Meet the Speakers
Dr. Bobby Cheon, National Institutes of Health, United States of America
Dr. Bobby Cheon is an Earl Stadtman Investigator at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining the NICHD, Dr. Cheon was an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences of Nanyang Technological University and a Principal Investigator at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences of A*STAR. He received his PhD in Psychology from Northwestern University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Business School of Nanyang Technological University.
Dr. Reiko Mazuka, RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan
Dr. Reiko Mazuka is the Team Leader for the Laboratory for Language Development, RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan & a Research Professor at the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University. She received PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, MSc in General Linguistics from University of Edinburgh, and MA in Psychology from Nagoya University Japan. She studies infants' phonological development and early language acquisition primarily with Japanese infants and children.
Dr. Dana Basnight-Brown, United States International University, Kenya
Dr. Dana Basnight-Brown resides in Nairobi, Kenya, where she has served as an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Centre for Cognitive and Developmental Research at the United States International University – Africa. She is currently an Associate Director for the Psychological Science Accelerator, a globally distributed network of laboratories representing more than 80 countries across six continents. Dana is also an Associate Editor at Memory & Cognition. Her primary research focuses on the cognitive processes surrounding human memory and language, particularly within the domain of multilingualism. She has a strong interest in cross-cultural cognitive science, big team science, and in international research development.
Dr. Natália Dutra, Núcleo de Pesquisa e Teoria do Comportamento, Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil
Dr. Natália Dutra is an assistant professor at the Núcleo de Pesquisa e Teoria do Comportamento, Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil), with a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Durham University (England). My research primarily focuses on the evolution and development of cooperation, cultural learning, and executive functions. I am also interested in open science and diversity in science.
Dr. Rowena Garcia, Max Planck Institute, the Netherlands
Dr. Rowena Garcia is a postdoctoral researcher in the Developmental Psycholinguistics group of the University of Potsdam in Germany, and a guest researcher at the Language Development department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on figuring out how children, endowed with the same neurobiology, can learn the diversity of the languages of the world. She use corpus data analysis and psycholinguistic methods (e.g., eye-tracking) to investigate how children process the input that they hear and how they acquire their ambient language.
Dr. Michael Frank, Stanford University, United States of America
Dr. Michael C. Frank is David and Lucile Packard Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University and Director of the Symbolic Systems Program. He received his PhD from MIT in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 2010. He studies language use and language learning, focusing especially on early word learning. He is the founder of the ManyBabies Consortium, a collaborative replication network for infancy research, and has led open-data projects including Wordbank and MetaLab. He was a Jacobs Foundation Fellow and has received the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the FABBS Early Career Impact Award, and the Marr Prize and Glushko Dissertation Prize from the Cognitive Science Society. He served as Chair of the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society and has edited for journals including Cognition and Child Development.