Research and Teaching Interests
My research interests are cognitive development and language
acquisition. Specifically, I study children's acquisition of words,
categories, and concepts.
Research in our laboratory focuses on the relationship between
children's language learning environments, especially parents'
language input to children, and children's acquisition. We are
interested in the idea that different kinds of parent input to children
differentially engage domain general processes such as memory and
attention that ultimately affect how and what children learn. To this
end we primarily conduct three kinds of studies: Input studies
designed to elucidate the nature of parents' language input to
children, longitudinal acquisition studies where we watch how
children come to learn words and categories over weeks
and months, and training studies in which we examine how
specific types of input affect acquisition.
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