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Cognition and Language Laboratory


Location: 7307


Mission Statement

Research in the Cognition and Language Laboratory (CoLa Lab) focuses on the interaction among different cognitive functions and language processes in children and adults. The main goal is to examine how various cognitive functions, such as working memory, interference control, and attentional capacity impact language comprehension and production in different populations. We examine specific cognitive control processes and consider how these develop in monolingual and bilingual individuals, how they may interact with language processing, and how they are affected in specific clinical populations, such as children with developmental language disorder (DLD) and autism. This research is based primarily on behavioral testing including online tasks, neuropsychological measures, statistical modeling, and on physiological approaches, such as pupillometry.

Current Projects

  • The effect of the bilingual experience on cognitive control performance
    • Language and task switching in bilingual preschool age children
  • The joint effects of bilingualism and language impairment on cognitive control
  • The effect of working memory updating training on various language and cognitive abilities
  • Interference control in children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental language disorder
  • Cognitive control, motivation, and effort exertion in children with and without developmental language disorder: A pupillometric approach
  • Lexical ambiguity resolution and interference control in bilingual and monolingual children with and without developmental language disorder
  • How does the relationship between cognitive control and language change over the course of the lifespan?

Principal Investigator
Klara Marton, Ph.D.
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences,
Graduate School and University Center,
City University of New York,
365 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10016-4309

To learn more information or to participate in our studies, visit the lab website.