PhD in Psychology, UMD
My research investigates real-time language processing, including what factors shape individuals? early processing commitments and how non-linguistic executive functions (e.g., cognitive control and cognitive flexibility) support the ability to resolve such representational conflict. I am especially interested in the malleability of executive functions (i.e., how individuals? ability to regulate thought and behavior can change) using novel intervention paradigms such as longitudinal cognitive training and the induction of performance pressure and cognitive fatigue. A major question that my research program asks is whether cognitive control abilities can be improved through practice, and the extent to which training-induced gains generalize to untrained language measures that rely on shared cognitive control functions.