Ursula Bellugi is one of the prominent researchers in the psychology of language. She currently serves as the director of cognitive neuroscience at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. This paper will examine three areas of Bellugi’s work from the last five decades. In the 1960s and 70s she compared the sign language acquired by Washoe the chimpanzee to human language. In the 80s and 90s her studies of deaf and non-deaf users of American Sign Language led to the conclusion that the left hemisphere is the center of all language processing. And in the last twenty years, Bellugi has supervised experiments of individuals with Williams Syndrome, a cognitive disorder that impacts intelligence and visuo-spatial skills, but not language.
"Ursula Bellugi: A Career of Language Research,"
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