Lera Boroditsky is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego. She conducts her studies on language and cognition by focusing on the effects between language, cognition and perception. Her research interests include knowledge and methods from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience and anthropology. Her work has provided new insights into the debate question of how everyday spoken language shapes the way of thinking (linguistic relativity). Her articles and lectures have influenced the fields of psychology, philosophy, and linguistics in providing evidence and research against the idea that human cognition is largely universal, independent of language and culture. Selected as a Searle Researcher, Lera Boroditsky has received many awards, including the “NSF CAREER”, “Marr” and “McDonnell Scholar” awards. Boroditsky's work, which also teaches popular science courses, has been featured in news and media outlets.