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Fatemeh Abdollahi

Fatemeh Abdollahi



Graduate Student - Cognitive Psychology


I am a fifth year graduate student in Psychology working with Dr. Janet van Hell. To date, my research has involved investigating the neural processes underlying first (L1) and second (L2) language learning, in children and adults, across proficiency levels, and L1-L2 pairings. 

Project Summary: 

In May and June of 2016, I had the fortune to travel to Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, to conduct a project under the supervision of Dr. James McQueen. The purpose of the project was to explore how an L1 and L2 are accessed and interact during production of lexical items. Through examination of phonetic segments (such as voice onset time) in production of cognates versus non-cognates, measures of cross-linguistic interference can be gathered, which have the potential to inform how a bilingual plans and articulates an L2, and how this may vary as a function of proficiency and/or development. In May and June of 2017, I am returning to Radboud University Nijmegen to complete data collection for this project.