Linda B. Smith, PhD. Chancellor's Professor
Research Interests: Perceptual and cognitive development in early childhood; classification and categorization; interactions between perception and language.
Research Interests: Children are born curious, like scientists, actively exploring their world. They spontaneously experiment - they smell, taste, bite, coo, cry, giggle, blow, hum and touch - they shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub and try to pull things apart. I am intensely interested in observing children and exploring the many ways they learn about their world.
Research Interests: As a graduate student studying Data Science with the School of Informatics and Computing, I am interested in using data mining and machine learning techniques to investigate how children learn words from their active engagement with the world. When it comes to language acquisition, children are more sophisticated than the best computers. They can gain knowledge about objects by integrating information from themselves (see, hear, touch), or from a social partner (names, gestures, and actions). My current research studies the types of input that infants and toddlers receive to help them solve the word-learning problem of referential uncertainty in cluttered real life settings.
Research Interests: Development is all about change: macro changes like motor milestones and micro changes like neural organization, connectivity and growth. When and how do these changes occur? What are the mechanisms behind these changes? What factors affect these changes? These are questions that developmental scientists are trying to answer in small and large ways. I am particularly interested in how infants perceive, process, and understand faces, and how age, experience, and the environment affect these processes. I take both neurological as well as behavioral approaches to answering these questions.
Research Interests: My research interests are in the broad area of children's language acquisition with a focus on children's word learning. What are the mechanisms that underlie children's word learning? How do these processes evolve and change over development? What accounts for the individual differences we see in vocabulary acquisition? My current research in the Cognitive Development Lab focuses on the nature of the perceptual, social, and linguistic input parents provide to children at different ages, and how this input helps shape the learning processes involved in children's word learning.
Research Interests: I am interested in mechanisms of perceptual and cognitive development in infancy and early childhood. My research investigates the structure of children's early environments and how children's visual, motor, and linguistic experiences help them learn about, and from, that structure. I am particularly interested in multisensory learning and in how children's individual learning histories affect their future learning. My research employs a variety of behavioral methods, including eye tracking, recording looking time, and analyzing naturalistic parent-infant interactions.
Research Interests: Within a couple of years, children acquire a variety of human symbolic systems, such as language, number, mathematical symbols, maps and graphs. I am interested in the domain-general mechanisms that underlie this prodigious learning. I am currently investigating how exposure to the co-occurrence between number words and written numerals contributes to children's early number knowledge, and how children and parents coordinate their visual attention during play and word learning.
Research Interests: Language acquisition during infancy is the focus of my research. I am currently interested in studying the role that parents play in this process, by analyzing their "sensitive" behaviors during play sessions with their infants. Specifically, I examine the increased learning opportunities that take place during moments of parent-infant coordinated attention, establishing a link between caregiver sensitivity, joint attention and word learning.
Research Interests: I am interested in how young children learn object names, particularly how the visual statistics of children's everyday environments help them create mappings between visual objects and the words that refer to them. I am also interested in how skills such as visual processing, attention, and memory aid and impact word learning.
Research Interests: I am interested in understanding how children's visual processing relates to language development.
Research Interests: My research focuses on the typical and atypical development of vision and visual perception in infants and young children. My specific interests include the neural control of eye moments, early mechanisms of action in visual perception, and the development of cognitive systems to support learning. A further special point of interest is conducting visual perceptual, behavioral, and neurocognitive studies to evaluate the developmental origins of autism spectrum disorder.
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