The Living Lab is led by linguists and psychology researchers who study how language and cognition develop from infancy to school age. The lab co-directors are interested in how children learn languages and how children remember the past and think about the future. Learn more about the co-directors below!
Dr. Cristina Atance is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Atance has broad research interests within the domain of cognitive development but is especially intrigued by the development of young children’s concepts of the future, perspective-taking skills, and theory of mind. Dr. Atance completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto in 1996 and received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 2001. She then completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Washington before returning to Canada in 2003 to begin a faculty position at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Christopher T. Fennellis an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute Research Chair in Language Learning and Acquisition at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Fennell completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in 1998. He then jumped coasts and did both his Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Janet F. Werker, FRSC. Dr. Fennell then completed post-doctoral studies with Dr. Sandra R. Waxman at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA. He began his career at the University of Ottawa in January 2006 and is interested in early word learning, infant bilingualism and infant speech perception. Dr. Tania Zamuner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Zamuner completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Linguistics at McGill University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2001. She held a postdoctoral position at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where she conducted studies at the Max Plank Institute in Psycholinguistics. She then spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. She specializes in psycholinguistics and language acquisition, with a focus on early speech perception and production and language processing.
From left: Professors Chris Fennell, Cristina Atance and Tania Zamuner. Photos: Bonnie Findley