About Me

I am a Staff Scientist (tenure-track) and an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language.

Short bio: Following my undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Athens, I worked with Dr. Athanassios Protopapas while pursuing a graduate degree in Basic and Applied Cognitive Science. I continued my academic training as a doctoral student at the University of Iowa working with Dr. Bob McMurray. I am currently a staff scientist at the BCBL and member of the Spoken Language group, led by Dr. Arthur Samuel.

Research foci: My research examines some of the fundamental processes and representations that subserve language use, focusing on speech perception, word recognition, and word learning.

I am particularly interested in the structure and the dynamics of the mental lexicon, L1/L2 phoneme categorization, and the interactivity between different levels of language processing. In addition, I am interested in how these processes differ among individuals and the impact of these differences on language processing.

Methodology: I use a variety of methodological tools such as behavioral tasks, eye-tracking, and electrophysiological measures, as well as computational modeling.

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Name pronounced: εfθimia (εfi) kapnula