Sarah Hye-yeon LEE (이혜연)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Language & Cognition Lab, University of Pennsylvania




I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Language & Cognition Lab (PI: Anna Papafragou) in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, where I am also a Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow in the Data Driven Discovery Initiative in the School of Arts and Sciences.

I am a cognitive scientist studying the relationship between language and cognition. I am interested in (a) the cognitive mechanisms that support the mapping between language and conceptual representations during language processing (comprehension and production) and (b) the abstract representations that are shared (or not!) between language and cognition. My research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding this relationship, bringing together theories from (psycho-)linguistics and cognition, and combining studies of real-time language processing, cross-linguistic investigations, and child and adult language learning. 

I received my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California, where I was advised by Elsi Kaiser. My dissertation research Processing the Dynamicity of Events in Language investigated how comprehenders' mental representations of events are dynamically updated during online language processing. This dissertation project was generously supported by the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant in Linguistics. [link to Award Abstract]

Before USC, I received my B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.