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.
Former BLC lab member, Chun-Ting Hsu, received widespread media attention for his work on scientific text reading
Former BLC lab member, Jennifer Legault, received PSU media attention for her work using VR for second language vocabulary learning in Languages.
Former BLC Lab student Angela Grant published on neurocognitive mechanisms of second language using neuroimaging in Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience.
Jennifer Legault and colleagues published a paper on structural brain changes after second language vocabulary training in Brain and Cognition
Ping Li and Roy Clariana published a paper on bilingual reading comprehension in the Journal of Neurolinguistics.
Ping Li and colleagues’ research on scientific reading and electronic reading devices was featured on Penn State News, ScienceDaily, DigitalTrends, and more!
Ben Zinszer and colleagues published a paper on Bayesian word learning in Cognitive Science.
Jake Follmer, Shin-Yi Fang, and colleagues published a paper in Reading and Writing.
Ping Li, Ben Schloss, and Jake Follmer’s article on political semantic space was featured on Penn State News.
Ping Li and Xiaowei Zhao published a review in Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and Neurobiology of Language.Xiaowei Zhao is a former BLC lab member, now an assistant professor at Emmanuel College in Boston.