Faculty Collaborator, Department of Psychology
Psychology Department, California State Polytechnic University
Research Associate: University of California, Riverside
Lab affiliations: Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab; ISI Lab, SLEIC Lab
Eleonora’s primary research interest focuses on language processing and bilingualism. The overarching goal of her work is to understand the neuro-cognitive bases of bilingual language processing to examine interactions between language and cognition that might be shadowed in speakers of a single language.
Throughout her career she has built a strong cross-disciplinary research path by developing expertise in formal linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience.
She got her MA in Speech Pathology at the University of Padua (Italy) with a thesis on two case studies of bilingual aphasia. She followed this line of work with her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), in which she investigated priming effects and language production in agrammatic aphasic speakers. Her post-doctoral work took her to Penn State (US) where she worked with Judith Kroll and Giuli Dussias on the neurocognition of bilingualism.
Primary tools of her research include linguistic and behavioral measures of language and cognitive processing, and neuroimaging techniques such as event-related potentials (ERPs), eye-tracking, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Her work has covered studies on the neurolinguistics underpinnings of aphasia, and the behavioral and neural correlates of various aspects of bilingualism and language control, including work on the neural correlates of bilingual habitual code-switching, and first language attrition.
Eleonora is currently Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Cal Poly Pomona, and a Research Associate at UC Riverside.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona CA 91768
Office Phone: 909-979-6984