Principal Investigator


Dr. Linda SmithLinda B. Smith, PhD. Chancellor's Professor

2013 Recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize

smith4@indiana.edu

CV, faculty webpage


Research Interests: Perceptual and cognitive development in early childhood; classification and categorization; interactions between perception and language.

Smith Lab researchers

Researchers


Char with Yo and Haru Char Wozniak, Lab Manager/Research Coordinator

chwoznia@indiana.edu


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.



Swapnaa Jayaraman Swapnaa Jayaraman, Assistant Scientist

swapnaa@indiana.edu

CV, webpage


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.




Umay Suanda Umay Suanda, Postdoctoral Fellow

ssuanda@indiana.edu

CV


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.




Jessica Montag Jessica Montag, Postdoctoral Fellow

jlmontag@indiana.edu

CV, webpage


Research Interests: I am interested in how our experiences with language shape our language abilities. In adults, I investigate how language experience underlies our ability to produce and comprehend complex sentences. In children, I investigate how language experience shapes early word learning. I am particularly interested in the contributions of both written and spoken language to linguistic abilities in adults and children. There are quantitative and qualitative differences between both child and adult-directed speech and texts, and I would like to better understand these differences and the contribution of both sources of input to language learning and language use.




Catarina Vales Catarina Vales, Graduate Student

cvales@indiana.edu

CV, webpage


Research Interests: Everyday learning takes place in a real environment that offers many potential targets for attention and learning, as well as changing momentary goals. How does the child select and stabilize attention for word learning? What role does word learning itself play in organizing a child's attention? My main goal is to study the developmental changes in attention to further investigate the role of the attentional processes in word learning, including object labels and adjectives.




Lisa Byrge Lisa Byrge, Graduate Student

lbyrge@indiana.edu


Research Interests: My research interests focus on the role of different forms of activity - from physical behavior to evoked neural activity - in the development of functional and structural brain networks. I am interested in how these interactions between behavior and brain networks create change over multiple time scales, and contribute to differences and similarities between individuals.




Paulo Carvalho Paulo Carvalho, Graduate Student

pcarvalh@indiana.edu

CV, webpage


Research Interests: How did we learn what a spoon is and how it is different from a fork? Does it matter how many spoons we've seen, when we saw them and how different they were? Our environment is full of different objects. One way we use to make sense of this great amount of information is by grouping objects together into groups or categories. My research focuses on how different experiences with objects change how we group them and how this changes across development.



Catalina Suarez-Rivera Catalina Suarez-Rivera, Graduate Student

csuarezr@indiana.edu

CV


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.



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Collaborators

Susan Jones, Indiana University

Chen Yu, Indiana University

Karin James, Indiana University

Michael Gasser, Indiana University

Kelly Mix, Michigan State University

Cynthia Breazeal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John Spencer, University of Iowa

Thea Ionescu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania



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Former Students

Viridiana Benitez, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Lisa Cantrell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis

Eliana Colunga, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Leonidas Doumas, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Caitlin Fausey, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

John Franchak, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

Lisa Gershkoff-Stowe, Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University

Rima Hanania, Researcher, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

Shohei Hidaka, Assistant Professor, School of Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Thomas Hills, Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Steve Hockema, Senior Scientist and Partner, Aji, LLC

Hye-Won Hong, Professor, Psychology Department, California State University

Donald Katz, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology and Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University

Alan Kersten, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University

Megumi Kuwabara, Assistant Professor, Child Development, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Jennifer Lanter, Assistant Professor, Human Development & Psychology, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay

Josita Maouene, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Grand Valley State University

Teresa Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Alfredo Pereira, Adjunct Assistant Researcher, School of Psychology, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Richard Prather, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland

Brigette Ryalls, Associate Professor, Psycholgy Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Larissa Samuelson, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa

Catherine Sandhofer, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Maria Sera, Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

Nitya Sethuraman, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

Adam Sheya, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Connecticut

Ji Son, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles

Sandra Street, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

Amanda Walley, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hanako Yoshida, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Houston

Dan Yurovsky, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, California



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