Congratulations, Munna!

  • 11/27/2018
Former Bergelson Lab/Seedlings staff member Sharath (Munna) Koorathota is starting an MS in computer science at Columbia, specializing in AI and Machine Learning. Congrats, Munna!

4 BLAB members received travel awards for BUCLD

  • 10/22/2018
Dr. Federica Bulgarelli and Shannon Dailey received the Paula Menyuk Travel Award, Shannon received the Society for Language Development student award, and undergraduate RAs Sarah Yang and Katya Khlystova received departmental travel awards!

BLAB presentations at BUCLD

  • 10/22/2018
Look out for the BLAB at BUCLD 2018! 9 BLAB members will be in attendance, Dr. Federica Bulgarelli and Shannon Dailey will be giving talks, and Dr. Elika Bergelson will be presenting a poster.

BLAB welcomes two post-docs and a new lab tech

  • 8/22/2018
Dr. Federica Bulgarelli and Dr. Stephan Meylan are joining the BLAB as post-doctoral researchers this fall. The BLAB also welcomes Gladys Baudet, who will work as our lab technician.

BLAB at BUCLD 2018

  • 7/28/2018
BLAB members will be presenting two talks and a poster at BUCLD 2018 this November.

Dr. Bergelson Named Crandall Family Assistant Professor

  • 4/22/2018
Dr. Bergelson has been named the first Crandall Family Assistant Professor by Duke’s Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Duke Bass Connections’ Education and Human Development Theme. Congratulations, Dr. Bergelson!

Grant to study early language acquisition with sensory impairment

  • 4/9/2018
Dr. Bergelson, along with Dr. Dan King (Duke Audiology) and Dr. Sharon Freedman (Duke Ophthalmology & Pediatrics), has been awarded a pilot grant by Duke’s ABC-Thrive for their project “Early Language Acquisition with Sensory Impairment."

New graduate student Erin Campbell

  • 3/28/2018
The BLAB is excited to announce that Erin Campbell will be joining us as a PhD student in the fall of 2018. Welcome, Erin!

Lab Technician Andrei Amatuni starting PhD at IU

  • 3/28/2018
BLAB technician extraordinaire Andrei Amatuni will be leaving us to begin his PhD in Cognitive Science at Indiana University this fall. Congrats, Andrei! We'll miss you!

Cognitive, Auditory, and Neural Bases of Language & Speech Research Group

  • 2/21/18
The CANBLS research group, co-convened by PI Elika Bergelson and colleagues, brings together researchers with varying approaches to studying language and speech. Members of the BLAB attend monthly meetings to share and discuss research that further explores the cognitive, auditory, and neural bases of language and speech.

Speech Diarization Challenge

  • 2/16/18
The BLAB has contributed to the First DIHARD Speech Diarization Challenge. Preliminary results will be presented in late 2018.

P&N Person of the Week

  • 2/12/17
BLAB member Andrei Amatuni was featured on the Duke Psychology and Neuroscience website as Person of the Week! Check out the P&N News Feed to read about Andrei's work and interests.

Language Acquisition Group

  • 9/29/17
Members of the BLAB are engaging in collaborative meetings with our colleagues at UNC. Meetings provide faculty and graduate students a space to share ideas and discuss work relevant to the topic of language acquisition. Sign up here to receive emails about future meetings.

Paper published

  • 8/30/17
Graduate student Shannon Dailey recently had a paper on her undergraduate work on mindfulness meditation published in the journal Mindfulness.

BUCLD Travel Awards

  • 8/17/17
Graduate students Shannon Dailey and Charlotte Moore both won a Paula Menyuk Travel Award for BUCLD 2017. Congrats, Charlotte and Shannon!

See you later, Catherine!

  • 7/14/17
Today, the BLAB said "See you later" to our wonderful postdoc, Catherine Laing. We wish you all the best, and know you'll do great things at Cardiff!

Congrats, VIPs!

  • 7/13/17
Congratulations to our VIP students this summer, Estelle He and Reena Jasani, for doing a great job on their talks and poster presentations!


  • 7/11/17
BLAB members will be presenting two talks and three posters at BUCLD 2017 this November.


  • 6/22/17
Look out for the BLAB at CDS 2017, with pre-conference and conference talks by Dr. Bergelson!

Paper Accepted

  • 5/8/17
Congratulations to our postdoc, Catherine Laing, who recently had a paper accepted to the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology! Coming soon: "A perceptual advantage for onomatopoeia in early word learning: Evidence from eye-tracking."

Grant award

  • 5/8/17
Congratulations to our graduate student, Charlotte Moore, who was recently awarded an SSHRC Doctoral fellowship!

First Year Festival

  • 4/28/17
Congratulations to our graduate student, Charlotte Moore, who finished up a great first year at Duke with her successful presentation at the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience's first year festival!

Paper accepted

  • 4/17/17
Dr. Bergelson just had a paper accepted to Language Learning and Development: Semantic Specificity in One-Year-Olds’ Word Comprehension, Bergelson & Aslin, 2017.

