Lab Members

Current Lab Members


 

 LouAnn Gerken with her dog, RenzoDr. LouAnn Gerken, Director of the Tweety Lab

Dr. Gerken, the director of the Tweety Lab, is a professor of psychology. She is interested in how, as younger infants learn more about their world (primarily their language and musical worlds), their expectations and subsequent learning change. That is, younger infants are able to learn different kinds of information than older infants.  She is also interested in how infants seem to have a sense of whether they are learning, which causes them to direct their attention to learning domains where they are making the most progress.  In her spare time, Dr. Gerken travels, runs with her dog, and reads novels, preferably murder mysteries set in the 1920’s.

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Megan Figueroa Dr. Megan Figueroa, Lab Manager

Dr. Figueroa received her BA and MA in English linguistics from Arizona State University in 2010 and 2012, her MA in Linguistics from the University of Arizona in 2015, and her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Arizona in 2018. Her research interests include the acquisition of morphosyntax in monolingual and bilingual children with and without language impairment. Her dissertation was titled: "Who breaked the rule? Rethinking English past tense overregularizations." In her free time, she enjoys reading young adult novels, spending time with her dog, pretending to be a foodie, and cross-stitching nonsense. 

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Mira Nathan, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Mira is starting her fourth year at the University of Arizona and double-majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science & Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She is currently assisting with the 16-month study and plans on working in the lab until she graduates in 2020. She plans to continue onto graduate school to become a doctor in Audiology. In her spare time, she enjoys watching TV, embroidering, and knitting.

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Shashi Armstrong, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Shashi is beginning her fourth year at the UofA as a double major in Psychology and Linguistics. She plans to continue on to graduate school to get her masters in counseling or industrial/organizational psychology. She is currently working on a study with adult participants, called the "Alien Language Experiment." In her free time, Shashi enjoys writing, reading, playing video games, and cooking. 

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Previous Lab Members


Neida Ahmad, former Lab Manager/research assistant

Joleen Kuzdas, former undergraduate research assistant

Karen Ayala-Miranda, former undergraduate research assistant

Sarah Bosch, former undergraduate research assistant

Dr. Carolyn Quam, former Post-Doctoral Fellow

Lauren Clough, former undergraduate research assistant

Celeste Gallegos, former undergraduate research assistant

Alisa Wang, former undergraduate research assistant

Dr. Kara Hawthorne, former doctoral student

Dr. Andréa Davis, former doctoral student

Sara Knight, former Lab Manager/Research Coordinator

Kimberly Golisch, former undergraduate research assistant

Jeannette Bell, former undergraduate research assistant

Michelle Gernon, former undergraduate research assistant

Lark Yildirim, former undergraduate research assistant

Devin McGrane, former undergraduate research assistant

Erin Huff, former undergraduate research assistant

Omar Aujani, former undergraduate research assistant

Nicole Szivek, former undergraduate research assistant

Kelly McGinn, former undergraduate research assistant

Jessica Brittain, former undergraduate research assistant

Kailey Alyssa Tucker, former undergraduate research assistant

Dr. Colin Dawson, former doctoral student

Juliet Minton, former lab manager

Evelyn Jaramillo, former undergraduate research assistant

Dr. Peter Richtsmeier, former doctoral student

Claire Fischer, former undergraduate researcher

Frances Balcomb, former doctoral student

Nikki Pikaard, former undergraduate researcher

Alex J. Bollt, former undergraduate researcher

Arwen Bruner, former undergraduate researcher

Dr. Tania Zamuner, former doctoral student

Dr. Jessica Maye, former doctoral student

Dr. Allyson Carter, former doctoral student



Other Researchers Associated with the Tweety Lab


Dr. Rebecca Gomez, Director of the Tigger Lab at the University of Arizona

Dr. Mary Peterson, Director of the Visual Perception Lab at the University of Arizona

Chewie Mon, Member of the Visual Perception Lab