Current Undergraduate Cohort

 


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Hellen Abraham

I am a fourth year psychology major and this is my first year as a research assistant. After graduating I plan on pursuing a career in medicine. I’m particularly interested in this lab because language has always interested me because of how useful and unique they all are. Growing up my parents were able to speak 3-4 languages and I always wondered what set them apart from monolinguals and how they were able to switch between languages so easily. I want to learn from this lab how being bilingual affects our cognitive development and gain experience on how to conduct research.


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Farhan Ahmad

I am a second year undergraduate student studying Biology. I speak English and Bengali and can read Arabic. This is my first time working as a research assistant in a lab and as a bilingual myself, I hope to gain a better understanding of how the brain can comprehend multiple languages. I am hoping to gain research experience with this wonderful opportunity and apply the skills I acquire in my future endeavors.


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Marco Andrade

My name is Marco Andrade. I am a third year poli sci major. I work as a reaserch assistant here in the Bilingualism, Brain, and Mind. I joined this lab because I wanted to learn about the importance of language other than its use of communication. As I learned in this lab, language not only allows us to communicate, but also it encourages healthy cognitive challenges to keep the brain on it feet. I love being part of this reaserch team and I look forward to a great quarter.


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Nisha Bajaj

I am currently a fourth year Neuroscience major, and it is my second year being in the lab. Growing up, I was exposed to three different languages, and thus find it very interesting how the mind and cognitive processing can be affected by exposure to numerous languages. I hope to gain even further insight into the differences between monolinguals and bilinguals, and also would like to learn more about the emotional processing differences between the two as well.


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Jose Calderon

I am a first year Music and Culture major and this is my first year in the lab. I became interested in learning more about bilingualism because I am bilingual and I live with someone who is monolingual. I’m interested in learning what are the key differences in the cognitive process between the two. Also I hope to gain lots of experience in lab research to help prepare any lab I might work in. I’m also hoping this will help me gain new skills to apply towards my school work.


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Clarissa Chavez-Moreno

I am a 1st year Biology major and this is my first year as a research assistant. I decided to partake in this lab because I took the class that Dr. Kroll taught my fall quarter and the course just fascinated me. What fascinated me was how the brain and mind work amongst bilinguals and monolinguals. I learned so many advantages and disadvantages that came with being bilingual that I never knew. I cannot wait to gain experience and learn a lot from this lab.


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Jasmine Conanan

I am a sophomore working towards pursuing a Psychology degree. I am bilingual in both English and Tagalog, but have been studying Korean for three years now. Language and linguistics have always been passions of mine, and I hope to attain a better understanding of how neural networks differ in monolingual and bilingual individuals and how we can effectively learn other languages. I am excited to be apart of this lab and hope to pursue a career involving psycholinguistics in the future.


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Mariellis Crain

I am a second-year majoring in linguistics, as well as minoring in mathematics. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I am interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. I am extremely excited to be working in Dr. Kroll’s lab because researchers are continuously looking for new ways to become bilingual quickly, and also, to gain a better understanding on the how the brain functions differently between bilinguals and monolinguals.


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Faredun Dungore

I am currently a second year Neuroscience major (CNAS) at UCR trying to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. As a first time research assistant, I am really excited to gain experience in a research lab environment. In particular to this lab, I would like to learn how bilingualism may improve memory or cognitive skills of a person compared to being monolingual. As I further advance in my neuroscience courses, I would like to connect the information I attained, to the research lab in the future.


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Rosemin Esparza

I am a senior majoring in Psychology. My research interest is to further expand my knowledge in how the bilingual brain differs from the monolingual brain. This is my first quarter volunteering as an RA and I am looking forward to acquiring new skills.


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Zinet Ezedin

Hi! My name is Zinet (or Zina) Ezedin and I’m a second year Neuroscience major. Growing up in a household where each of my parents spoke 4 languages each, I have always wondered how people are able to oscillate from one language to another with such ease. My interest in this matter helped me to master 3, almost 4 languages. It has been an aspiration of mine to be given the opportunity to research the correlation between cognition and bilingualism. I’m thrilled to be a part of this lab and looking forward to exploring the extraordinary aspects of the mind and language.


