Children are overwhelmed with a lot of information within their environments. How do they learn to make sense of it all, and how do they know what information to pay attention to? To solve these puzzles, Denitza explores how language interacts with cognition by investigating one key role of language: narrowing children’s attention to specific representations. She also looks at how children learn to interface language across different dimensions (e.g., number, length, and area) and across development, and how children reason about conflicting information within their environments (e.g., when there are competing perceptual, linguistic, or social cues).
Personal Website: ddramkin.wixsite.com/denitzapdramkin
Children concurrently learn about many topics. For example, in just a few months, a crawling, babbling infant becomes an independent, walking, talking toddler. Eloise is interested in how these different areas of change interrelate: does one ability forge the way for another? When and how does new knowledge alter our behavior? Her research explores the greater impact of gaining knowledge in one domain (e.g. language, number, natural objects, cultural conventions) on attention, mental representation, and learning more broadly.
Current Research Assistants
Directed Studies Student
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Graduate Student (2015 - 2020),
Carolyn was in the lab from 2015 - 2020, and studied how children learn about the world around them and act as social agents, including how children reason about their own confidence, and whether this relates to their ability to evaluate others. Archeologists in the year 3020 are still digging up Carolyn's to-do post-it notes from the earth, trying to decypher their mythical powers of productivity.
Personal Website: cebaer.wix.com/carolyn-baer
Cory was in the lab from 2018 - 2020, working on projects investigating the processes that give rise to our visual sense of number, as well as developing novel statistical techniques (through the Data Science Initiative) for missing data in developmental psychology. After he left, the lab's collective knowledge of Python dropped by around 100% for a few months.
Personal Website: corydbonn.github.io/
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