Current Researchers

(Top Row) Gabor Brody, Roman Feiman, Yanwan Zhu, Annika McDermott-Hinman, JB Park
(Bottom Row) Caitlin Illingworth, Misha Oraa-Ali, Revyn Kim, Daniel Smits

Principal Investigator

Roman received his PhD in Psychology from Harvard University in 2015. He completed his postdoctoral work at Harvard and UC San Diego before coming to Brown. His work draws on a variety of approaches and methods from cognitive developmental psychology, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and formal semantics. Roman directs the Brown Language and Thought Lab.


Roman Feiman

Lab Manager

Heather received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is currently in a Computer Science Master’s program at BU in addition to the lab manager of the BLT Lab. Outside of the lab, she enjoys making 3d animations and learning languages.

Heather Yu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gabor’s research explores infants’ and children’s ability to keep track of the identity of objects, agents, and other entities. He defended his dissertation in 2020 at the Cognitive Development Center of Central European University. During his PhD, he also conducted research at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies and at RICO (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).


Gabor Brody

Graduate Students

Misha received their Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, where they studied Neuroscience and Behavior, and Graphic Narrative and Visual Storytelling. They are interested using experimental and computational approaches to understand core aspects of language and the ontogenetic origins of combinatorial thought. They are also interested in cross-cultural/linguistic studies to understand the logical primitives of thought and language acquisition. Outside of science, Misha likes to make art, host shows on college radio and cube.

Misha Oraa Ali


Aaron Traylor


Yanwan Zhu

Annika McDermott-Hinman

Undergraduate Students

Caitlin Illingworth

Caitlin Illingworth (’22) is a University of Bath Psychology student working as a student intern in the BLT lab. Originally from Sheffield, Caitlin is a Yorkshire lass through and through, unable to go a day without her mug of Yorkshire tea. After studying English Literature at school and attending her University’s developmental psychology modules, Caitlin developed an interest in language use, comprehension and acquisition. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys baking (sometimes competitively) and playing badminton (often over competitively).

Dan Smits

Dan (’21) studies Computer Science with a focus on the intersection of computation, cognition, and linguistics. He is interested in natural language processing in both humans and machines and hopes to develop linguistic AI in the future. He is involved in the Philosophy, Politics, & Economics Society, Sexual Assault Peer Education initiative, and Brown Swing Dancing Club.

Joungbihn (JB) Park
Naomi Lynch
Péter Mazalik
Revyn Kim