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Dalia Garcia, PIRE fellow

I am a junior studying Linguistics and Spanish Linguistics with an interest in speech and language pathology. This is my first year as a research assistant, and I am particularly interested in how bilinguals and their language abilities are affected by dementia. By working in this lab, I hope to gain a better understanding for bilingualism and how speech and language disorders affect the bilingual mind.


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Spencer Gray

I am a graduate of UCR in Biology. As a Chinese language learner, I am very much interested in the process of language acquisition, and the effects of bilingualism on cognition. I hope to attain a better understanding of cognition relating to the integration of these multiple languages with varying individuals. and the statistical methods used to describe these findings in a meaningful way.


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Michelle Guerra

I am a fourth year undergraduate student studying Psychology. I have recently chosen to follow my passion to further understand the brain and behavior of people, including how some people learn languages later in life. This lab’s study of bilingualism peaked my interest because of my background of growing up in a trilingual household. Thus, this lab provides the perfect environment to explore the neurological links on why some people have the aptitude to learn two languages easily and why others struggle. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and experience with bilingualism and applying it to my future endeavors in the medical field.


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Jeneane Hamideh

Hi! My name is Jeneane Hamideh and I am a fourth year Neuroscience major. I have been in this lab for about a year and am intrigued by the mechanisms of bilingualism and the brain. In this lab, I am able to translate my passion for neuroscience through various projects I get to create or work on. I am bilingual with reading, writing, and speaking in Arabic. I am interested in understanding how the brain learns and picks up languages, and specifically what can interfere with language learning in the brain over a period of time.


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Tzu-Ning (Vicky) Hsu

I am a sophomore studying Psychology, and this is my first year working as a research assistant. I speak Mandarin and English fluently with some understanding of Japanese. My background as a bilingual and my interest in psychology intrigued me to gain a better understanding in this topic, and I hope to acquire research skills and knowledge to apply them in my future career.


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Sammi Hua

I am a junior who is majoring in Biology and I hope to one day become a pharmacist. I have had prior research experience before this; however, I am highly interested in exploring different research studies. This particular research has caught my attention because I am a bilingual speaker who is fascinated about the brain’s capabilities and how much cognitive control a person has. From this, I hope to gain more insight about language learning, brain activities, and applying this information to my own personal life.


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Mariamme Ibrahim

As a 3rd year neuroscience major, I am interested in the developments and connections made in the brain as a result of different cognitive processes. Through this lab, I hope to learn how being bilingual affects the way our minds and brains work together. Growing up in a culture where Arabic is widely used in many settings (religious, at home, etc), I began appreciating the complexity and uniqueness of language and hope to further understand different aspects of the brain.


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Karen Jaranilla, PIRE fellow

Hi! I am a third year neuroscience major considering minors in Spanish and creative writing. This is my first year working as a research assistant, and I’m ecstatic that my first lab studies bilingualism! I’m looking forward to learning about both the linguistic and neural mechanisms of juggling multiple languages.


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Samreen Kazi

I am a third year Biology major at UCR and this is my first year working in this lab. I am excited to learn about bilingualism and the cognitive processes that allow bilingual individuals to transition from one language to another. In this lab, I look forward to learning new skills about conducting research and hope to be able to apply them to other research studies in the future.


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Amy Kuang

Hello! I am a fourth year Psychology major. I plan to apply to apply for a Masters program in Psychology after I graduate. I’ve always had a great interest in learning new languages because they are helpful in communicating with different people wherever you travel to. Bilingualism has always been an interesting topic for me because I am interested in learning different languages and also because I grew up from a bilingual household. Meeting people who knows more than five languages really fascinates me, therefore I am curious to how they speak them so fluently and how they are able to switch between languages. I am interested in learning more about the Psychological aspect of learning new languages and I am looking forward to learning new things in this lab.


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Charles Lai

Hello there! I am a third year at UCR. My major is Biochemistry in Medical Emphasis. I speak three different languages: English, Taiwanese, and Chinese. I came to this research lab to understand the relationship between bilingualism and the mind. I had taken Spanish classes in my high school life, but I never managed to master it. I am interested the reasons behind this. Perhaps what I learn from the research and the lab techniques can also help me in my future career.


