Faculty members of the developmental psychology program area conduct basic research on human development in infancy and early childhood. Development may be broadly understood as a process of differentiation, organization and hierarchical integration of successive phases of ontogenesis and behavioral complexity. Within this large umbrella, our research interests focus more specifically on understanding the early development of action, perception, cognition, and language.
In addition to enhancing our current knowledge of developmental processes, another goal of our program is to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas, theories, and methodologies for faculty and graduate students alike. In particular, the core developmental faculty offer varied research environments using distinct methodologies (EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, kinematics, preferential looking) and cover a broad range of theoretical approaches (dynamic/developmental systems, statistical learning, information processing, developmental cognitive neuroscience) while promoting a collaborative and interdisciplinary study of early development at multiple levels of analysis. We also hold a Bio-Developmental Brown Bag weekly during the academic year as a research forum for students and faculty across the developmental and biological areas.
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 (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab, and Infant Perception-Action Lab). Feel free to contact any of the core faculty with questions about our research or graduate training in our developmental program.