Sammy Floyd (Smith ’14): Grad student as of ’16: working on polysemy and word learning.


Karina Tachihara (UC Berkeley ’14): Grad student as of ’16: working  generalizations and exceptions in L2, memory and language.



Ana Patricia Esqueda (Princeton ’19, PSY): L2 learning, grad school in education at U of Michigan

)  Knowledge of Spanish improves children’s ability to detect a probabilist gender distinction in an artificial language learning experiment. Younger, lower SES children who speak Spanish perform better than those reported in Schwab, Lew-Williams and Goldberg, 2018.

Sonia Ann Friscia (Princeton ’19, PSY): cross-situational learning

Increasing the coherence of scenes during exposure may facilitate cross-situational word learning. 

Alexia Hernandez (Princeton ’19, Linguistics): Generalizations; researcher at Google

 Numerical thresholds are not useful for predicting when a construction is productive. Five tests of a threshold proposal on kids and adults. 

Noe Claire Kong-Johnson (Princeton ’19, PNI): Modeling of similarity judgments; grad school in linguistics at U of Hawaii

 The order of presentation affects human judgements of similarity in word pairs. 

Grace Grady (Princeton, ’20, PSY):

Hi my name's Grace and I'm the Social Chair for Motown Sound! I'm a sophomore from Edgewater Park, NJ and a prospective psychology major. I play the flute, and I've loved Motown music since growing up listening to it with my father. Since he passed away, Motown has gained a lot of meaning for me, and I even have a tattoo devoted to my favorite Motown song: "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" by Jimmy Ruffin.Do we care more about dialect than race?

Serena Mon (Princeton ’20, PNI): Neuroscience of language

 How do we process conventional metaphor vs literal paraphrases vs concrete paraphrases?  (Congratulations! Winner of PNI’s Shapiro Prize for undergraduate research)

Larissa Oliviera (Princeton ’21)

 What sorts of interventions can help ASD children learn vocabulary?

Recent Alumni

Rebecca Blevins (Princeton ’19): learning complex morphology; Howard Crosby award winner (’18)


Sarah Reid (Princeton ’18): polysemy learning; grad school in computational linguistics

Charlotte Jeppson (Princeton ’18): Clinical Psychology Award for her work on polysemy in ASD!

Isaac Treves (Princeton ’19, PNI), grad school at BCS at MIT


Amy Cutchin Freyberger (Princeton ’17)

Matthew Barouch (Princeton ’16) Winner of George Miller prize in Cognitive Science: investigated statistical learning in language and music while word learning.


Danielle Ellis (Princeton ’16): do verb meanings change when verbs are used in different constructions?


Jalisha Braxton (Princeton ’16): reasoning performance when writing vs. typing