Lab Members

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Nazbanou Bonnie Nozari, PI

M.D., Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"I'm an assistant professor at the Neurology Department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the Department of Cognitive Science. I study language, both because I find it fascinating as a cognitive faculty, and because I believe much can be learned about more domain-general cognitive processes, such as temporal sequencing, through the study of language. Probably the most appealing aspect of an academic job for me is talking to junior researchers; their curiosity inspires me, their momentum drives me, and their achievements thrill me. While a cognitive scientist by profession, I have a deep love for philosophy, sociology, literature, music, cinematography and other forms of visual arts, and it's a good conversation on these topics that I often seek when I'm not working."

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Svetlana Pinet, Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD Cognitive Psychology, Aix-Marseille University, France

"I am interested in the cognitive processes that allow us to speak or write. More specifically, my work focuses on language production in relation to other cognitive functions. During my PhD, I used a combination of behavioral and EEG experiments to characterize the interface between language and motor systems. In particular, I studied motor preparation during word typing in relation with linguistic processing. My next projects will target executive functions, such as error monitoring, and their role during language production.

Outside the lab, I find that there is nothing better than a good book in a nice coffee shop."

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Alison Trude, Postdoctoral Fellow

B.A., Psychology and Spanish, University of Pittsburgh Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Broadly speaking, I am interested in how various cognitive abilities work together to support spoken language processing. My graduate work largely focused on the memory mechanisms that help us to understand and recognize unfamiliar accents. Much of my research has used eye-tracking to examine how individuals process speech in real-time. During my time in the Nozari Lab, I hope to add tDCS and EEG to my toolkit. When I'm not working, I'm a total pop culture fiend and can usually be found watching TV and movies or listening to music (especially David Bowie)."

Alison is currently working on a series of experiments assessing perspective taking in neurotypical individuals and individuals with nonfluent aphasia. The experiments use eye-tracking and transcranial direct current stimulation to examine the cognitive architecture of perspective taking and the potential for its improvement.

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Jessa Sahl, Lab Manager

B.A., Music and pre-medical studies, University of Connecticut

As an undergraduate, my involvement in Autism Spectrum Disorders research led me to explore cognitive categorization and its relationship to pitch perception. I look forward to continuing cognitive neuroscience research while part of the lab and studying the cognitive mechanisms of language acquisition. I am an avid music and arts lover, and enjoy spending time outdoors."

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Michael Freund, Research Assistant

B.A., Psychology and Zoology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

"I am a research assistant in the Division of Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins and the lab manager of Dr. Nozari's lab. My research interests are in investigating cognitive control in language production. Much of my research efforts in the lab are devoted to exploring the network functioning as a speech monitor."

Michael is currently working on a group of experiments that test the domain-generality of the principle of incremental learning in different components of spoken and written production.

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Chris Hepner, Research Assistant

B.A. and M.A., Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University.

"I am a research assistant in the Division of Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and I am primarily interested in language production. My previous research focused on the cognitive functions involved in spelling and learning to spell by investigating the causes of developmental dysgraphia. In the Nozari Lab, I intend to study the nature of the limitations on working memory in spoken and written language production."

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Nicholas McCloskey, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sophomore, Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Spanish, Temple University

"I'm studying neuroscience, biochemistry and Spanish at Temple University, which is kind enough to fund my efforts as Dr. Nozari's lab minion. I'm very excited for this opportunity, as it helps prepare my brain to study its neural substrates for language.

Nick works on a study of monitoring in Spanish-English bilinguals. The goal of the study is to compare whether, and how, self-monitoring differs between first and second languages, which in turn informs theories of language monitoring.

Lab Alumni

  • Alex Serafini, Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Kathleen Kelly, BA in Psychology & Neuroscience, Rice University; Post-BA pre-med Johns Hopkins University.
  • Katie Link, Neuroscience and pre-med, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Kyle Schneck, MS in Psychology, University of Delaware.
  • Raghav Matta, Neuroscience major, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Rebecca Zhang, Cellular Biology and Neuroscience major, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Sweta Joshi, BA in Psychology, McGill University.