Oct. 28, 2013 by jtaggart
On October 25th, members of the Cognitive Development Labs had a wonderful time meeting local families while handing out candy and playing number games with trick-or-treaters at the Halloween Fall Festival hosted by the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department.
Research assistants Portia Lundie, Jillian Roberts, Julia Vermeulen, Rachel Warner, Maddy Oswald, and John Pacheco at the Halloween Fall Festival.
Jul. 19, 2013 by jtaggart
On July 19th, the Cognitive Development Labs attended the third-annual SLAC (Selective Liberal Arts Colleges) Cognitive Development mini-conference at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Faculty and research assistants from Wesleyan, Smith College, Barnard College, Williams College, and Wellesley College participated. Research assistants had the opportunity to present posters of their current projects:
Ziyue Li ’16 and Rachel Warner ’14 present their summer project, “Communicating Developmental Science in Museums: Card Sort Task and Wug Task”
John Pacheco ’15 presents his summer project, “Navigation in Children: The Effects of Symmetry and Asymmetry on Spatial Reorientation”
Jillian Roberts ’15 presents her ongoing project, “Influence of Minimal Group Membership on Children’s Ideas of Equality”
Opraha Miles ’14 presents her summer project, “How Linguistic Context Affects Number Acquisition in Children”
Lab coordinator Jessica Taggart also presented “An Investigation of Numerical Estimation, Numerical Acuity, and Math Ability” from the Society for Research in Child Development conference in April.
Apr. 20, 2013 by jtaggart
Members and alumnae of the Cognitive Development Labs presented posters about our current research projects at the Society for Research in Cognitive Development biennial meeting in Seattle, WA. Undergraduate Emilie George ’13, lab alums Deborah Cho ’12, Julia Leonard ’11 and Michaela Swee ’12, former post-doc Emily Slusser, previous lab coordinators Talia Berkowitz and Elizabeth Chase, and current lab coordinator Jessica Taggart co-authored posters:
The effects of friendly touch on compliance in children – Julia Leonard, Talia Berkowitz, Anna Shusterman
An investigation of numerical estimation, numerical acuity, and math ability – Hilary Barth, Emilie George, Jessica Taggart
Non-symbolic multiplication, division, and inversion in young children – Koleen McCrink, Hilary Barth
The power of play: Promoting preschoolers’ social and numerical development through independent play with toys – Emily Slusser, Elizabeth Chase, Talia Berkowitz, Emilie George, Michaela Swee, Deborah Cho, Hilary Barth, Anna Shusterman
Mar. 11, 2013 by jtaggart
Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday? Visit the Living Lab at the Connecticut Science Center! The Cognitive Development Labs and the Connecticut Science Center have recently come together to engage visitors in child development research. Beginning in March, researchers from the Cognitive Development Labs will be on the fifth floor of the science center on Saturday mornings, and families are welcome to drop by and participate in one of our studies during their visit!
Research assistants Ellen Lesser and Jillian Roberts represent the Labs at the CT Science Center.
Feb. 25, 2013 by jtaggart
A paper by former post-doc Emily Slusser, lab alum Rachel Santiago ’12, and Hilary Barth, entitled “Developmental Change in Numerical Estimation”, was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General in February 2013. You can download the original publication as a PDF.
Jan. 25, 2013 by jtaggart
A paper by former post-doc and current Visiting Assistant Professor, Mariah Schug, Anna Shusterman, Hilary Barth, and Associate Professor Andrea Patalano, “Minimal-group membership influences children’s responses to novel experience with group members”, was published in Developmental Science in January 2013. You can download the original publication as a PDF.
This summer, the Labs worked on a variety of ongoing and new research projects. Our undergraduate research assistants presented their projects at the annual campus-wide Hughes Summer Program Poster Session:
Evaluating spatial bias in preschool-aged children – Jillian Roberts & Madeline Kidd (Advisor: Hilary Barth)
Implementing and comparing models of estimation bias in “R” - Adam Watson (Advisor: Hilary Barth)
Estimation bias in numerical and non-numerical spatial tasks in nine- and ten-year-olds and adults – Ellen Lesser (Advisors: Hilary Barth & Emily Slusser)
An investigation of numerical acuity, number line performance, and math ability – Emilie George (Advisor: Hilary Barth)
Numeracy and individual differences in probability weighting - Jason Saltiel (Advisors: Andrea Patalano & Hilary Barth)
The role of linguistic context in children’s acquisition of number words - Angela Lo (Advisor: Anna Shusterman)
Navigation in children: The effect of landscapes on spatial reorientation - Andrew Ribner & Samantha Melvin (Advisor: Anna Shusterman)
Children’s early understanding of the word “two” - Samantha Melvin (Advisor: Anna Shusterman)
Cardinal principle training: The effects of structured number learning - Srotoshini Bhalobasha (Advisor: Anna Shusterman)
Children’s higher number knowledge acquisition - Simoneil Sarbh (Advisor: Anna Shusterman)
Yellow Lab members at the Summer 2012 Research Poster Session: Jillian Roberts, Elizabeth Chase, Emilie George, Ellen Lesser, Madeline Kidd.
Jul. 23, 2012 by tberkowitz
On July 18th, the Cognitive Development Labs hosted the second annual SLAC (Selective Liberal Arts Colleges) Cognitive Development mini-conference at Wesleyan. Faculty and research assistants from Wesleyan, Smith College, Barnard College and Wellesley College participated. Read more about the mini-conference (and see some pictures) here.