Over the course of development, we acquire the ability to conceptualize others’ thoughts and feelings as distinct from our own. This is part of what allows us to engage in meaningful social interactions where our understanding of another’s perspective directly shapes our use of language. 

I am interested in how we are able to efficiently and effortlessly integrate contextual information, account for differences in perspective, and tailor our speech to meet the needs of our communicative partner in real-time. What are the cognitive mechanisms regulating these computational processes and how do those mechanisms correspond to age-related differences in the way in which we refer to the world around us? Moreover, which factors determine why certain individuals maintain communicative efficacy throughout adulthood while others are more prone to linguistic decline, leading to critical communicative errors?

Through the use of experimental data, I attempt to answer these questions by analyzing the relationship between pragmatic abilities and cognitive functions across the lifespan. 


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Currently, I am working as a postdoc on the project  'Linguistic and cognitive factors in effective referential communication'  (funded by the Research Council of Norway) with Paula Rubio-Fernandez (PI).  My position is based in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) at the University of Edinburgh where I work in collaboration with Hannah Rohde. The aim of the project is to investigate younger and older adults' choice of referring expressions in interactive contexts and how that relates to memory capacity, executive control, and Theory of Mind. 

I recently completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh which focused on the cognitive mechanisms underlying communicative perspective-taking over the lifespan and the impact of later-life language learning on cognitive ageing. 

Prior to that, I obtained my MSc in Developmental Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, MA in Spanish Linguistics from Middlebury College (in Spain and Mexico), and BA in Spanish and English Literature from Georgetown University.