Brittany Kaplan (Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, Advisor) is a first year PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program student.
Brittany earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania - Dahan Lab and Chambless Lab. In Dahan Lab, she helped the team to develop a logistical system to define hedging phrases in cooperative problem-solving tasks and coded recording interactions for examples of hedging behaviors.
In Chambless Lab, Kaplan investigated fear, tension, and sadness responses in spousal interactions of anxiety patients and between demographic comparisons of patients. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, she also served on the Board of Penn-In-Hand, the University's sign language and deaf studies organization.
Kaplan interned and worked at the Early Childhood Center at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, working with a range of classes including an early intervention play group, pre-school, and kindergarten.
Brittany's research interests include the study of language acquisition and deprivation, particularly in the deaf community. She anticipates a career as an academic researcher and is being trained under the guidance of Dr. Petitto in Petitto's Brain and Language Lab for Neuroimaging (BL2).