Alex Brito is from Nashville, Tennessee and recently graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017. During her time at UT, she studied neuroscience, neurolinguistics, and French through the College Scholars Program under the mentorship of Dr. Harriet Bowden. In her first year at UT, she began researching in the Language Acquisition and Cognition Lab within Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Fascinated by the brain’s ability to acquire new languages, she has collaborated on projects looking at how different language learning environments impact second language processing using electroencephalography (EEG). Currently living in Durham, North Carolina, Alex is a Clinical Trials Specialist in Duke University’s Psychiatry Department. She plans to attend medical school next year in hopes of becoming a neurologist.