Dragana Barac-Cikoja
 
Education
  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, 1988, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • B.S., Clinical Psychology, 1979, Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia
Short Biography

Dr. Dragana Barac­Cikoja holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She has worked as a researcher and university instructor at the University of Belgrade, University of Connecticut in Storrs, University of Split at Zadar, Wesleyan University, and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders­National Institutes of Health (NICD­NIH). She has served as a principal investigator on several government­funded research projects.

  Dr. Barac­Cikoja conducts experimental research aimed at understanding basic mechanisms in perception and language processing. Her investigations of haptic space perception have application in the area of robotics and navigation by blind individuals. As a VL2­affiliate researcher, Dr. Barac­Cikoja investigated the role of morphology in improving deaf readers' ability to recognize printed words, a skill crucial to effective reading comprehension. Her ongoing investigations of sensory feedback during speech and sign articulation are aimed at providing new insights into the regulation of language production and contributing to the development of assistive technologies beneficial to individuals with disabilities. 

Specializations

Sensory processing abilities in language comprehension and production; Self-monitoring in speech and sign production; Research design and statistics.

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