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Tram Le

I am a second year Biology major student at UCR. I am particular interested in the research on Bilingual Minds and Brains because I am a trilingual speaker who is intrigued by the way the brain works for people who speak multiple languages. I want to gain more insight on bilingual’s cognitive and the brain’s capabilities to switch between languages. Also, I hope to gain experience working in lab setting and conducting different experiments.


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Vanessa Ledesma

I am a second-year student majoring in biology and interested in pursuing a career in medicine. This will be my first year working as a research assistant. I am excited to work in this lab because I would like to find out how and why a bilingual’s brain functions differently than that of a monolingual’s. As a bilingual myself, I would also like to learn what the advantages and disadvantages of being one are. I am looking forward to learning more about the subject.


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Daisy Lee

I am a Fourth Year Undergraduate at UCR majoring in Biology. I have a passion for studying anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience, and I aspire to work in a career where I can utilize and deepen my knowledge and skills in these areas. After hearing about this lab, I was interested in joining because—as a bilingual—I want to learn more about the brain, its connection with bilingualism, and the different techniques involved in conducting human research.


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Sharon Lopez

Hello! I am a third year Psychology major pursuing a career in the medical field. I was raised in a Spanish speaking household and never understood the importance of being bilingual until I was older. Im interested in learning and understanding the processes the brain goes through and how it all comes together to allow someone to switch from one language to the other. Im looking forward to working in the bilingualism lab and applying what I have learned to contribute to further research.


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Stephanie Lopez

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Lopez and I am currently a fourth year Biology major. This is my first year as a research assistant in this lab, but I am very excited to start working and gaining research experience. Since taking my first Psychology classes here at UCR I have become very interested in learning more about the human brain as well as how the mind interacts with other parts in our body and influences the way we think, our behaviors, our memories, and learning processes. As a bilingual speaker, I am very interested in learning more about how bilinguals process and conceptualize things differently from monolinguals and how certain parts of the brain are involved in the processing of words and images. As well as exploring the developmental and cognitive differences learning multiple languages have on an individual.


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Ashley Marin

I’m currently a first year student pursuing a B.S in psychology and aspiring a health related career in the future. I am excited to work as an RA and contribute to research throughout my college journey. My interests in studying the brain developed while witnessing my grandfather slowly regain his ability to speak and understand multiple languages with the help of therapy after experiencing several strokes within a short time period. I hope to expand my passion in studying the brain and learn as much as possible from the bilingualism lab.


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Monica Martinez

I am a third year Psychology Law and Society major. After I graduate, I want to either go to law school or a graduate school in Forensic Psychology. I am bilingual, Spanish and English, and have always been grateful for it. I am also interested in the way the mind works, which is why I became interested in working in this lab. I hope that this lab allows me to know more about bilingualism and give me tools that I can use for the rest of my schooling and career.


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Monica Mikhail

I am a second year student majoring in Neuroscience with an interest in minoring in Psychology. This is my first year as a RA in lab and I am really excited to learm more about different research methods and how to conduct different experiments. As a bilingual myself, English and Arabic, I am really interested to learn more about the uniqueness of the brain and its flexibility to acquire a second language even in the early stages of life. It will aslo give me an insight on how acquiring a second language affect the brain’s activities such as in cognitive skills, memory, attention etc. After I grdauate, I am planning to apply to Medical School to become a sport physician.


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Giselle Moreno

I am a second year here at UCR studying Psychology. This is my first year working as a lab research assistant. Through out the course of my college experience, I’ve found research to be something that interests me. As a bilingual myself, I often reflect on my experience acquiring both English and Spanish and the cognitive effects it has. I am excited to be apart of this lab and further expand myself in the researching field.


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Mindy Nguyen

Hello! I am a third year Psychology major pursuing a career in the medical field. I find the human brain to be fascinating and as a bilingual myself, I am interested to see what effects languages have on the brain and cognitive development overall. I hope to gain a better understanding as to why it is harder to acquire a new language in adulthood versus childhood and what makes some adults more successful at doing so than others.


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Eufrocina Palaganas

​I’m a 4th year Neuroscience major aspiring to be a neurosurgeon to satiate my love for brains and the nervous system. Hence how I became a participant-turned-research assistant after I saw my brain waves in the EEG portion of Emily’s LEC study. I now work with Emily to explore how bilinguals’ second language experience affects new learning and hope to further my knowledge on bilingualism and cognitive neuroscience methodology.


