I am currently interested in researching how our experiences with the world influence how we process language. Specifically, can information we store in episodic memory be selectively recalled by the brain to understand the meaning of stories? Additionally, I would like to explore the possible relationship between semantic and episodic memory and the circumstances in which new semantic information is acquired by the brain episodically. I am also interested in applying my findings to help patients who suffer from deficits in memory and language, such as patients with Schizophrenia.
I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab and the Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Program at the University of California, Davis. My research is aimed at better understanding: (1) how the brain handles discourse comprehension, particularly the integration of multiple sources of meaning in context, (2) the relation between individual differences in cognitive abilities (such as working memory and cognitive control) and language comprehension ability, and (3) deficits in language comprehension and cognitive control in schizophrenia.