My research focuses on the cognitive and neural bases of social processing, with the goal of understanding how brains encode social information and use it in behaviors like vocal communication. I received my PhD in 2021 in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. My PhD research examined how songbirds and parrots listen to sequences of sounds and the acoustic features of individual elements using both behavioral and neurophysiological techniques. This work highlighted intriguing differences between how birds and humans perceive vocal communication signals. I believe that comparative work with animal models can help us understand deeply fascinating questions about the evolution and neurobiological foundations of human language and cognition.