University of Texas at El Paso
Psychology Department
Iva Ivanova    

Dr. Iva Ivanova
Personal Information    

Ph.D., Universitat de Barcelona (2010)

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Language and Communication Laboratory
Research Interests    

My research aims to advance the understanding of how people produce, comprehend and communicate through language, with a special focus on bilingual individuals. Producing and understanding language seems effortless for most of us, yet involves a complex host of processes and mechanisms, which are even more complex for individuals speaking more than one language. I study these processes and mechanisms with a range of behavioral methodologies. My research has examined how bilinguals retrieve the words they need to speak, how they control their two languages to prevent saying words in the wrong language, and how the two languages of bilinguals decline in Alzheimer’s Disease. My work also investigates how and why we mimic the words and sentence structures of our conversational partners in dialogue, how we are able to understand ungrammatical utterances, and how working memory is involved in speaking. These issues are relevant for devising successful therapies for language-impaired individuals in their first and second language, as well as for educational programs for improving language and communication skills.

Sample Publications    

Ivanova, I., Salmon, D.P., & Gollan, T.H. (2014). Which language declines more? Longitudinal versus cross-sectional decline of picture naming in bilinguals with Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 534-546.

Ivanova, I., Pickering, M.J., McLean, J.F., Costa, A., & Branigan, H.P. (2012). How do people produce ungrammatical utterances? Journal of Memory and Language, 67, 355-370.

Ivanova, I., Pickering, M.J., Branigan, H.P., McLean, J.F., & Costa, A. (2012). The comprehension of anomalous sentences: Evidence from structural priming. Cognition, 122, 193-209.

Ivanova, I. & Costa, A. (2008). Does bilingualism hamper lexical access in speech production? Acta Psychologica, 127, 277-288.

Contact Information    


Phone: 1-915-747-5551
Fax: 1-915-747-6553

110 Psychology Building
Department of Psychology
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso TX, 79968

PSYC 4316/LING 4316  Language and Cognition