Welcome

The Emergence of Communication Lab is a research lab at the University of California, Merced directed by Anne S. Warlaumont, an Assistant Professor of Cognitive and Information Sciences.

Our research asks two main questions: (1) How do speech vocalizations and other communicative signals emerge in typical and atypical early human development? and (2) How might human vocal signals have evolved?

Methodologically, we rely primarily on computational modeling and naturalistic recording of human infant behavior.

The lab is currently accepting applications from Ph.D. students interested in any of these topics and approaches! Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the lab or the program.

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Clockwise from top left: Evelyn Alvarez, Gina Pretzer, Megan Finnegan, Tim Shea, Drew Abney, Alan Ardalan, Paola Flores, La Triece Crawford, and Cecilia Valdovinos.