February 18, 2013

Jennifer Legault

Jennifer Legault

Graduate Student: Neuroscience Program, The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Office: 455 Moore Building
E-Mail: jtl190@psu.edu
Curriculum Vitae:  PDF

Research Interests

I received my M.S. and B.S. in neuroscience from Tulane University. My primary research interests include using multimodal neuroimaging (fMRI, sMRI, and DTI) to examine how the brain changes when you learn a new language, and how this might differ from brain changes associated with other types of learning.

In my free time I love to read, play piano, cook, go camping, and paint.  Also, I was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, so feel free to practice French conversation with me anytime—I’d love it!


  • Legault, J., Fang, S., Lan, Y., Li, P. (2018). Structural Brain Changes as a Function of Second Language Vocabulary Training: Effects of Learning Context. Brain and Cognition (pending revision)
  • Legault, J., Grant, A., Fang, S., Li, P. (2018). How individual differences mediate  structural brain changes during second language learning (submitted).
  • Grant, A., Legault, J., & Li, P. (in press). What do bilingual models tell us about the neurocognition of multiple languages? In Schwieter, J.W.(Ed). The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism.
  • Li, P., Chaby, L. E., Legault, J., & Braithwaite, V. A. (2015). Brain 3M–A New Approach to Learning about Brain, Behavior, and Cognition. International Association for the Development of the Information Society.
  • Lan, Y., Fang., S., Legault, J., Li, Ping. (2015). Second language acquisition of Mandarin Chinese vocabulary: Context of learning effects. Educational Technology Research & Development, 63, 5, 671-690.
    Li, P., Legault, J., & Litcofsky, K. A. (2014). Neuroplasticity as a function of second language learning: Anatomical changes in the human brain. Cortex, 58, 301-324.
  • Feng, S., Legault, J., Yang, L., Zhu, J., Shao, K., & Yang, Y. (2014). Differences in grammatical processing strategies for active and passive sentences: An fMRI study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 33, 104-117.