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Research Team

Principal Investigator


Myrto Grigoroglou is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Toronto. Myrto completed her doctoral work in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware. She received postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE. Before these, Myrto did undergraduate studies in Communication and Linguistics at the University of Athens, Greece and postgraduate studies in Communication in Université Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle, France. Myrto is broadly interested in the study of meaning; how it is acquired in development, how it is achieved in conversation and how it interacts with non-linguistic cognition.

Dr. Myrto Grigoroglou

Graduate Students 

Christiana Moser is a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.  Her background is primarily in syntax, she did her MA on the argument structure of Icelandic figure reflexives with Dr. Martha McGinnis at the University of Victoria. Christiana is interested in how the systems of morphology, syntax, and semantics work together to express the meanings that are possible in human language, especially when describing complex events where entities play more than one grammatical role. In her spare time, Christiana loves hiking, cycling, sleeping, and needle-felting. 

Christiana Moser


Claudia Raihert is a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Toronto. She is interested in creative and figurative language use, more specifically metaphor and its cognitive underpinnings, in both typical and ASD populations. During her MSc by Research at the University of Edinburgh, Claudia explored using semantic networks to model metaphor comprehension, and is now interested in conducting experimental research on this topic. Prior to that, she completed a BA in French Literature and Linguistics at McGill University. In her spare time, Claudia likes to compose music, write poetry, advocate for climate change, and she is notoriously bad at finishing a book. 

Claudia Raihert

Undergraduate Students 

Shenwei (Shen) Hu  is currently a fourth year student at the University of Toronto studying Biology and Psychology. Her research interests span from empathy and morality in social psychology to human development and conversation. Outside school, Shen engages in creative pursuits such as fine arts and graphic design, as well as songwriting and theatre.

Shenwei Hu


Amina is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto with a Major in Cognitive Science and a minor in Computer Science and Psychology. She is interested in a wide range of human cognition subjects and the understanding of how computers have helped psychologists model and investigate human cognitive and social processes. In her spare time, Amina can be found gorging on books, watching anime, and exploring new coffee places in Toronto.​​

Amina Shmanova

Bianca Yuen is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto studying Psychology and Linguistics. Her research interest lies in understanding how language, both verbal and non-verbal, is acquired and used in everyday communication, as well as how it differs in atypical and typical development. Outside of the lab, Bianca enjoys baking and reading. A fun fact about Bianca is that she is an aunt of two very cute nieces!

Bianca Yuen

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Rio is currently a third year student at the University of Toronto majoring in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. His research interests span various topics ranging from understanding how human cognition is understood through artificial intelligence, to researching how irony is developed in children at different ages. Outside of school, Rio has been play the blues on his electric guitar for 8 years, and regularly takes parts in street dance battles.

Tony (Juntao) Hu is a third year student at the University of Toronto specializing in Linguistics with a major in Computer Science. He is interested in (second) language acquisition and is aiming to pursue a research career in language pedagogy. In addition to everything linguistics, he enjoys skating, cycling, playing board games, and cooking. Nothing wins his heart more than a hearty bowl of stew!

Tony Hu

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