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Research on Language Learning Yields Mitchell Prize for UT Austin Statisticians

  • Jul 29, 2021

A cross-disciplinary team including UT assistant professor Abhra Sarkar and statistics doctoral candidate Giorgio Paulon have received the Mitchell Prize, a top prize in the statistics field, for their study modeling what happens in the brains of nonnative English speakers learning another language's tonal differences. 

Beyond helping people learn new languages, Sarkar said their statistical model might assist clinicians in understanding why an individual has a speech or hearing disorder. It could also help neuroscientists study other kinds of decision making, such as how we make sense of the visual world. 

Read the full article from the College of Natural Sciences.