Olga Vasileva

Graduate student

I am broadly interested in the evolution of language, communication and social cognition in humans and primates. I use my background in linguistics and psychology to understand how evolution has shaped human cognitive and linguistic abilities. My current PhD work is focusing on the evolutionary implications of early communicative development, specifically looking at the developmental trajectories of infants’ early communication and how they correspond to the time course of brain lateralization. I am also developing a graduate-level course on the evolution of human cognition and language.