Dr. Nina Semushina
Dr. Monica Do
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. My research uses experiments in language production to better understand the relationship between thought and language. Specifically, I investigate (i) how people decide what to say (and not say) about the world they see around them and (ii) how they map their conceptual representations of the world into the linguistic form required by their language. Website: https://voices.uchicago.edu/monicado/
Dr. Amanda Seccia
Amanda received her B.A. in Psychology from Wilkes University in 2015 and her Ph.D. in the Department of Learning and Instruction at the University at Buffalo (UB) in 2021. Amanda managed the Pedagogy and Practice Lab at UB where she oversaw use of neuroimaging and psychophysiological measurement tools like functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and electroencephalography (EEG). Amanda’s work focused on bridging neuropsychology and education. She investigated epistemologies, roles, and knowledge bases that contribute to the disconnect between neuroscience and education. Amanda’s dissertation examined how researcher-practitioner partnerships help bridge the research-practice gap. She is interested in collaborating with educational practitioners to make connections from neuroscience research to comprehensive and transformational teaching practices. Amanda is a postdoctoral scholar in the ENL and Goldin-Meadow labs. Currently, her projects involve using fNIRS to study brain activity in children when learning a math lesson using nonverbal communication.