Elisa Ruiz Tada

Gabriele Cattaneo
PhD Student
Office 55.128

I originally studied biology for my bachelors, focusing on marine mammal communication. I followed with a masters in animal behavior studying zebra finches and zebra fishes. Throughout those studies, I became more interested in languages rather than animal communication, and came to Barcelona to pursue another masters in cognitive science and languages.

I am currently doing my PhD, examining how speech (language and accents) influence the ways we categorize people into social in- and out-groups.  I look at how this categorization affects low level processing of faces and speech using ERPs. I am also very interested in the way someone's race plays a role in the ways we perceive them. On a personal level, I am multilingual, biracial, and bicultural, so these are topics that interest me greatly.


Kandel S, Burfin S, Ruiz-Tada E, Costa A, Pascalis O, Meary D. The impact of early bilingualism on face recognition processes. Frontiers in Psychology. 2016;7(1080).
Foucart A, Ruiz-Tada E, Costa A. Anticipation processes in L2 speech comprehension: Evidence from ERPs and lexical recognition task. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 2016;19:213-9.
Foucart A, Ruiz-Tada E, Costa A. How do you know I was about to say “book”? Anticipation processes affect speech processing and lexical recognition. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 2015; 30(6):768-80.
Burfin S, Pascalis O, Ruiz-Tada E, Costa A, Savariaux C, Kandel S. Bilingualism affects audiovisual phoneme identification. Frontiers in Psychology. 2014;5(1179):1-9.