I am currently leading the group Language Evolution and Adaptation in Diverse Situations (LEADS). I am also a part-time Lecturer in Social Interaction at the Centre for Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (cSCAN) at the University of Glasgow.
Why are there so many different languages in the world?
How did this astonishing linguistic diversity come about?
And what are the social, environmental and cognitive pressures that shape the evolution of language in our species?
These are fascinating questions that represent the topics of my research so far.
My work focuses on linking core aspects of cultural evolution, language learning, and cross-linguistic diversity using a range of novel behavioral paradigms and computational models, including group communication experiments, language emergence simulations with AI agents, virtual reality, animal communication research, and more.
My goal is to shed light on the communicative pressures and cognitive constraints that shape social interaction and language use in our species and in other animals/agents, and to identify the social, environmental, and cross-cultural factors that lead to language diversity and cross-linguistic variation.
I am also interested in animal cognition, child development, human history, space, physics, and philosophy of science, as well as promoting more gender equality in the STEM and more transparency in data visualization, data analysis, and open science.
For my full list of publications, CV, media links, information about me, etc., please visit my personal website: https://www.limorravivevolang.com/