Photo of Alba Tunietti
ICS Associate Director • ICS Executive Committee Ex Officio • Academic Program Director
Institute of Cognitive Science

Office: Muenzinger D422

Research Overview: Dr. Tuninetti is a psycholinguist/neurolinguist whose research focuses on second language learning (L2) and multilingual speech perception. She is particularly interested in how existing (first language) acoustic and phonetic representations shape further language learning. She uses both behavioral and EEG/ERP methods in her research to study language acquisition. Other areas of interest are word learning, bilingualism, executive functions, and variability in the speech stream. Dr. Tuninetti has extensive international project management and research experience having managed research projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Ankara, Turkey.

Prior to joining ICS, Dr. Tuninetti served as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey). And before that, she was at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, & Development at Western Sydney University (Sydney, Australia) and was a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.

She completed her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) and completed a certificate in Neuroscience from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (Pittsburgh, PA, USA).