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).


May 2016 Angela Grant and colleagues published a paper in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
May 2016 Shin-Yi Fang and colleagues published a paper in Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science
Apr 2016 Angela Grant received the Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) Dissertation Award
Mar 2016 Jennifer Legault received the CBBC Student Travel Award
Mar 2016 Kyung Kim received Best Student Paper Award at the AERA (American Educational Research Association) Conference
Oct 2015 Angela Grant received Raymond Lombra Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Sept 2015 Ping Li and colleagues received the NCS-FO grant from the NSF White House BRAIN initiative program
Aug 2015 Angela Grant, Jennifer Legault, and Benjamin Schloss lectured in Workshop on Neurolinguistics and Technology
Jun 2015 Ping Li and Angela Grant published a paper in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
Jun 2015 Kyung Kim received Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) grant.
May 2015 Angela Grant successfully defended her doctoral dissertation proposal.
Apr 2015 Neuroscience graduate student and lab member Jennifer Legault successfully defended her COMPS (+dissertation proposal).
Apr 2015 Benjamin Scholss received Graduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships


Brain, Language, and Computation Lab
456 Moore Building , University Park, PA 16802

Phone: +1.814.863.3921+1.814.863.3921


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