those differences might affect (non-linguistic) cognition. To do so, we compare children and adults who speak different languages.

We have a wide network of collaborators, both in the US and internationally, and we conduct experiments around the world, including sites in the United States, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Korea, and indigenous Mayan communities in Mexico.

Our work is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

FEATURED NEWS & AWARDS

May 2011: Sarah Solomon has won the Sigma Xi Senior Thesis Award for her thesis "The effects of linguistic categories on color perception", co-advised by Anna Papafragou and Jim Hoffman.

May 2011: Adrienne Pinto, an undergraduate in our lab, has won a Psi Chi Summer Research Fellowship and a second Summer Fellowship from the Undergraduate Research Office.
October 2010: Anna Papafragou has been awarded an NSF grant to study the relationship between the acquisition of evidentiality and children’s theory of mind. More...

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

2011

Li, P., L. Abarbanell, L. Gleitman and A. Papafragou, Spatial reasoning in Tenejapan Mayans. Cognition 120: 33-53. More...

2011

Quinn, P., M. Doran and A. Papafragou, Does changing the reference frame affect infant categorization of the spatial relation BETWEEN? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 109: 109-122. More...

2010

Trueswell, J. and A. Papafragou, Perceiving and remembering events cross-linguistically: Evidence from dual-task paradigms. Journal of Memory and Language 63: 64-82. More...

2010

Papafragou, A., Source/goal asymmetries in motion representation: Implications for language production and comprehension. Cognitive Science 34: 1064-1092. More...

2010

Papafragou, A. and S. Selimis, Lexical and structural biases in the acquisition of motion verbs. Language Learning and Development 6: 87-115. More...

2010

Papafragou, A. and S. Selimis, Event categorisation and language: A cross-linguistic study of motion. Language and Cognitive Processes 25: 224-260. More...