Tamar Degani

Former Graduate Student
Faculty Member
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Haifa

Email: tdegani AT research DOT haifa DOT ac DOT il

Like other Plum lab members, I am fascinated by the complex cognitive system of bilingual speakers and by the challenges faced by second language learners. I am particularly interested in how one’s second language affects the processing of the first language, and the reverse, and the global cognitive and linguistic effects of knowing different languages and different writing systems. For instance, how multilingualism affects eye movements during reading and language learning. I am also interested in how bilinguals negotiate the activation of their two languages, especially after brief exposure to one of these languages. I have used word-level ambiguity (translation-ambiguity; cross-language ambiguity) to examine these issues from different angles and with different measures (rating, RT, eye-tracking, and ERPs).

I am a faculty member at the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Haifa in Israel. In my previous position I was a research fellow at the Institute of Information Processing & Decision Making and Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa. I completed my graduate studies in the Department of Psychology and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. I was fortunate to be one of the first graduates of the Plum lab.