We are delighted to have Dr. Haykaz Mangardich joining our team here at the Infant Studies Centre!
Haykaz received his PhD at Queen’s University, where he held a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Graduate Scholarship. His research studied the nature of word representations in children’s word learning, focusing on how children use social information provided by speakers to rapidly learn new words.
Now at the UBC Infant Studies Centre, Haykaz holds a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In this new position, Haykaz is conducting research investigating infant’s ability to learn new words by tracking their reaction to unfamiliar objects, as well as exploring a new technique to record infant brain activity – Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). Haykaz is also a Next-Generation Scholar, contributing to Dr. Werker’s SSHRC Partnership Grant “Ensuring Full Literacy in a Multicultural and Digital World”.