The PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program opened its doors to the first class of Ph.D. students in Fall 2013. The ground-breaking program is thrilled to recognize the students who have graduated and/or successfully defended their dissertation and are on the way to graduation.

Dr. Adam Stone

Alumnus, PEN

Dissertation: “Neural Systems for Infant Sensitivity to Rhythmic-Temporal Patterning"

Graduation: 2017

Current Position: Senior Analytics Engineer at Netlify

Dr. Stone (Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, Advisor) is the inaugural graduate of the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program.

Dr. Stone's study explored the neural mechanisms that make possible an infant’s ability to find salient phonetic-syllabic units in the incoming language stream. This ability allows the child to distinguish between linguistic and non-linguistic input and to segment linguistic input into its constituent phonetic units. This ability is essential for all language learning, whether signed or spoken.

Dr. Stone worked in Dr. Petitto’s Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2).

While in PEN, Dr. Stone served on two prestigious grant-funded research projects: The W. M. Keck Foundation (Petitto, PI; “Seeing the Rhythmic Temporal Beats of Human Language”) and NSF INSPIRE (Petitto, PI; “The RAVE Revolution for Children with Minimal Language Experience”, IIS-1547178).