Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez is a post-doctoral fellow working in Dr. Patricia Kuhl's lab. Before coming to I-LABS, Naja earned her Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Naja's dissertation work was completed under the guidance of Dr. Rachel Mayberry and Dr. Eric Halgren, and focused on the effects of delayed language acquisition on the neural processing of language. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), she studied the brain representation of sign and spoken language in deaf and hearing people of various linguistic backgrounds. At I-LABS, Naja is looking forward to studying the development of brain and language in monolingual and bilingual babies across different socioeconomic backgrounds.
Ferjan Ramirez, N., Leonard, M.K., Torres, C., Hatrak, M., Halgren, E., Mayberry, R.I. (2013) Neural language processing in adolescent first-language learners. Cerebral Cortex doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht137.
Ferjan Ramirez, N., Leonard, M.K., Halgren, E., Mayberry, R.I. (2013) The neural correlates of childhood linguistic isolation. In S. Baiz, N. Goldman, R. Hawkes (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Volume 1, 110-121. Boston: Cascadilla Press.
Ferjan Ramirez, N., Lieberman, A., Mayberry, R.I. (2013) The initial stages of first-language acquisition begun in adolescence: When late looks early. Journal of Child Language, 40(2), 391-414.
Leonard, M.K., Ferjan Ramirez, N., Torres, C., Hatrak, M., Mayberry, R.I., Halgren, E.. (2013) Neural stages of spoken, written, and signed word processing in second language learners. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00322.
Leonard, M.K., Ferjan Ramirez, N., Torres, C., Travis, K., Hatrak, M., Mayberry, R.I., Halgren, E. (2012) Deaf signers process semantic but not visual information in left superior temporal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(28), 9700-9705.
Ferjan Ramirez, N., Lieberman, A., Mayberry, R.I. (2011) The first words acquired by adolescent first-language learners: When late looks early. In N. Dannis, K. Mesh, & H. Sung (Eds). Proceedings of the 35th Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston: Cascadilla Press.