Lab manager staying at Duke

  • 4/15/17
Lab manager Shannon Dailey will be staying in the BLAB next year as a graduate student! She will continue working with Dr. Bergelson as she begins her PhD here at Duke this fall.

BLAB at CogSci

  • 4/10/17
The BLAB has a 100% acceptance rate to CogSci! Lab technician Andrei Amatuni and postdoc Catherine Laing were both accepted to the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in London this July.


  • 4/7/17
Lab manager Shannon Dailey gave a talk titled "Semantic Relatedness Effects in Early Word Learning" at the Society of Research in Cognitive Development's 2017 meeting in Austin, TX.

Digging Into Data Grant

  • 3/29/17
PI Dr. Elika Bergelson is a grant pient of Trans-Atlantic Platform's Digging Into Data Challenge Grant for the Analyzing Child Language Experiences around the World (ACLEW) project. ACLEW will be studying child language development across cultures.

BLAB at Interspeech

  • 3/22/17
The BLAB will be featured in two Special Sessions at Interspeech 2017 in Stockholm this August. The sessions focus on data collection and annotation issues in child language acquisition research, and on a Computational Paralinguistics ChallengE (ComParE).

Postdoc going to Cardiff Univ

  • 3/22/17
Our postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Catherine Laing, has been appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Communication at Cardiff University in Wales. Beginning this summer, she will research and teach in the areas of child language acquisition and phonetics and phonology. Congratulations, Dr. Laing!

ManyBabies project

  • 3/9/17
PI Dr. Elika Bergelson is part of a consortium promoting best practices in infancy research, called ManyBabies. Their paper "A Collaborative Approach to Infant Research: Promoting Reproducibility, Best Practices, and Theory-Building" was recently published in Infancy.


  • 12/8/16
Lab manager Shannon Dailey will give a talk titled "Semantic Relatedness Effects in Early Word Learning" at Society of Research in Cognitive Development's 2017 meeting in Austin, TX.

Why "Baby Talk" is good for your baby

  • 11/10/2016
Postdoc Dr. Catherine Laing wrote an article for the Conversation USA: "Here's why 'baby talk' is good for your baby."

Lab members at BUCLD

  • 11/1/16
Look out for lab alum Tessa Eagle's honors thesis (poster) and postdoc Dr. Catherine Laing's PhD research (talk) at BUCLD 2016!

Charlotte's paper published

  • 10/19/16
Graduate student Charlotte Moore recently had a paper published based on research she did during her Master's degree.

CogSci workshop

  • 8/9/2016
PI Dr. Elika Bergelson organized a workshop on naturalistic language acquisition data at CogSci 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.

Bergelson Lab moves to Duke

  • 8/1/16
The Bergelson Lab has officially moved to Duke. Debate about when to start trying to say 'y'all' ensues.

SEEDLingS data collection complete!

  • 7/25/2016
After nearly two years, SEEDLingS longitudinal data collection is complete. Not a single home or in-lab visit was missed!


Upcoming lab events

  • November 2-4, 2018: BLAB at BUCLD.

Recent lab events

  • August 20-24, 2017: PI Elika Bergelson discussed data collection, transcription, and annotation issues in child language acquisition settings with colleagues at Interspeech in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • July 26-29, 2017: Lab technician Andrei Amatuni and postdoc Catherine Laing will be presenting at CogSci.
  • May 1, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. UNC professor Katya Pertsova presented recent findings from a morphology learning study, and UNC graduate student Xue He presented her Master's thesis.
  • April 7, 2017: BLAB manager Shannon Dailey gave a talk at SRCD, "Semantic Relatedness Effects in Early Word Comprehension."
  • March 27, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. BLAB graduate student Charlotte Moore discussed a new eye-tracking study being developed.
  • February 27, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. UNC professor Misha Becker presented on her recent work on Cherokee language revitalization.
  • January 30, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. BLAB members Catherine Laing, Andrei Amatuni, and Shannon Dailey presented summaries of their current research projects.
  • January 19, 2017: BLAB members Andrei Amatuni and Shannon Dailey presented a poster "Early Lexical Development: The Roles of Semantic Similarity and Home Environment" at the Duke Research Computing Symposium.
  • December 8, 2016: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. UNC professor Katya Pertsova discussed an in-progress study about morphology learning in a miniature made-up language.
  • December 6, 2016: PI Elika Bergelson presented a poster "Effects of Home Environment & Semantic Structure on Early Lexical Development" at the NIH High-Risk High-Reward Research Symposium.
  • November 11, 2016: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. BUCLD attendees recapped the conference and discussed the highlights.
  • November 3-6, 2016: BLAB attended the Boston University Conference on Language Development.
  • November 5, 2016: Postdoc Catherine Laing presented a talk at BUCLD, "'What does the cow say?' An analysis of onomatopoeia in early interactions."
  • October 14-16, 2016: Lab retreat
  • October 14, 2016: First Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. Discussion of theories of language acquisition: usage-based vs. universal grammar accounts.