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On Saturday October 24th, members of the Cognitive Development Labs attended the Halloween Fall Festival on South Green in Middletown. Lab members had a wonderful time handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and speaking with interested families about ongoing research.

Lab coordinators Maddy Barclay and Ali Zax represent the Blue and Yellow labs at the Fall Festival.

On July 30th, undergraduate researchers from the Cognitive Development Labs presented their summer projects at Wesleyan University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session.

 

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Anthony Gutierrez ’15 presents his poster, “Number Concepts in Children’s Picture Books.”

 

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Professor Anna Shusterman discusses the findings from “New Discoveries in How Children Understand ‘Two,'” a poster by Kayla Schlenz ’16.

 

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Mary Toomey ’17 chats with Blue Lab post-doc Pierina Cheung about her poster, “The Wesleyan Preschool-Math Project,” which she co-presented with Megan Dolan ’17 and Sonia Max ’17.

 

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Mary Toomey ’17 explains Math Garage, one of the preschool math games she helped develop this summer.

 

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Megan Dolan ’17 talks to an interested visitor about the preschool math project.

 

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Mary Toomey ’17Sonia Max ’17, and Megan Dolan ’17 with their poster, “The Wesleyan Preschool-Math Project.”

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The Living Lab at the Connecticut Science Center is an ongoing collaboration between the Science Center and the Cognitive Development Labs at Wesleyan University that aims to educate the public about child development by immersing museum visitors in the process of scientific discovery. Families visiting the museum are invited to participate in ongoing research projects, and to engage in one-on-one conversations with the researchers.

 

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CDL researchers will be visiting the Science Center during the summer of 2015 — feel free to drop by! Our station recently moved to the Health Lab in the Picture of Health exhibit on the 5th floor, so come check us out in our new location!

 

 

Upcoming Visits, Summer 2015

Wednesday, 7/8/15 (11:30 am – 2:30 pm)

Wednesday, 7/15/15 (11:30 am – 2:30 pm)

During the summer of 2015, members of the Cognitive Development Labs will be going to KidCity Children’s Museum in Middletown, CT on Saturday mornings to play research games with kids and talk to interested families. We will be in the birthday party room on the second floor — feel free to drop by and say hello!

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CDL research assistant Sonia Max ’17 and post-doc Pierina Cheung at KidCity on 6/13/15.

 

Upcoming Visits, Summer 2015

Saturday, 6/27/15 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Saturday, 7/11/15 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Saturday, 7/18/15 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

On April 30th, Wesleyan University’s Psychology Department held its annual poster session to showcase the accomplishments of its students and faculty from the past year. The Cognitive Development Labs were represented by eleven lab members presenting a total of ten posters. Thank you to everyone for their hard work and dedication, and congratulations on another productive year!


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Steph Blumentsock ’16, Abby Archibald ’15, and Elaine Maskus ’15 present their poster on Kindergarten Kickstart, a research-based summer preschool program offered to families in Middletown, CT founded by Blue Lab director Anna Shusterman.

 

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Jillian Roberts ’15 presents her senior thesis, “Minimal Group Membership and Children’s Ideas of Equality.”

 

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Anna Schwab ’16 presents a Yellow Lab project she’s been working on since the summer of 2014, “A Non-Bayesian Explanation of Adults’ and Children’s Biased Spatial Estimates.”

 

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John Pacheco ’15 presents a Blue Lab project in which he’s been involved for the last three years, “Navigation in Children: The Effects of Symmetry and Asymmetry on Spatial Reorientation.”

 

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Sheri Reichelson ’16 presents a Yellow Lab project she’s been working on this year, “Does the Arbitrary Grouping of Options Influence Children’s Choices?”

 

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Sonia Zavala ’15 presents a Yellow Lab project she’s been working on since the summer of 2014, “SES-Based Differences in Children’s Number-line Task Performance.”

 

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Lab Coordinator Lonnie Bass presents a Yellow Lab projects she’s been working on this year, “Links Between Lab-Based Measures of Numerical Competence and TEMA Scores.” She also presented a Blue Lab project, “Children’s Mirror Image Discrimination Abilities.”

 

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Tawni Stoop ’15 presents a Blue Lab project in which she’s been involved for the last two years, “Effects of Linguistic Context on Children’s Number Word Acquisition.”

 

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David Bales ’15 presents a Blue Lab project he’s been working on this year, “Number Concepts in Children’s Picture Books.”

On March 28th, the Cognitive Development Labs attended the Easter Candy Hunt at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown, CT. Lab members had a wonderful time handing out candy and playing fun research games with the children who attended. Thank you to the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department for organizing this event, and to the Woodrow Wilson Middle School for hosting!


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Lab members John Pacheco ’15, Tawni Stoop ’15, and Steph Blumenstock ’16 represent the Cognitive Development Labs at the Middletown Easter Candy Hunt.


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A child picks some candies as part of an ongoing study in the Cognitive Development Labs that investigates how children make choices.

On March 25th, members of the Cognitive Development Labs volunteered at the fourth annual Pre-K Family Math Night at Edna C. Stevens Elementary School in Cromwell, CT. Preschool children and their families had a chance to play fun, research-based math games created by lab members and students from Professor Shusterman’s research methods course. Thank you to the Edna C. Stevens Elementary School for hosting this wonderful event, and to all the families who attended!

 

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The Cognitive Development Labs were represented at Pre-K Family Math Night by Post-Doctoral Fellow Pierina Cheung, Mary DePascale, and Sonia Zavala ’15

 

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Lab Coordinator Lonnie Bass and Sonia Zavala ’15 playing Monster Math, a game created by Professor Shusterman’s research methods course

 

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Lab Coordinator Lonnie Bass reading One Monkey Too Many, by Jackie French Coller

The Cognitive Development Labs presented four posters at the very first International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS 2015), which took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The conference was held from March 12th – 14th in the Beurs van Berlage.

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Lab Coordinator Lonnie Bass presenting “Children’s Mirror Image Discrimination Abilities” with Gwynne Hunter ’10, Kimberly Gutowski, and Anna Shusterman.

 

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Tawni Stoop ’15 presenting “Effects of Linguistic Context on Children’s Number Word Acquisition” with Angela Lo ’14, Emily Slusser (post-doc, ’10-’12), and Anna Shusterman.

 

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John Pacheco ’15 presenting “Navigation in Children: The Effects of Symmetry and Asymmetry on Spatial Reorientation” with Andrew Ribner ’14Samantha Melvin ’13Taylor DeLoach ’13, and Anna Shusterman.

 

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Lab Coordinator Lonnie Bass presenting “A Non-Bayesian Explanation of Adults’ and Children’s Biased Spatial Estimates” with Ellen Lesser (RA, ’12-’14), Jessica Taggart (lab coordinator, ’12-’14), Emily Slusser (post-doc, ’10-’12), Sheri Reichelson ’16, and Anna Schwab ’16, and Hilary Barth.

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