Jessica Hay, Principal Investigator
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Ph.D. 2005, University of Texas at Austin
My research interests focus primarily on early language acquisition and speech perception. I am specifically interested in how human infants learn elements of language during early development and particularly in how their experience with statistical regularities in the world (and in the laboratory) interacts with their perceptual sensitivities to facilitate learning.
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Current Lab Members
Ryan Cannistraci, MA
Ryan is a fourth year graduate student in the experimental psychology Ph.D. program here at UT. He graduated from Millersville University in May 2014 with a B.A. in psychology and moved to Knoxville shortly thereafter. His research interests include multisensory integration and the development of children’s lexical representations during language acquisition. In his spare time, he watches way too many sporting events (particularly baseball) and enjoys playing music while simultaneously singing off key.
Sara Parvanezadeh Esfahani, MA
Sara is a third year graduate student in experimental psychology at UT. She did her master’s at University of Tehran in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and graduated in 2014. Her previous research focused on how 6-to-9-year-old children process reflexives and pronouns in real time in their first and second languages. She is currently starting her work in the Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab.
Rodrigo dal ben de souza,
Rodrigo dal Ben de Souza is a fourth year PhD student at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil. He will be staying with us for a year, under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Hay, to further develop is studies on how speech and visual regularities integrate to promote language learning in both infants and adults.
Daniela Santos oliveira, PhD
Daniela earned her PhD in Speech Science from University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Her research interests are phonology, phonetics and language learning. Her research work has been mainly dedicated to second language acquisition. Before her time at UTHSC, she earned a Master's degree in Portuguese studies and applied linguistics from University of Aveiro, in Portugal, where she also earned a teaching degree.
Undergraduate Research Assistants