Psycholinguistics researcher & Spanish instructor at U. Illinois - Chicago

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This is my website where I'll share my CV, bio, and maybe an interesting thought or two!

About Me

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In a few words:

Here's a mini-academic bio that I wrote back in 2014 that applies just as much today:


I was born in Mexico but moved to Texas as a child. My background in a bilingual household first inspired me to study linguistics. Today I am interested in how new experimental methods such as fMRI, EEG, MEG, and mass online questionnaires allow us to test linguistic theories from the 20th century like never before, and how these can be applied to the field of second language acquisition. The way I see it, an individual language teacher may teach somebody how to fish, but a psycholinguist could one day help "teach somebody how to teach somebody how to fish." In this way, I want to help give others access to the same opportunities I had as a speaker of the lingua franca in a linguistically unequal world.

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Where I am now

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Here at UIC I get to:


1. ... run EEG experiments in a lab just down the hall.


2. ... teach second language learners and heritage speakers of Spanish.


3. ... enjoy life in a bustling city like Chicago.


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David Abugaber's website

606 South Morgan Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608, United States