Graduate Students

Xu Zhao
I am a fourth-year graduate student working with Dr. Iris Berent towards my Ph.D. degree specialized in cognition. Generally, I am interested in language processing, especially in how linguistic ability interacts with reading ability. Specifically, we investigate this by looking at whether speakers of different languages have the same preference towards certain language structures, namely, the onset position of a syllable (e.g., black), utilizing both behavioral and neural-imaging method (fMRI).

My current work involves looking at whether and how motor system will interact with categorical perception.

In addition, I am also interested in investigating language abilities among dyslexics.

Amanda Dupuis
I am a second-year graduate student working with Professor Iris Berent towards my Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus in cognition. I graduated from Northeastern’s American Sign Language Interpreting Program with a minor in Psychology. My major academic interest lies in language and cognition, specifically as related to ASL and other sign languages. In my research, I hope to gain a better understanding of the phonological knowledge of native ASL users.