Dominika Slusna

I was born in Žiar nad Hronom, Slovakia and decided to move to Spain after completing high school to pursue a BA in Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Granada with a specialization in Italian and Arabic. During my BA, I was able to form myself mainly in modern languages but also had the opportunity to peer into linguistics, although primarily restricted to second language acquisition. I gradually became interested in language from a cognitive perspective and decided to delimit my field of academic interest to this domain. To pursue this, I moved to Barcelona to begin an MA degree in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Pompeu Fabra University. During this program, I was immediately intrigued by language alterations under clinical conditions. In my MA thesis, under the tutelage of Dr. Wolfram Hinzen, I started to explore the question of how language is connected to the mind by examining a unique population of language-less children, mainly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Currently, I am conducting doctoral research on nonverbal communication and cognition in children and adults with nonverbal or minimally verbal autism. In particular, I am interested in the relation of gesture and conceptual knowledge to language. In the next few years, I would like to become specialized in neuroimaging for research purposes.


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