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Research interests

My research explores the structure and cognition of drawings and visual narratives. In particular, my work argues that drawings and sequential images are structured and processed using similar principles and mechanisms as verbal and signed languages. My work explores these "visual languages" across all levels of structure. I use linguistic theory to detail the structure of these systems, and corpus analysis to examine how they differ across cultures. Finally, I use psychological methods of experimentation, primarily cognitive neuroscience (EEG), to examine how people's brains process individual and sequential images.

My work can be found online at: http://www.visuallanguagelab.com


2014-2015. Postdoctoral Fellow. Institute for Neural Computation, UCSD.
2012-2013. Postdoctoral Fellow. Center for Research in Language, UCSD. (Advisors: Marta KutasJeff Elman)

Current courses

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External positions

Consultation (BBC News Labs)

1 Mar 201931 Mar 2019

Consultation and promotion (LingoZING Holdings LTD)

1 Jul 2015 → …


  • visual language
  • visual narrative
  • multimodality
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • linguistics
  • cross-modal cognition
  • drawing
  • visual communication

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