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Cristina Lozano, Ph.D.

Principal investigator

Hi! My name is Cristina Lozano Argüelles and I'm an assistant professor at the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at John Jay College. I research differences in how monolinguals and bilinguals understand language. I use eye-tracking to analyze how interpreting experience improves the way you process a second language. This year, I created The Bilingual Mind Project to make our community aware of how cool bilingualism can be. My native language is Spanish and I also speak English, French, and Asturian. You can check her blog here or follow her on Twitter.

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Dawoon Lee

Research Assistant

Dawoon is a first-year graduate student at John Jay studying Forensic Psychology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2020. She is interested in bilingualism because language reflects how people think, how they present themselves, and how they treat others due to a language’s rules. She would like to learn that the act of switching languages in a situation could influence the level of consideration, attitude toward others, and cognitive development. By studying bilingualism, she would like to understand the different behaviors and diverse cultures, which may be influenced by how they process and speak native and learned languages.

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Joie Ning

Research Assistant

Joie is a sophomore in the Macaulay Honors College as a prospective candidate for a CUNY BA degree in Migration Studies and East-West Relations. Joie is also a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow, where she was able to intern for the NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and provided informal interpretative services at city-sponsored events. This experience, combined with her personal interest in foreign languages, has moved Joie to better understand not only her Chinese culture and language but also bilingualism as a whole. Joie is interested in bilingualism as a means to communicate with more people, so she hopes to better understand bilingualism and its relevance to culture, identity, and overarching societal acceptance in order to better help people of color, with a particular focus on refugees and immigrants.

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Kyle Vasquez

Research Assistant

Kyle Vasquez is a sophomore pursuing a Forensic Psychology undergraduate degree. She has developed a keen interest in research and is eager to put her ethical research abilities to use in order to provide a secure and inviting atmosphere for the participants. She has always been fascinated by the brain's ability to switch between languages. Having grown up in a bilingual environment, she, like many bilinguals, recognizes the potential of two languages; switching between them can even become an unconscious act! Her passion in helping her community was prompted by her experience with bilingualism and growing up around other bilinguals. She wants to educate bilinguals (and the wider public) not only about the benefits of being bilingual, but also about the cognitive benefits that come with it. She wants to know how bilingualism has improved memory recall and what efforts may be taken to guarantee that bilingualism is seen positively. When it comes to bilingualism, there are numerous variables that may be researched, and she hopes that the efforts of this project will serve as a source of information, encouragement, and recognition for individuals of diverse cultures and languages.