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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