Brain, Language, and
Computation Lab

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Our Research

Welcome to the Brain, Language, and Computation Lab at the Penn State University!

In our laboratory we conduct research to understand the neural and computational bases of language representation and learning. Our research specifically addresses the questions of neuroplasticity (e.g., how does language learning lead to experience-dependent brain changes?), individual differences (e.g., how does cognitive capacity impact learning success?), and knowledge representation (e.g., how does brain connectivity reflect knowledge and understanding?).

Our approach focuses on the dynamic interactions in the learning-learner systems and the corresponding dynamic changes in the native and non-native cross-linguistic brains. To achieve our research goals, we rely on a variety of convergent behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging methodologies (e.g., cognitive testing, artificial neural network modeling, and functional magnetic resonance imaging).

Our research has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation.

Latest News

Dec 2017 Ping Li and colleagues' research on scientific reading was featured on Penn State NewsScienceDaily, DigitalTrends, etc.
Nov 2017 Ben Schloss successfully passed his Comprehensive Exam.
Ben Zinszer and colleagues published a paper on Bayesian word learning in Cognitive Science.
Oct 2017 Jake Follmer, Shin-Yi Fang, and colleagues published a paper in Reading and Writing.
July 2017 Ping Li, Ben Schloss, and Jake Follmer’s article on political semantic space was featured on Penn State News.
May 2017 Ping Li and Xiaowei Zhao published a review in Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and Neurobiology of Language.
Apr 2017 Keke Yu and colleagues published a paper in Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience.
Mar 2017 Ben Schloss successfully defended his Master's thesis.
Feb 2017 Angela Grant successfully defended her PhD dissertation.
Ping Li published a post on Npj Science of Learning community regarding second language learning and the brain.
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