Nicole Vargas Fuentes

Lab Affiliation(s): El Areyto Lab (, Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab

Research Interests: Psycholinguistics, Emotions, Second Language Acquisition, Heritage Speakers, Memory, Bilingual experience

I am a first year graduate student in the Language Science program at UCI. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Foreign Languages (Portuguese and French) from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Currently, I am interested in studying the relationship between language and emotion. More specifically, I research how bilinguals feel emotions differently or similarly in their two languages while paying attention as how differences in the bilingual experience (age of acquisition, language use and context, etc) influence the degree of emotionality. Furthermore, I study how the emotion-language relationship impacts cognitive processes (i.e., memory) through the use of experimental and behavioral designs.