Job: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences
Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Dr. Zavaleta is a cognitive psychologist and psycholinguist. Her research expertise lies at the intersection of psychology and linguistics with a focus on bilingualism and second language acquisition (SLA). Specifically, she is interested in how an adult speaker learns and uses two or more languages.
When an individual uses a language, they rely on complicated cognitive processes to serve the ability to understand what someone is saying in the target language (the process of comprehension) and to be able to respond in the target language (the process of production). Dr. Zavaleta's research projects examine language learning aptitude and language use by measuring both of these processes in a variety of methods.
Institute for Psychological Science
Bilingualism and multilingualism, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), language production, speech errors, cognitive control, language switching, and individual differences.
Research methods and cognitive psychology
PhD and MA in Cognition and Neural Systems in Psychology; BA in Linguistics