Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre


Professor Gabriella Vigliocco (UCL)

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I am Professor of the Psychology of Language in the Department of Experimental Psychology at University College London, where I am also a PI in the Institute for Multimodal Communication. I received my PhD from University of Trieste, and before coming to London I worked at University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen.

I was a DCAL co-director from 2006 to 2016.

I lead a team composed of psychologists, sign linguists, computer scientists and cognitive neuroscientists sharing the vision that understanding language and cognition requires integration of multiple levels of analysis and methodological approaches. The overarching goal of our work is understanding how language and other aspects of cognitive functioning relate to each other. Over the years, we have contributed to the understanding of how we represent meaning, how cognition shapes languages and how language shapes cognition. We have challenged many traditional ideas about language, like the notion that language is a modular and purely symbolic system that does not entail direct links with our sensory-motor and affective experience. We have developed theoretical and computational models of how meaning is represented and how sentences are produced that account for language performance in terms of interactions among different types of linguistic and non-linguistic information.

See also:

UCL Language and Cognition Lab

UCL Institute for Multimodal Communication

Direct contact: 020 7679 5345

E-mail: Prof. Gabriella Vigliocco