Giovanna Morini

I’m a postdoctoral researcher in the Child's Play Learning & Development Lab at the University of Delaware, as well as at the Auditory Physiology & Psychoacoustics Lab, which is part of the Center for Pediatric Auditory & Speech Sciences (CPASS) at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

My areas of research include:

  • Language acquisition
  • Bilingualism
  • Speech processing
  • Pediatric hearing loss
  • Cognitive development

Some major questions that my research explores are: how young children and adults process variations in speech (e.g., different talkers, different dialects, different listening conditions, different sentence contexts); whether language experience (e.g., learning one versus two languages) plays a role in the development of cognitive skills or strategies associated with linguistics tasks such as word learning and word comprehension; how speech processing abilities develop in children who are born deaf or hard-of-hearing.

I earned my Ph.D. in Hearing & Speech Sciences and a Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland, where I worked at the Language Development & Perception Lab.