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.


Mar 2017 Ben Schloss successfully defended his Master’s thesis
Feb 2017 Angela Grant successfully defended her PhD dissertation
Feb 2017 Ping Li published a post on Npj Science of Learning community regarding second language learning and the brain
Oct 2016 Angela Grant received Psychonomic Society/Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Award for Junior Scientists
Sep 2016 Ben Schloss and Ping Li published a paper in Behavior Research Methods
Sep 2016  Brain3M was featured in Penn State Today news and on the Big Ten Network
Aug 2016 Jennifer Legault received the Outstanding Student Leadership Award from the Huck Institute
June 2016 Ping Li was interviewed by Francois Grosjean
June 2016 Angela Grant published a post on Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s website
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


Brain, Language, and Computation Lab

456 Moore Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: +1.814.863.3921