Elika Bergelson

Elika Bergelson

Crandall Family Assistant Professor

External Address: 
210 Soc-Psych Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90086, Durham, NC 27708
Office Hours: 
By appointment.


Dr. Bergelson is accepts PhD applicants through the Developmental and Cog/CogNeuro areas of P&N and the CNAP program.

In my research, I try to understand the interplay of processes during language acquisition.
In particular, I am interested in how word learning relates to other aspects of learning language (e.g. speech sound acquisition, grammar/morphology learning), and social/cognitive development more broadly (e.g. joint attention processes) in the first few years of life.

I pursue these questions using three main approaches: in-lab measures of early comprehension and production (eye-tracking, looking-time, and in EEG studies in collaboration with the Woldorff lab), and at-home measures of infants' linguistic and social environment (as in the SEEDLingS project).

More recently the lab is branching out to look at a wider range of human populations and at infants who are blind or deaf/heard of hearing. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 2013

Bergelson, Elika, et al. “What Do North American Babies Hear? A large-scale cross-corpus analysis.Developmental Science, vol. 22, no. 1, Jan. 2019, p. e12724. Epmc, doi:10.1111/desc.12724. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika, and Daniel Swingley. “Young Infants' Word Comprehension Given An Unfamiliar Talker or Altered Pronunciations.Child Development, vol. 89, no. 5, Sept. 2018, pp. 1567–76. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.12888. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika, and Richard N. Aslin. “Nature and origins of the lexicon in 6-mo-olds.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 114, no. 49, Dec. 2017, pp. 12916–21. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1712966114. Full Text Open Access Copy

Frank, Michael C., et al. “A Collaborative Approach to Infant Research: Promoting Reproducibility, Best Practices, and Theory-Building.Infancy : The Official Journal of the International Society on Infant Studies, vol. 22, no. 4, July 2017, pp. 421–35. Epmc, doi:10.1111/infa.12182. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika, and Richard Aslin. “Semantic Specificity in One-Year-Olds' Word Comprehension.Language Learning and Development : The Official Journal of the Society for Language Development, vol. 13, no. 4, Jan. 2017, pp. 481–501. Epmc, doi:10.1080/15475441.2017.1324308. Full Text Open Access Copy

VanDam, Mark, et al. “HomeBank: An Online Repository of Daylong Child-Centered Audio Recordings.Seminars in Speech and Language, vol. 37, no. 2, May 2016, pp. 128–42. Epmc, doi:10.1055/s-0036-1580745. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika, and Daniel Swingley. “Early Word Comprehension in Infants: Replication and Extension.Language Learning and Development : The Official Journal of the Society for Language Development, vol. 11, no. 4, Jan. 2015, pp. 369–80. Epmc, doi:10.1080/15475441.2014.979387. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika, and Daniel Swingley. “The acquisition of abstract words by young infants.Cognition, vol. 127, no. 3, June 2013, pp. 391–97. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2013.02.011. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika, et al. “Differences in mismatch responses to vowels and musical intervals: MEG evidence.Plos One, vol. 8, no. 10, Jan. 2013, p. e76758. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076758. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika, and Daniel Swingley. “Young toddlers' word comprehension is flexible and efficient.Plos One, vol. 8, no. 8, Jan. 2013, p. e73359. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073359. Full Text Open Access Copy


Metze, F., et al. “Virtual machines and containers as a platform for experimentation.” Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Interspeech, vol. 08-12-September-2016, 2016, pp. 1603–07. Scopus, doi:10.21437/Interspeech.2016-997. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika. “Workshop on Corpus Collection, (Semi)-Automated Analysis, and Modeling of Large-Scale Naturalistic Language Acquisition Data.Cogsci, edited by Anna Papafragou et al., cognitivesciencesociety.org, 2016.

Bergelson, Elika, and Daniel Swingley. “Social and Environmental Contributors to Infant Word Learning.Cogsci, edited by Markus Knauff et al., cognitivesciencesociety.org, 2013. Open Access Copy

Bergelson, Elika, and William J. Idsardi. “Structural Biases in Phonology: Infant and Adult Evidence from Artificial Language Learning.” Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Vols 1 and 2, edited by J. Chandlee et al., CASCADILLA PRESS, 2009, pp. 85-+.