The Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab is part of the Cognitive Program Area in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and shares lab space with Dr. Rachel Wu’s CALLA Lab. We are affiliated with a group of psycholinguistics labs at Penn State within the Center for Language Science (CLS), including Dr. Michelle Diaz’s Language and Aging Lab at the Social, Life, & Engineering Sciences Center (SLEIC) and the Department of Psychology, Dr. Giuli Dussias’s ISÍ (I see) Eye-tracking Lab in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Dr. Eleonora Rossi’s lab in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Dr. Deborah Burke’s Cognition & Aging Lab at Pomona College, and Dr. Jessica Montag’s Psychology of Language Lab and Dr. Christine Chiarello’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of California, Riverside.
We recently (Summer 2016) moved to the University of California, Riverside. Our lab conducts research on the cognitive processes that support the acquisition and proficient use of a second language. We investigate how bilingual speakers manage to speak words in one language at a time, how adult learners of a second language acquire new vocabulary, and what information is available when proficient bilinguals read in one or both of their two languages.