Dr. Saloni Krishnan, Lab Director
I am a lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, and I lead the N-CoDe Lab. My research focuses on how language is represented in the brain, and how this might be different in those with speech and language disorders.
I initially qualified as a speech and language therapist in India, and practised as a clinician in both India and Dubai. I completed my PhD at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. After my PhD, I held postdoctoral positions at UCL and Oxford. While at Oxford, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College and a stipendiary lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall.
Outside of work, I’m watching language development in the wild, by seeing my young daughter grow up. I also love cocktails, travelling (although this is now tempered by environmental concerns), and cake.
Graduate Research Assistants
My current research interests are understanding reading development across different ages and what factors impact reading and language learning using both behavioural and neuroimaging techniques. I have recently completed a Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Aston University, where I investigated automatic word recognition in literate adults using EEG. At Royal Holloway, I am working in the LARA lab and N-CoDe lab, investigating vocabulary development and reading in children. Outside of work I enjoy a good book, a good film, a wonder around a city finishing with a cup of tea or a cocktail.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
I’m currently studying Psychology in my second year at Royal Holloway University, my main interests lie within Neuroscience and how the brain develops and adapts at a neurological level. The unique ways in which communication is adapted and individuals tailor their use of language fascinates me, and I am interested in developmental research regarding differences in language acquisition and engagement. Outside of studying I enjoy art and illustration, and I’m never far away from my sketchbook and a cup of tea.
As a second year Psychology BSc student, I have a wide range of interests in the field. These include social, abnormal, and cognitive psychology. I am, however, particularly fascinated by language: its acquisition, use as a social and pragmatic tool, and development over the lifespan. Growing up in a bilingual household, I have always been interested by how language learning and use comes very easily to some and is incredibly challenging for others. I also find the evolution of regional accents and dialects very intriguing, I have very much enjoyed hearing the huge range of these on campus!
In my spare time, I am a full-time shutterbug – I love to explore London with my trusty camera and share my discoveries online!