Dawoon (Sheri) Choi

Dawoon (Sheri) Choi

postdoctoral associate

Yale University

I am a developmental cognitive neuroscientist interested in how infants acquire languages, learn, and remember.

How do human infants learn their native language and become fluent users within a few short years? Why is it that learning that occurs during infancy exerts lifelong influences, yet, adults have very little or no memories from early childhood. I study the perceptual and neural foundations of these core cognitive abilities in infants, and how experience shapes these systems during early development.

I am currently a postdoctoral associate in the Turk-Browne lab at Yale. Prior to this, I was a graduate student at the Infant Studies Center at UBC.


  • Language acquisition
  • Learning and memory
  • EEG, MEG, fMRI


  • Ph.D. in Psychology & Quantitative Methods, 2020

    University of British Columbia

  • M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2015

    CiMeC (Center for Mind and Brain), University of Trento

  • B.A.Sc. combined honours Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, 2013

    McMaster University


Neural indicators of articulator-specific sensorimotor influences on infant speech perception

While there is increasing acceptance that even young infants detect correspondences between heard and seen speech, the common view is …

Preverbal Infants Discover Statistical Word Patterns at Similar Rates as Adults: Evidence From Neural Entrainment

The discovery of words in continuous speech is one of the first challenges faced by infants during language acquisition. This process …

Sensorimotor influences on speech perception in pre-babbling infants: Replication and extension of Bruderer et al. (2015)

The relationship between speech perception and production is central to understanding language processing, yet remains under debate, …