Simon Fraser University

Psychological Foundations Lab


Olga Vasileva

Olga is currently a student in the Developmental Psychology PhD program at Simon Fraser
University. She has a BA and MA in Linguistics and a MAE in Educational Psychology which she received during her studies in the US on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Olga’s research interests are primarily in the area of language and cognition, their evolution, first language acquisition and development of communicative systems. Using various data from language acquisition and comparative psychology studies she is trying to understand what cognitive mechanism allowed humans to develop language and what this evolutionary process looks like, as well as how these mechanisms work in a brain when a child acquires language. Olga is currently working on launching two projects: one examining communicative gesture development and the other examining evolutionary aspects of shared intentionality and language.