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Research: Cognitive and Developmental Science

Faculty members of the Cognitive and Developmental Science area conduct basic research on a wide variety of aspects of cognition and development, including perception, attention, memory, oculomotor control, motor development, speech perception & language acquisition, and executive function. Several faculty members in the area are also members of the Child Development Research Group (CDRG). In addition to enhancing our current knowledge of cognitive processes, another goal of our program is to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas, theories, and methodologies for faculty and graduate students alike.

Our Cognitive and Developmental Science labs utilize a variety of methodologies, including behavioral measures, computational modeling, EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, fNIRS, fMRI, kinematics, and psychophysics. We cover a broad range of theoretical approaches (dynamic/developmental systems, statistical learning, information processing, cognitive neuroscience) while promoting a collaborative and interdisciplinary study of cognition and development at multiple levels of analysis. We also hold a weekly brown bag series during the academic year as a research forum for students and faculty with cognitive, developmental, and biological research interests.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, we encourage you to visit the web pages of our core faculty and of their respective laboratories: Attention, Brain, and Cognition Lab (PI: Aaron Buss), Infant Perception-Action Laboratory (PI: Daniela Corbetta), Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab (PI: Jessica Hay), Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (PI: Greg Reynolds), Infant Visual Cognition Lab (PI: Shannon Ross-Sheehy), and Visual Perception and Cognition Lab (PI: Caglar Tas).

Feel free to contact any of the core faculty with questions about their research or graduate training in our Cognitive and Developmental Science program.


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