Aparna Nadig, Ph.D.
BA Cognitive Studies, Lewis & Clark College, Reed College
MS Cognitive Science, Brown University
PhD Cognitive Science, Brown University
My research focuses on pragmatic development, social communication, and language and communication in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. I am especially interested in how we use multiple sources of information (visual, prosodic, from previous discourse, about our conversational partner) to arrive at a speaker’s intended meaning, and how we do this in real time, and what characteristics underlie this ability.
Current work in my lab examines:
- Mechanisms underlying language learning in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (e.g., memory systems, executive functions, preferential attention to gaze)
- Individual differences in the dynamics of conversation (e.g., reciprocity of topic, coordination of gaze with turn taking, collaboration on referential pacts)
- The efficacy of our newly-developed Transition Support Program for young adults with ASD (in collaboration with Prof. Tara Flanagan, McGill Educational and Counselling Psychology)
- Infants’ learning about objects from social cues versus repeated exposure (in collaboration with Prof. Kristine Onishi, McGill Psychology)