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Si Yeon Park

Hello, I am SiYeon Park, but I go by Lani. I am a third year psychology major and am interested in pursuing my career as a clinical psychologist. I am currently taking a psychology class on bilingualism and decided to participate in this lab as an R.A. because the topic was so intereting. As a bilingual, I would love to further expand my knowledge on the true benefits of bilingualism.


Belen Leon Perez

My name is Belen Leon and I am a second year majoring in Psychology. I have always been highly interested in research but my love and curiosity for the mind started in one of my psychology classes. My interest in joining a lab grew as I came across Dr. Kroll’s lab and found that it was the perfect fit for me. I am captivated by the human mind, our cognitive skills, and the ability to learn different languages. Being in this lab has given me the opportunity to be able to explore the psychology field even further. Also, being able to apply the knowledge I have learned in my psychology classes and seeing it come to life is truly fascinating.


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Josseline Pineda

I am a Junior studying both Spanish Literature and Psychology. I am interested in exploring more the cognitive aspect of Psychology. By working in this lab, I want to interconnect and further explore both my passion for language and Psychology. I am intrigued by the cognitive aspect of the lab and I am hoping to get more exposure to research studies to prepare me for my post graduation plans.


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Mark Pishay

I am a fourth-year Religious Studies major pursuing a career in the field of medicine, who is interested in the brain and its complex functions. I have a passion for the field of linguistics, as well, and seek to broaden my understanding of how the brains of bilingual speakers manage the different languages which those individuals speak. I hope to gain invaluable experience while doing this research, and learn exciting new concepts which will motivate me to continue along the career path I have chosen.


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Valeriya Ragozina

I am a second year pre-med Psychology major and this is my first year working in the lab. I am planning to matriculate into medical school immediately after graduating from UCR and to go on to pursue psychiatry. I am excited to gain experience working with participants and to learn more about bilingualism and research methods.


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Melissa Ramos

My name is Melissa and I am a sophomore studying Psychology. I am intrigued in this research because I grew up in a Spanish-speaking household making Spanish my first language but English my dominant language soon after; I have always wondered about our brains capability on acquiring more than one language. I am interested in learning more about bilingualism, the correlation of psychology and language, and the skills needed for conducting psychological research. Thus, being bilingual has driven me to want to be more involved in this research lab.


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Mildred Rangel, PIRE fellow

I am a third year Psychology with Law and Society major with an interest in minoring in Spanish. This is my first year working in a research lab, and I look forward to learning more about the research methods and how to conduct an experiment. In this lab specifically, I look forward to learning more about how bilingual’s cognitive processes differ from those of monolinguals. After I graduate, I plan on applying to graduate school for a master’s degree in the field of social psychology.


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Tania Rodriguez

I am a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in psychology. My goal is to become a clinical psychologist and help out those who are mentally ill. I am interested in this lab because I am bilingual and would love to learn more about how bilingual cognition is interpreted in a research setting, and how it may differ in the cognition of a monolingual.


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Brianda Rodriguez-Verdin

Hi all! I am a fourth year Linguistics and Political Science/International Affairs major at UCR. I speak Spanish, English, French and am currently studying Arabic. I have always had a passion for learning languages. I am fascinated by our ability to use languages interchangeably in conversation through code-switching and borrowing. In this lab, I look forward to learning more about bilingualism and exploring the field of psycholinguistics. More importantly, I hope to gain some of the necessary skills needed to go into the field of language learning research


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Natalia Rzeslawski-Gamboa

I’m a senior studying Psychology and I hope to gain an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology. This is my second year working as a research assistant at UCR, and my first year working in the Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain lab. I am bilingual, myself, and I am interested in understanding how L1 and L2 affect cognitive function—particularly on the topic of lexical predictions. I look forward to gaining knowledge and experience as this research progresses.


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Rebeea Shaikh

I am a first year majoring in Neuroscience and am very excited to begin studying bilingualism. Growing up in a household in which multiple languages are spoken has sparked an interest in me to enhance my knowledge regarding the processes occurring in the brain when switching among different languages. I look forward to conducting research in this lab through my first year as an RA.


