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Elika Bergelson

Principal Investigator

Dr. Bergelson is an Assistant Professor in Duke’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (personal page). Dr. Bergelson received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she first became interested in infant word-learning, Her training is in psychology, linguistics, and cognitive science. 

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Federica Bulgarelli


Federica finished a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Language Science from Penn State University (personal page). She is interested in how learners figure out what to do with variability stemming from different sources in their environment, such as different speakers or different languages.

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Stephan MEylan


Stephan splits his time between the Bergelson Lab and the Computational Psycholinguistics Lab at MIT working on computational models of language acquisition and language processing (personal page). He recently completed a PhD in the Computational Cognitive Science Lab at UC Berkeley.

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Carla Fernandez


Carla graduated from Penn State with a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Language Science. She is interested in language processing differences in response to speaker variability. She is also deeply interested in the neural correlates of vocabulary acquisition in infants.

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Charlotte Moore

PhD Candidate

Charlotte received a B.A. in psychology and linguistics from the University of Ottawa, and went on to do her Master’s in Linguistics at the same university, continuing work she began as an undergrad on speech perception in toddlers. She is currently completing a PhD in developmental psychology at Duke.

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Shannon Dailey

PhD Candidate

Shannon is a PhD student studying developmental psychology. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a major in psychology and a minor in music. She began working with Dr. Bergelson in 2015, first as lab manager on the SEEDLingS team at the University of Rochester, and then as the BLAB manager at Duke. 

Erin Campbell

PhD Candidate

Erin graduated from Towson University in 2018 with a BA in speech language pathology, deaf studies, and disability studies. She is currently completing a PhD at Duke in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. Erin wants to better understand language processing and acquisition for children with sensory impairments.

JEssica MArlow

Research Assistant

Jessica was a senior majoring in Global Health and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, concentrating in Chinese, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. She is interested in the role of parent-child interactions in child development as well as bilingualism.

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Jing Liu

Research Assistant

Jing is a rising junior majoring in psychology and statistics. She is interested in how children acquire their first words and categorize them into their existing network of knowledge.

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Janani Ramadurai

Research Assistant

Jen is a rising junior at UNC double majoring in Linguistics and Neuroscience and minoring in Computer Science. She is most interested in understanding how children acquire language and hopes to apply that knowledge to speech therapy in the future.

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Hallie Garrison

Lab Administrator

Hallie graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology. She moved to Boston to work in childcare for three years, where she developed an interest in infant language acquisition. Hallie likes books, bikes, and beautiful places!

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Aahnix Bathurst

Project Coordinator

Aahnix graduated from Amherst College in 2019 with a BA in German. He would sneak over to Umass Amherst to take linguistics courses nearly every semester. He loves learning about almost anything brain-related.

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