Marie Curie fellow
Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions
Language and Comparative Cognition

+34 93 542 2745
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Roc Boronat, 138 08018 Barcelona

I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Language and Comparative Cognition Group (LCC) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelone, Spain). My post-doctoral project is framed in the Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC 315219 - BioCon, 2013-2018) awarded to Juan M. Toro, and entitled Biological Origins of Linguistic constraints. 

My research focuses on the early biases guiding and constraining early language perception in human infants and how domain-general and -specific mechanisms contribute to language acquisition. 

This issue will thus be addressed through adult and infant studies as well as through comparative work involving rats. 

I am also interested in bilingualism on these early achievements, as bilingual exposure actually represents the most common language acquisition situation.

I completed my PhD in November 2014 at the Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception (CNRS - Université Paris Descartes) in Paris, France, supervised by Thierry Nazzi and Judit Gervain. During my PhD I used behavioral and cerebral imaging methods (functional Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy) in very young infants to study the functional asymmetry between consonants and vowels in the first year of life, and assess the role of this perceptual bias in guiding lexical and rule learning in the first months. 


key words:

early learning biases and constraints

rule learning

lexical development


domain-generality vs. domain-specificity of mechanisms involved in language acquisition


Online profiles



Havy, M., Bouchon, C., & Nazzi, T. (2015). Phonetic processing when learning words: the case of bilingual infants. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 1–12, DOI: 10.1177/0165025415570646.

 Bouchon, C., Floccia, C., Fux, T., Adda-Decker, M., & Nazzi, T.(2014). Call me Alix, not Elix: Vowels are more important than consonants in own name recognition at 5 months.Developmental Science, doi: 10.1111/desc.12242

 Bouchon, C., Nazzi, T., & Gervain, J. (in revision). Hemispheric asymmetries in repetition enhancement and suppression effects in the newborn brain.

Peperkamp, S. & Bouchon C. (2011). The relation between perception and production in L2 phonological processing. In: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2011). Rundle Mall: Causal Productions, 161‐164.