Lab Affiliations: Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab. El Areyto Lab. (https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/juliotorres/el-areyto-lab/)
I am a first year PhD student in the School of Education. I received my B.As in Linguistics and Spanish from Boise State University and my MA in Linguistics from the University of New Mexico.
Broadly, I am interested in second language acquisition and cognition. Specifically, I research the cognitive (i.e, working memory) and social factors (i.e, learning context) that influence second language acquisition in adults and heritage learners. Furthermore, am I also interested in studying changes in the L1 and brain that may occur by consequence of L2 development. Ultimately, I hope my research can be used to aid both second language learners and instructors in a variety of different linguistic contexts.
This year, I plan to begin a project that uses mixed methods to investigate how interaction in language immersion contexts influences second language development, language control, and changes in the first language. In the future, I hope to investigate and compare a wide variety of second language learning contexts across the globe.
If you are an undergraduate interested in becoming an RA in the lab, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy collaboration with those with similar interests in second language acquisition and the brain.