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Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Director of the Neuroscience and Education Program

Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Director of the Neuroscience and Education Program

Dr. Gordon directs the Language and Cognition Lab. His scholarly interests are in: Language acquisition and processing, Developmental Neuroscience of Language and Cognition, Cross-cultural studies of numerical cognition and linguistic knowledge, Infant event representations and verb argument structure, Behavioral Genetics of Language, Magnetic Resonance Imaging of brain functioning in language processing.

Lab Manager, PhD Student in Cognitive Science & Education

Jean is a final-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Cognitive Science in Education program at TC, where she also completed her M.S. in Neuroscience and Education in 2013. She is the current Lab Manager for the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, where she is responsible for directing various research projects and managing research personnel.

 

Her dissertation focuses on the neural signatures of numerical processing of various changes to small vs. large numbers. She also uses EEG & eye-tracking to study perceptual organization, with the goal of understanding individuals with schizophrenia or visual deficits. Prior to her involvement in the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Jean was a neuroscience research coordinator in the Department of Biological Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. There, she studied primate hippocampal neurogenesis and its links to depression, anxiety, and early life stress.

 

PhD Student in Cognitive Science & Education

Erin Michelle Kirby is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development’s Cognitive Science in Education program, and served as the laboratory manager (2014-2018). She is currently studying enhanced perceptual functioning in autism spectrum disorders as it relates to early stage language processing. Previously, Erin received her Masters of Science in Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College. She has an extensive background in education, entering the field in seventh grade as a tutor for students with intellectual disabilities, and working as a preschool teacher and a teaching assistant in special education prior to attending Teachers College.

PhD Student, Cognitive Science in Education

Elizabeth Oh is currently a student earning her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interest is in language and numerical cognition, and she is currently investigating numerical processing among Korean adults. Prior to coming to TC, she obtained a Master of Education in human development psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development Youth and Community Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. During her master's study, she also worked as a research assistant at Reach Every Reader to analyze qualitative research and at Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to conduct quantitative analysis. She is currently a research assistant at the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, which is aimed at supporting EEG experiments.

M.A. Student, Developmental Psychology

Anika is a first-year Masters student at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Developmental Psychology program. She recently graduated with a Masters in Educational Psychology from Christ University, India. An interest in language development sparked while interacting with children through the internships at K-12 schools in India. She is particularly interested in how Early Intervention influences language development in children with disabilities. As a Research Assistant at Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she will be helping with the EEG study comparing visual and linguistic stimuli in individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

M.S. Student, Neuroscience and Education

Emily is a second-year student in the Neuroscience and Education M.S. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a major in History and a minor in Education. While studying at UC Berkeley she began to develop an interest in neurocognitive and emotional development through her Education courses and experiences as a literacy mentor, in education non-profits, and in the Oakland Unified School District. As a Research Assistant at the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she conducts EEG data cleaning, processing and visualizations, conducts literature reviews, and will be running EEG experiments.

M.A. Student, Bilingual/Bicultural Education

Erxiao Wang is a first-year student in the MA Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program and joined Dr. Gordon's lab as a RA in the fall of 2022. She graduated from Wenzhou-Kean University in China with a BA in English. She grew an interest in the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science and multilingualism during a recent research experience investigating L3 language learners’ information processing process. Currently, she is interested in investigating how our brains process and represent different language systems in different developmental stages and different cognitive tasks. In the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she is helping with the children’s numerical cognition development project and bilingual adult algorithmic process studies, exploring how language acts as a mediator in numerical cognition and algorithmic functioning.

M.A. Student, Clinical Psychology

Katherine is a first-year student in the Psychology in Education (Clinical Psychology) M.A. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from Washington College with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies in 2022. During her time at Washington College, she consulted with the Institutional Review Board on research ethics, and she was a research assistant in the EEG Lab, where she gained experience studying executive functioning, substance use, and the psychosocial effects of COVID-19. In the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at TC, she conducts literature reviews and facilitates EEG experiments.

M.A. Student, Instructional Media & Technology

Megan is a current master's student of the Instructional Media & Technology program with corporate work experience of a quantitative nature. Her interest in the brain and behavior began in the workplace as she developed workshops (e.g. implicit bias training) for a diversity and inclusion initiative to support underrepresented groups. She has a young daughter who has piqued her interest in understanding human development and learning. She studies the power of play and hands-on construction in learning, as well as the role of media and technology for learning. Other research interests include how language and media influence our cognition, and how to utilize them for new knowledge acquisition.

M.A. Student, Developmental Psychology

Praveen is a second-year student in the Developmental Psychology M.A. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Biological Sciences. At UMBC, Praveen was a Writing Fellow and a research assistant in the Promoting Understanding in Life Sciences Education Lab, where he gained an interest in cognitive development and education. In the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, he has conducted EEG data cleaning and literature reviews, and will be running an online study researching numerical cognition in children.

M.A. Student in Developmental Psychology

Sam Elliott is a second-year master’s student in Developmental Psychology. His research interests include cognitive development -- especially the development of number sense -- and schizophrenia. While at TC, Sam grabbed the opportunity to also join labs studying perceptual organization and mathematics education. Previously, he earned a BS in Microbiology. Sam has lived in New York (Queens), the Midwest, and, currently, SouthWest Florida.

