- In the Cornell Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, we study the relationship between biological and experiential constraints on cognitive behavior. The focus of our research is on the learning and processing of complex sequential structure, in particular as related to language. Being able to pay attention to sequentially presented information is important to many aspects of cognition. In our work, we study several aspects of sequential learning and processing, ranging from statistical learning of sequential information to the processing of complex recursive sentence constructions. Specifically, we're interested in what innate biases in sequential learning and processing may reveal about constraints on language acquisition and processing, and vice versa. We use a combination of cognitive and psycholinguistic experimentation, neurophysiological measures, and connectionist (neural network) modeling in our research.