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Neha Sheik

Hi! My name is Neha Sheik and I am a second year Biology major. This is my first year working as a RA and I am very excited to study bilingualism. I’ve always had a fascination with psychology and language and this is the perfect opportunity to do both.


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Juliana Shenouda

I am a sophomore studying biology with a minor in Spanish. I took Spanish for all four years of high school and grew up in an Arabic setting. With this experience, I was always curious to understand neural connections in depth and how different language factors were systematically sent to different places in the brain. I am eager to learn and am excited about being part of research in the field of neuroanatomy and the diverse function both of the sides of the brain. And I think the ability to actively participate in and analyze new research is an essential component to the successful practice of medic


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Supanat Sritapan

I am currently a second year Biology major at UCR. As a person who speaks two languages, I would love to learn more about how the brain of a bilingual functions differently than that of a monolingual. Also, with my recent interests in Neuroscience, I am determined to apply what I learned in classrooms and to obtain more research experience from working in this lab.


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Shayaan Syed

Hi! I am a second year student majoring in Biology. I only spoke Urdu for 10 years , and learned to speak English when I moved to U.S. Now that I can speak these two languages fluently, I am curious to find out how does a bilingual brain works, and how it differs from that of monolingual. This is my first year as a research assistant, and I am very excited to be researching on the Language Experience and Verbal Fluency project.


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Nelson Tian

I am a fourth year Statistics major and this is my first year working in a research lab. As someone who learned English early on and lost their first language, I was interested in this lab because I am curious about how bilinguals balance their thoughts in two languages. Because I have never worked in a lab before, I hope to both learn what it’s like to be a part of a lab and contribute with my statistics perspective.


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Paulina Vasquez-Rocha

I’m a 2nd year studying Linguistics and Spanish Linguistics. and I’m excited to learn more about the cognitive development of bilinguals. I am also interested in how and under what circumstances bilinguals decide to code switch. I look forward to developing an understanding on psycholinguistics and being involved and learning about the research process!


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Jacqueline Vergara

Hello my name is Jaky, I’m a fourth year Psychology Law and Society major. This is my second year working in a Research Lab and my third quarter here in the Bilingualism Mind Brain Lab. I hope to someday go to grad school after a bit of time off.The reason I was intrigued by the Bilingualism Mind Brain Lab was because I wanted to learn how the brain functioned differently in bilinguals. I grew up in a Spanish speaking home, being a part of a lab that works on understanding the impact a second language may have on an individual is fascinating!


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Jenny Vu

Hi there! I am a 4th year psychology major here at UCR. My main interests are in behavioral processes, social psychology, and clinical psychology. I’m so grateful to be granted the opportunity to work in this lab, and find it relatable and interesting, as I am a bilingual myself (Vietnamese and English speaker). I’m excited to be further educated on the cognitive processes of language-learning from this lab.


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Dennis Wu

Hello! My name is Dennis Wu. I’m a third year Psychology major who’s interested in
being an RA for the Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab. This is my first year as being an RA. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to be part of an awesome team. As a bilingual individual, myself, I hope to learn more about the interaction between bilingualism and cognition.


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Fiona Yan

I am a 4th year majoring in Linguistics and psychology and this is my first year with the lab as an RA. I have tried to pick up a few languages in my life as a student because I enjoy being able to learn other country’s language and culture. This particular lab made me interested about how bilinguals and monolinguals are similar and different when they try to learn or pick up a language. After I graduate I intend to continue into grad school for clinical psychology.


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Leila Yousefi-Rizi

I am a fourth year biology major and I am extremely excited to work in this lab! Coming from a biracial family, I grew up listening to my parents speak two completely different languages. The quick switch from English to Tagalog to Farsi has always fascinated me. This lab allows me to delve into the neural function behind bilingualism, as well as learn how individuals benefit from this skill.


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Arianna Zimmer

My name is Arianna Zimmer I am a first year Spanish major with a focus in linguistics. This will be my first year participating in research and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to research something as interesting as the bilingual brain ! As a fluent Spanish speaker it is very fascinating to me how the bilingual brain works. My ultimate goal is to go to medical school and hopefully one day be able to conduct my own research on nutrition. I hope to primarily attend to the underserved Spanish speaking community here in Southern California. I believe that participating in research will provide me with a great idea of what conducting research is like and will motivate me to keep pursuing my ultimate goal.