Research Assistant

Shengyue Xiong is a research assistant in the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Columbia University, now focusing on EEG study on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental study on numerical cognition. She is fascinated by the neural basis of speech perception and the relationship between language and brain. Recently, Shengyue graduated from University College London with a M.S. in Psychology and Language Sciences. When she was studying at UCL, she was a member of Speech on the Brain Lab working on perceptual adaptation to noise-vocoded speech. Before she went to the UK, she completed her Bachelor’s degree at Shandong University in China with a major of English literature and linguistics. She also worked as a research assistant in the Natural Language Processing Group at Tsinghua University and the Laboratory of Phonetics and Language Sciences at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

M.A. Student, Developmental Psychology

Sining Gao is a first-year student in the developmental psychology M.A. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from Bennington College in December 2021 with a B.A. in developmental psychology. During her studies at Bennington College, she becomes interested in how fragile families affect children's internalized and externalized well-being, as well as how various long-term and short-term intervention programs could help these children and families in direct and indirect ways. As a research assistant at the Language and Neurocognitive Science Lab, she is running a study on the numerical cognition of Mandarin-speaking children ages two to four.

M.S. Student, Neuroscience and Education

Subiksha (Subi) Umakanth is a first-year Masters student at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Neuroscience and Education program. Additionally, she works with the department of oncology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center on a two year research program. She previously worked as a Research Associate at Lumanity (previously Endpoint Outcomes), a healthcare consulting firm. She completed her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Subi worked at the Knowlton Memory Lab, where she worked on a research project investigating meta-memory deficits in psychosis. As a Research Assistant at Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she will be conducting EEG data cleaning, processing and visualizations, performing literature reviews, and running EEG experiments.

M.A. Student, Developmental Psychology

Tianyi is a first-year MA student in Developmental Psychology at Teachers’ College, Columbia University. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Economics. She worked as a research assistant at the Attitude and Group Identity Lab at UC Davis and as a TA at Montessori Early Education Organization, where she discovered her interest in child language development and learning acquisition. In the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she will be running the developmental study of numerical cognition in children who speaks Mandarin. She is passionate about how environmental factors, parenting, and related interventions affect children’s language development and learning acquisition.

M.A. Student, Developmental Psychology

Tongyu Li is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology M.A. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He graduated from University of Rochester with B.A.s in Psychology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences. During his study at UR, he volunteered as a research assistant at the National Key Lab of cognitive neuroscience and learning at Beijing Normal University conducting research on correlation between children’s protein variants and cognitive development. He has an interest in second language acquisition and language influence on social-cognitive development in children. Being new to the LCN lab, he participates in training for EEG session running and data analysis. He also joins the Mandarin project exploring children’s numerical cognition and is willing to learn more about the influence of language on children’s numerical understanding.

M.A. Student, Developmental Psychology

Victoria is a first-year student in the Developmental Psychology M.A. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from the College of William & Mary with a major in psychology and a minor in data science. During her study in William & Mary, she developed an interest toward psycholinguistics and first language acquisition. She hopes to study socio-environmental factors that affect children’s language development and is passionate about the research of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Here at the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she is working with Team Mandarin on a study investigating the link between children’s numerical cognition and the language they speak. She also assists the EEG study with autistic adults.

M.A. Student, Developmental Psychology

Wanjun Xiong is a second-year graduate student in Developmental Psychology M.A. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from Boston University, with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Economics. She worked as a research assistant at Jiangxi Science & Technology Normal University Psychology Lab, and a cognitive functioning teachers for international students. Motivated by what she learned from academic and work places, she discovered her passion in language and cognition functioning development during early childhood. As a new member in the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she will be working on the Mandarin project that investigates early childhood numerical cognition development among Chinese-speakers. She also joins Korean number team, exploring the role of language in processing arithmetic facts among Korean-speakers.

M.S. Student, Neuroscience and Education

Xinming is a first-year master's student at Teachers College, Columbia University studying Neuroscience and Education. Recently, she graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a Neuroscience minor. She conducted an independent study on accented speech perception during her senior year at the Language and Brain Lab, where she spent three years at UConn. She also worked part-time at UConn as a human behavior research assistant supporting a study about how readers learn new words without teacher instruction in the department of Educational Psychology. Coming to TC, her research interests include speech perception, cognitive development, and the development of numerical skills. As a new member of the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she is currently helping with research on numerical cognition in Mandarin-speaking children.

M.A. Student, TESOL

Yingjing Zhao is a second year student in TC's TESOL program. She graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in Psychology. It is fascinating to her how language and psychology can be combined to enable students to learn effectively. She was a peer educator, helping students focus on their health promotion and supporting international students studying abroad. In addition, she participated in Stanford University's Laboratory on Neural Mechanisms underlying Visual Word Recognition in Typical and Dyslexic Readers. In the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she wants to gain more insight into psychological and language-related competencies.

M.A. Student, Cognitive Science in Education

Zhiyu is a second year master student in the Cognitive Science in Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is broadly interested in the relationship between language and cognition and her thesis at TC is on early childhood numerical cognition. She graduated from Purdue University with a major in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Japanese Pedagogy. During her study at Purdue University, she became interested in language acquisition and cognitive development and was a research assistant in the Social Interaction in VR lab. During her first year at TC, she was a part-time teacher in a language school in Manhattan. Currently, she is also leading a E-learning program that implements social-emotional learning (SEL) in an education non-profit. 

Here at the Language and Neurocognitive Science Lab, she conducted EEG data cleaning and processing, literature reviews, assessment design, and is leading the study on numerical cognition in Mandarin-speaking children.



M.A. Student, Cognitive Science in Education

Zinan is a first year student studying at the Cognitive Science in Education program. She graduated from Macalester College majoring in Linguistics, minoring in psychology and cognitive science. She is interested in language acquisition and bilingual reading. Her previous research experience focused on children’s metalinguistic awareness on word-referent mapping. In the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, she wants to explore the numerical cognition of Chinese children. 

 

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