Hello, I'm Monica. :)
I am a PhD student in the Language and Cognition Division of Psychology at University of Connecticut, working with Dr. Jim Magnuson in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab. I am also a trainee in the Language Plasticity IGERT program funded by NSF and an IBRAiN fellow at the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
I am interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying spoken word recognition, particularly regarding how top-down (e.g., attention, context) and bottom-up (e.g., speech signal, noise) information interact to determine speech perception. I use MRI, EEG, and eyetracking techniques to tap into the feedback and feedforward mechanisms in speech.