People

Daniel Swingley, Ph.D.
Dr. Swingley is the director of the Infant Language Center. He is a professor in the Psychology Department at Penn. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and came to Penn in 2003 after several years doing child language research in the Netherlands.
Sho Tsuji, Ph.D.
Sho received a Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands on a comparison of speech sound acquisition in Dutch- and Japanese-learning babies in 2014. During her first postdoc in Paris, France, she has started working on the role of social cues on babies' word learning, a topic she will further explore at Penn. In her free time, she enjoys blogging about research and life, yoga, and making jewelry.
Angelica Buerkin-Salgado
Angelica received a B.A. in cognitive science from Johns Hopkins in 2011. She spent 2 years working on early language production and processing at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception in Paris. She is now a grad student at Penn an plans to continue exploring how babies approach the challenge of language acquisition. Known to write the occasional restaurant review or short story, she devotes some time to hiking, yoga, and balcony gardening.
Elizabeth Crutchley
Liz joined the Infant Language Center as lab manager in June 2014. As a Philly native and a first-generation college student, she is interested in improving educational outcomes and opportunities for the underprivileged. In her free time, she loves hiking and kayaking with her husband and dog, as well as biking, archery, and fashion.
Amanda Samuel
Amanda s a freshman in the School of Arts and Sciences who intends to major in Biological Basis of Behavior and minor in Chemistry and Philosophy. She was born in North Carolina and raised in Connecticut. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school. Outside of academics, Amanda plays in the Penn Symphony Orchestra and likes to dance and travel.
Desmond Johnson
Desmond is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences who intends to major in Cognitive Science and minor in German and Computer Science. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and wants to travel the world after graduation before eventually going back to school. In his free time. Desmond likes to run, watch movies and explore the outdoors.
Kara Dang
Kara is a rising senior in the School of Arts and Sciences who intends to major in Cognitive Science and minor in Computer Science. She was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia. At Penn, she enjoys her role as a teaching assistant and her involvement in the APIDA community. In her free time, Kara likes to get out and explore the Philadelphia food scene and catch up on her favorite TV shows.
Ivy Tse
Ivy is a junior studying Cognitive Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. She is deeply inspired by her mentors, and appreciates the opportunities they have given her. Looking forward, she wants to work towards youth empowerment and promoting holistic wellbeing in young people. In her free time, Ivy enjoys hiking and spending time in the sun.
Ahsen Kayani
Ahsen is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences who majors in Biology. He was born and raised in the Midwest. He plans to pursue a career in medicine after graduation. In his free time, Ahsen enjoys cooking, reading, and playing soccer.

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