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Valeria Vinogradova

I graduated with an MRes degree in Psychology from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2018. Prior to this, I studied Linguistics and was working as a sign language interpreter in Moscow, Russia. At the time, my research focused on sign language typology, specifically motion events and colour terms, and I was also a research assistant on a project studying cognition and brain reorganisation in deaf sign language bilinguals.

Now I am a PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UEA) supervised by Dr. Velia Cardin (DCAL, UCL) and Prof. John Spencer (UEA). I work within DCAL’s Deafness and Neural Plasticity Lab on a project that investigates neural reorganisation and connectivity in the deaf brain and how it relates to executive functions and language experience. I am also interested in visual rhythm perception and music perception in deaf individuals, which was the topic of my MRes project.

I also helped to create a database of regional variation in Russian Sign Language (RSL) and continue working on that project and sociolinguistic variation in RSL in my free time.