Ana Fló

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SISSA/ISAS - International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy
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I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but I grew up between Argentina and Uruguay. When I finished high school I decided to study Chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires, but I knew that what I actually wanted to do was cognitive neuroscience. As undergraduate student, I worked for almost an year on motor control with Valeria della Maggiore, at Facultad de Medicina, UBA, and once I got my degree by the end of 2010 (and after many doubts!) I decided to come to Trieste, Italy, for a short intership. When I was here I got to know Jacques Mehler and Marina Nespor, and here I am now in my second PhD year, working on Language adquisition and development. 

We try to understand which mechanism (domain general and domain specific) can infants use to learn language, and I am particulary focused on speech segmentation. I am interested in both which perceptual biases could help to language adqusition, and on how our language shapes our perception. I mainly work with newborns using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS), and with young infants in behavioural studies.
I am also interested on applying these knowledge for designing teaching strategies. Now we are running some adult's experiments to see if a training focus on prosodic cues can help to adquire the word order of a new language.

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