Shiri Lev-Ari

I started my journey at the Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel-Aviv University, where I discovered that I love studying, and even more so, studying language from a cognitive perspective. So after a few false starts (Maths, African Studies), I graduated with a MA summa cum laude in Cognitive Studies of Language Use under the supervision of always wonderful and supportive Rachel Giora, and was set to start my world journey: A PhD in Psychology at The University of Chicago under the supervision of Boaz Keysar, a post-doc at the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique in Paris with Sharon Peperkamp, and a staff scientist position at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In 2017 I moved to Royal Holloway University of London. I am currently a Reader (~Associate Professor) at the department.

My main interest has always been to understand how the social environment shapes individuals’ linguistic skills and representations and how social structure shapes language evolution. Check the other tabs to know more about what I learned so far.



Anna Petrova

Anna Petrova received a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and neuroscience from Moscow State University (Russia), and a PhD in psychological science from the University of Padua (Italy) in collaboration with Rice University (Houston, USA).  She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hong Kong, went on to do a research project at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology of University of Glasgow supported by a Glasgow/HKU fellowship, and then worked at the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, HSE, Moscow, and the University of Reading. Her primary research interests are psycholinguistics, language processing, the cognitive and neural architecture of bilingualism and multilingualism.


 Amelia Szadowska