Kaja Jasińska is fundamentally interested in the neural mechanisms that support language (monolingual or bilingual, signed or spoken), reading and cognitive development across the lifespan. Her research asks questions such as how early life experience changes the brain’s capacity for language and learning. She uses MRI and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) neuroimaging technology in combination with genetic and behavioral analyses to gain new insights into the biological underpinnings of language, reading, and human cognition.
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Benjamin Zinszer Ben is a research associate in the BOLD lab and the Princeton Baby Lab. His research explores language learning, bilingualism, and how the brain represents linguistic categories. He uses many behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging methods in this work. Recently, Ben directed the Multimodal Neuroimaging at the University of Texas at Austin, worked as a research associate in the SoundBrain Lab (UT-Austin), and postdoc’d in the Baby Lab and Raizada Lab (University of Rochester).
Hermann Akpe has a PhD in Social Sciences and Human Capital Development from the Institute Development and Anthropology (ISAD) at Félix Houphouët Boigny University (UFHB). He holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in developmental economy. His research focuses on education, and he has worked on projects concerning the quality of professional development at private institutions of higher education. His research interests also include professional integration strategies. He is a member of the National Committee for Early Childhood Integrated Development (CNDIDJE) and has a special interest in young children’s learning abilities.
Fabrice Tanoh — Research coordinator Fabrice is a third-year doctoral student in Economic Sociology at the University Felix Houphouet Boigny (UFHB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. His research focuses on issues related to children’s education in rural areas. His work on the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project centers around the sociological and socioeconomic context of child literacy development. He also leads the Science Capacity Building collaboration with research partners in Ivory Coast (CIERPA, World Education, Laboratory of Neuroscience, French Agency of Development, and others). This project aims to increase the skills of young researchers and launch joint research projects on education in Côte d’Ivoire.
Axel Seri is pursuing an master’s degree in ethics and governance with a focus on sustainable development at the Center for Research and Action for Peace (CERAP) in Côte d’Ivoire. He is passionate about research and hopes to contribute to scientific innovation serving sustainable development in Africa. He works on the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project and plans to continue studies at the doctoral level.
Alyssa Kampa is a collaborator from the Language and Cognition Lab and is a PhD student in Linguistics & Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware. She is interested in the study of child language acquisition, specifically the acquisition of pragmatics. Her research focuses on the development of complex pragmatic reasoning abilities necessary for the comprehension of scalar implicatures. Her work with the BOLD lab involves studying the neural mechanisms behind scalar implicature derivation, executive functioning, and theory of mind abilities in preschool-aged children, as well as investigating how these cognitive processes in the developing brain compare to adult correlates.
Joelle Hannon is a first-year doctoral student in Linguistics at the University of Delaware. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from the University of Delaware. Her research interests are in literacy development and second language acquisition and how these relate to memory and other aspects of neurocognitive development. She is particularly interested in these issues within the context of lower and middle income countries. She is involved in the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project.
Kelsey Mulford – Lab Manager Kelsey is a junior cognitive science major at the University of Delaware. She is minoring in both human development and family sciences (HDFS) and disabilities studies. She is planning on becoming a speech pathologist and decided to join the BOLD lab because of it’s focus on language aquisition. She is interested in how socioeconomic factors can influence language and literacy skills.
Adji Thierry holds a masters in Linguistics from the University of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, where he has also studied law. He is the team’s Attie specialist and also administers French-language assessments as part of the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project. He has now participated in four field experiments with the team and plans to continue his studies in linguistics.
Elise Kouadio is a doctoral student in sociology, specializing in economic sociology and employment research. Her dissertation focuses on household consumption expenditure in difficult economic conditions, asking how we can understand social capital and family ties in insecure households. She speaks Baoulé and has participated in fieldwork for the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project in Tiébissou, Côte d’Ivoire. She is deeply interested in the question of childhood education and looks forward to further work with international organizations.
Armand Yeboue is a second-year master’s student in Literacy at Felix Houphouet Boigny de Cocody University in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. A native speaker of Baoulé, he is a research assistant in the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project.