Laura Morett, Ph.D.
Dr. Morett is an Assistant Professor of Educational Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Alabama. She completed her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (go slugs!) and postdoctoral fellowships at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh and child psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Morett uses research approaches from cognitive neuroscience, educational psychology, and developmental science to investigate how the neurobiological organization of language develops and how it contributes to learning, with a particular focus on gesture and its relationship to speech.
Outside of the lab, Dr. Morett enjoys cooking and eating, hiking and cycling, traveling, attending musicals, and spending quality time with her two rescued cats, Licorice and Marshmallow.
N.E.R.D. Lab Members
Nathaniel Shannon, B.A.
Nate is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Educational Neuroscience concentration of the Educational Psychology program. His work currently focuses on bilingual encoding and retrieval. Specifically, he is investigating the language switching costs that arise when the language of learning may not match the language of retrieval, and vice versa.
Position in Lab
This could be you! If you're interested in becoming a N.E.R.D. as a Ph.D. student in educational neuroscience at UA, an undergraduate student at UA, or an undergraduate summer intern from outside UA, contact Dr. Morett to discuss ongoing projects and research opportunities in the N.E.R.D. lab. We look forward to hearing from you!
N.E.R.D. Lab Mascots
Licorice and Marshmallow
Licorice and Marshmallow investigate the neural bases of affect and prosody in speech, with a particular focus on their utility as predictors of positive and negative reinforcement. Their research shows that these paralinguistic cues are reliable predictors of reinforcement type, and they are currently using this data to construct a Bayesian model of reward prediction.
When not conducting research, Licorice and Marshmallow enjoy napping, snuggling, being petted, chasing insects and birds, and playing together.