My name is Maria Goldshtein.

Psycholinguistics is my field of research and my specific interest is in  – depth of processing, meaning-making heuristics, and the various factors that inform them. I am interested in examining how we interpret the language we are daily exposed to. I am also interested in optimizing our ability to interpret quantitative data we gather, using supplementary qualitative methodologies, and common sense.

I am a 6th year graduate student at the Linguistics department at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I am currently working on individual differences in the processing and interpretation of comparative illusion sentences (more people have been to Russia than I have) and underinformative scalar implicatures (some cats are mammals), using offline (judgment tasks, and data of a more qualitative nature) and online (EEG) methodologies.

Other than Linguistics, my main interests include literature, music and photography.