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 and Dr. Giuli Dussias’s ISÍ (I see) Eye-tracking Lab. We also collaborate locally with Dr. Eleonora Rossi’s lab 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 moved to the University of California, Riverside from Penn State in 2016, and have a number of exciting and ongoing research collaborations. Our lab as a whole investigates the cognitive processes that support the acquisition and proficient use of a second language. We study 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.