Sara Sanchez-Alonso, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate at Haskins Laboratories
Language Learning and Multisensory Brain (LLAMB) Lab
|PhD||Yale University, 2018|
|MA||Yale University, 2014|
My overarching research focus is on human language. I am particularly interested in early childhood, an important period to establish foundational language skills, which are crucial for later language and educational achievements. Most language delays and disorders emerge during the first years of life and are diagnosed only in the absence of expected behavioral milestones. Although behavioral milestones in language acquisition have been extensively characterized, it is virtually unknown how language-related neural systems develop over time and how they may contribute to early diagnosis of developmental disorders.
My research addresses this gap by investigating language-related neural and behavioral variation using complementary multi-modal neuroimaging techniques. Specifically, my work combines functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) –a more practical method for pediatric studies than fMRI– to map developmental neurobehavioral variation. The goal of my research is to inform typical and atypical development and advance paradigms for cross-age (infant-to-child) comparisons of language acquisition. Furthermore, my research aims to inform neural markers of language delays that can provide early detection and clinical intervention during key windows of neuroplasticity.
Sanchez-Alonso, S, Aslin, R.N. (2020). Towards Predictive Modeling of Neurodevelopmental State and Trait Variation. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Special Issue in Cutting-Edge Approaches to Developmental Neuroscience.
Sanchez-Alonso, S., Rosenberg, M.D., Aslin R.N. (Revise and Resubmit). Functional Connectivity Patterns Predict Naturalistic Viewing versus Rest Across Development. NeuroImage, Special Issue in Naturalistic Imaging.
Sanchez-Alonso, S., Deo, A., Pinango, M. (2016). Copular Distinction and Constrained Variability in Copular Use in Iberian and Mexican Spanish. U. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 23.1.