My specialty in psychology is the study of child development., and my laboratory is called the KIDS Lab. My general research interest is in cognitive and perceptual development. I am particularly interested in the ways in which children’s sophisticated perceptual abilities are very adult-like, but their conception of the world typically is not. My research addresses this issue with a variety of methods.
Infant visual perception: One line of my research examines how little babies perceive basic visual scenes, including things like object shape, motion, depth, and boundaries. I have also studied how young infants perceive visual illusions, like the “Kanisza triangle.” Most of these studies involve a measure of infant attention called habituation, while others use action measures, like infant reaching. To see examples of these studies, click here.
Child cognitive development: Another line of research looks at how children learn about number, as a means of studying cognitive change. In a series of studies, I presented 3-year-old children with counting and matching tasks to study how they understand number words, and how that knowledge changes over time. To see examples of these studies, click here.
Eye tracking and visual attention: In these new studies in the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Lab (MVRL) I use an SMI remote eye tracker to measure gaze and perception in observers aged infant to adult. Children and attentional blindness: I am studying how visual attention changes over the life span. In these studies, children and adults view scenes while we record their eye movements with a remote eye tracker. By studying the similarities and differences among different aged observers, we can analyze how visual attention develops. To see examples of these studies, click here.