Kaja Jasinska is a PhD Candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Toronto in the Department of Psychology and the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience

She is also a Research Intern with the United States National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center Visual Language and Visual Learning Center (VL2) and Professor Laura-Ann Petitto’s Brain and Language Laboratory (BL2) at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Kaja is fundamentally interested in the neural mechanisms that support language (monolingual or bilingual, signed or spoken), reading and cognitive development across the lifespan.  Her research asks questions such as how does early life language experience change the brain’s capacity for language learning?  With her Graduate Advisor, Professor Laura-Ann Petitto, they use revolutionary new neuroimaging technology (fNIRS) in combination with genetic and behavioural analyses to gain new insights into the biological underpinnings of language and reading.

Kaja’s research also develops novel data analysis approaches to functional neuroimaging data.  Her work uses combinations of multivariate statistics and modeling to quantify developmental changes among interacting brain systems that give rise to language and higher cognitive functions.


Kaja with Prof. Laura-Ann Petitto