Linda B. Smith, PhD. Chancellor's Professor
Research Interests: Perceptual and cognitive development in early childhood; classification and categorization; interactions between perception and language.
Research Interests: Children are born curious, like scientists, actively exploring their world. They spontaneously experiment - they smell, taste, bite, coo, cry, giggle, blow, hum and touch - they shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub and try to pull things apart. I am intensely interested in observing children and exploring the many ways they learn about their world.
Research Interests: There are many different ways to get to the same end goal. Every day we adjust our routes and paths to account for new obstacles. In atypical development the challenge is to find a way around the road blocks that are unique to different disorders as well as unique between different children. Before we can come up with work arounds for children who are developing atypically we must first understand the multitude of pathways and routes which a typically developing child can take during development.
Research Interests: Development is all about change: macro changes like motor milestones and micro changes like neural organization, connectivity and growth. When and how do these changes occur? What are the mechanisms behind these changes? What factors affect these changes? These are questions that developmental scientists are trying to answer in small and large ways. I am particularly interested in how infants perceive, process, and understand faces, and how age, experience, and the environment affect these processes. I take both neurological as well as behavioral approaches to answering these questions.
Research Interests: My research interests are in the broad area of children's language acquisition with a focus on children's word learning. What are the mechanisms that underlie children's word learning? How do these processes evolve and change over development? What accounts for the individual differences we see in vocabulary acquisition? My current research in the Cognitive Development Lab focuses on the nature of the perceptual, social, and linguistic input parents provide to children at different ages, and how this input helps shape the learning processes involved in children's word learning.
Research Interests: I am interested in mechanisms of perceptual and cognitive development in infancy and early childhood. My research investigates the structure of children's early environments and how children's visual, motor, and linguistic experiences help them learn about, and from, that structure. I am particularly interested in multisensory learning and in how children's individual learning histories affect their future learning. My research employs a variety of behavioral methods, including eye tracking, recording looking time, and analyzing naturalistic parent-infant interactions.
Research Interests: Everyday learning takes place in a real environment that offers many potential targets for attention and learning, as well as changing momentary goals. How does the child select and stabilize attention for word learning? What role does word learning itself play in organizing a child's attention? My main goal is to study the developmental changes in attention to further investigate the role of the attentional processes in word learning, including object labels and adjectives.
Research Interests: How did we learn what a spoon is and how it is different from a fork? Does it matter how many spoons we've seen, when we saw them and how different they were? Our environment is full of different objects. One way we use to make sense of this great amount of information is by grouping objects together into groups or categories. My research focuses on how different experiences with objects change how we group them and how this changes across development.
Research Interests: Language acquisition during infancy is the focus of my research. I am currently interested in studying the role that parents play in this process, by analyzing their "sensitive" behaviors during play sessions with their infants. Specifically, I examine the increased learning opportunities that take place during moments of parent-infant coordinated attention, establishing a link between caregiver sensitivity, joint attention and word learning.
Research Interests: I am broadly interested in how young children learn language and how language interacts with other cognitive processes, including shape processing. Children who have trouble learning language also have trouble in tasks requiring them to represent the abstract shapes of objects, but it is not known whether the limitations we see in these high level tasks are specific to high level skills alone or are perhaps related to deficits in the development of low or mid level skills. I would like to investigate the developmental time course of low, mid, and high level visual shape perception and the predictive relationship between these different visual skills and early word learning.
Research Interests: Across languages and cultures, people perceive certain sounds, signs, and gestures as fitting certain meanings. But how much of a role does iconicity (fit between form and meaning) play in natural language? Having previously worked on artificial language learning experiments with adults, I'm visiting the IUB Cognitive Development Lab from University College London to explore children's sensitivity to iconic gestures, and these gestures' role in directing attention and facilitating word learning.Back to the top
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