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Kaja Jasinska

Haskins Laboratories
300 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Haskins Phone: (203) 865-6163, ext. 315
Yale Phone: (203) 764-9353
Haskins Fax: (203) 865-8963 jasinska@haskins.yale.edu
Regular Days at Haskins: Monday - Friday


I am fundamentally interested in the neural mechanisms that support language (monolingual or bilingual, signed or spoken), reading and cognitive development across the lifespan, and how early life language experience can change the brain’s capacity for language and reading.  I use neuroimaging technology in combination with genetic and behavioral analyses to gain new insights into the biological underpinnings of language and reading. I am also interested in the development of novel data analysis approaches to functional neuroimaging data. For example, using combinations of multivariate statistics and modeling to quantify developmental changes among interacting brain systems that give rise to language and higher cognitive functions.


Publications and Conferences

Jasińska, K. & Petitto, L.A. (2013). How Age of Bilingual Exposure Can Change the Neural Systems for Language in the Developing Brain: A functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Investigation of Syntactic Processing in Monolingual and Bilingual Children.  Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 6, 87-101. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2013.06.005. Download the [PDF]

Petitto, L.A., Berens, M.S., Kovelman, I., Dubins, M.H., Jasińska, K., & Shalinsky, M. (2012) The “Perceptual Wedge” hypothesis as the basis for bilingual babies’ phonetic processing advantage: New insights from fNIRS brain imaging. Brain and Language. 121(2), 142-155. doi:0.1016/j.bandl.2011.05.003. Download the [PDF]

Jasińska, K. & Valenzuela, E. (Under Review). Constraints on Code-Switching in Early and Late Bilinguals: Inter- and Intra-Sentential Code-Switching from L1 to L2 and from L2 to L1.

Jasińska, K. & Petitto, L.A. (Submitted). Hemispheric Temporal Synchrony in the Bilingual Brain: Insights into Origins of Laterality.

Jasińska, K. & Petitto, L.A. (Submitted). Insights into the Neural Basis of Reading using Multilevel Linear Modeling of functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Neuroimaging Data: Novel Applications and Insights into Brain Function.

Jasińska, K. & Petitto, L.A. (Submitted). Development of Neural Systems for Reading in the Monolingual and Bilingual Brain: New Insights from functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Neuroimaging.

Jasińska, K. & Petitto, L.A. (2013, April). Age of Bilingual Exposure Predicts Distinct Contributions of Phonological and Semantic Knowledge to Successful Reading Development. Society for Research in Child Development conference. Seattle, WA.

Jasińska, K. & Petitto, L.A. (2012, October). Temporal Dynamics of Bilingual Language Processing as a New Lens into Human Brain Lateralization: an fNIRS study. Society for Neuroscience conference. New Orleans, LA.

Jasińska, K. & Petitto, L.A. (2011, November). Dual language exposure in infancy can change neural and language processing in the developing brain: an fNIRS investigation. Society for Neuroscience conference. Washington, DC.

Jasińska, K., Jowkar-Baniani, G., Ahmed, F., Forster, E., Bhasin-Laceman, S., Naimi, A, Petitto, L.A., and Dunbar, K.N. (2011, November). Simultaneous imaging of neural activations of women and men in real-time conversation using fNIRS. Society for Neuroscience conference. Washington, DC.