Giordana, Summer 2014

Giordana Grossi
B.A. (1992): General/Experimental  Psychology
University of Padua, Italy
Ph.D. (1996): Cognitive Psychology
University of Pavia, Italy

Postdoctoral research (1997-2001): Brain Development Lab (Dr. Helen Neville),
University of Oregon, Eugene


Current students

Amanda Lane (graduate). I earned my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in French from Christopher Newport University. Broadly, I am interested in cognitive and developmental psychology, as well as neuroscience. Specifically, I am interested in the experiences of second language exposure and acquisition and how those experiences might affect cognitive components like executive skills and metalinguistic awareness during different stages of life. Additionally, some of my other interests include study skills, executive skill deficits, reading acquisition, and canine cognition. I am currently reviewing past literature and developing ideas for my master’s thesis. After earning my M.A., I would like to continue furthering my education at the doctoral level. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, listening to music, and learning. In general, I love dogs, but I especially love those who are brachycephalic, and my absolute favorite dog is my little black pug, Buddy.


Emily Heimbender (graduate). I am a graduate student and teaching assistant  in the Psychology Master’s program at SUNY New Paltz, where I focus on neuroscience. I am currently collaborating on a project investigating what neural changes occur when people learn a second language. Currently, I am examining the neural correlates of cross-language bigram frequency effects. In my spare time, I enjoy running, dance, and doing zumba.

Maria2015Maria Talloni (undergraduate). I am an undergraduate student enrolled in the psychobiology major. I am interested in developmental and behavioral neuroscience and, more specifically, in the neural mechanisms of typical and atypical behaviors. Currently, I am working on a project aimed at investigating cross-language neighborhood density effects during word recognition in both early and late Spanish-English bilingual individuals. When I’m not busy studying, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, reading, listening to music, watching movies, and playing with my cats.



Guillaume Thierry, Bangor University, Wales

Cordelia Fine, Macquarie University, Melbourne

Helen Neville, University of Oregon

Cheryl Capek, University of Manchester

Donna Coch, Dartmouth University

Alison Nash, SUNY New Paltz

Alumnae and alumni: Elizabeth Sacchi (Binghamton University), Victoria Schuster, Nathan Earl, Michael Acerra, Julie Nabozny, Brenna Fearey (University of Hamburg, Germany), Nolan Conaway (Binghamton University), Jesse Siegel, Denise Donatien-Coder, Eric  Herskowitz, Viviana Quinones, Catherine Whiteman, Monica Stillwell, Molly Baker, Joe DiPietro (Cornell University), Kirsten Rowe, Jennifer Ollendorf, Regina Musicaro (Suffolk University), Cristina Sanchez, Jeremy Murphy (CUNY), Keith Rico, Micheal Rotelli (Indiana University, Bloomington), Fernanda Santos-Shaw, Michael Reisner, Josh Boggan, Patricia Broome, Stella Quinn, Jamie Slonim, Teressa Del Santo, Joanna Doerfer, Amertah Perman, Erica White, Jennifer Earle


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