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Learning to Code
Our research is finding that the skillset needed to learn a programming language (like Python or Java) is remarkably similar to learning a second "natural" language (like French). Many different types of information compete to grab the attention of the learner, and our work examines how differences in brain functioning and cognitive capabilities relate to what and how well people learn.
Language in the Brain
I believe that language is the "peacock feather" of human cognition. It allows us to use symbolic short cuts for thinking and communicating with others. So much of the brain is involved in this process, and my research has focused on some of the less well understood of these regions, including the right hemisphere and subcortical structures.
Reading sits at the intersection of my other two interests: complex skill learning and language. Reading is an entirely learned skill (no one is born a good reader) that is critical for functioning in modern society. I am particularly interested in how experience and general cognitive processes interact to give rise to higher-level reading comprehension, such as the processes required to generate inferences.