I am currently a Ph.D. student in a joint doctoral program in Language and Communicative Disorders by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and San Diego State University (SDSU). I am interested in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology of language processing. Broadly speaking, I am interested to uncover the mechanisms and cognitive systems that support sentence comprehension in real-time. For this purpose, I study bilingual speakers, elderly adults, and individuals with brain injury using different behavioral and neural methodologies.
Particular questions that interest me:
How executive function and visual processes interact with sentence processing in real-time?
What aspects of semantic cognition is necessary for sentence processing?
To what extent representations of contextual cues are activated during real-time sentence processing?
I love to bring my knowledge of human cognition into real world problem solving and innovation to have a broad positive impact on people’s lives.
Feel free to contact me via email. To do so, write nakhavan and @ucsd.edu together 😉