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.
Lucy Guida
Lucy is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences who intends to major in Psychology with a minor in either Spanish or Italian. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and would like to explore somewhere new for a time after she graduates and before attempting to enter a graduate program. In her spare time she likes to run, sing with her singing group (the Penn Sirens), read novels, and slack-line.
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.
Devi Majeske
Devi (C'19) is a Psychology major and French minor from Philly. She is a cast member of Bloomers, Penn's all female sketch and musical comedy troupe. In her spare time she enjoys writing music, ice skating, and biking.
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.
Talia Liu
Talia is a rising senior at Rice University in Houston, Texas where she majors in Cognitive Sciences. She was born in China but was raised and still lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. She loves working with babies and children and hopes to eventually pursue a graduate degree in psychology or a related field. In her free time, Talia likes to play her instruments (mainly piano and oboe), and eat pizza, soup noodles, and dumplings.

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