Elika Bergelson

Elika Bergelson

Crandall Family Assistant Professor

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 2013


Dr. Bergelson accepts PhD applicants through the Developmental and Cog/CogNeuro areas of P&N and the CNAP program.

In my research, I try to understand the interplay of processes during language acquisition.
In particular, I am interested in how word learning relates to other aspects of learning language (e.g. speech sound acquisition, grammar/morphology learning), and social/cognitive development more broadly (e.g. joint attention processes) in the first few years of life.

I pursue these questions using three main approaches: in-lab measures of early comprehension and production (eye-tracking, looking-time, and in EEG studies in collaboration with the Woldorff lab), and at-home measures of infants' linguistic and social environment (as in the SEEDLingS project).

More recently the lab is branching out to look at a wider range of human populations and at infants who are blind or deaf/heard of hearing.


Language acquisition, word learning, cognitive development, psycholinguistics

Bunce, John P., et al. A cross-cultural examination of young children’s everyday language experiences. Center for Open Science. Crossref, doi:10.31234/osf.io/723pr. Full Text