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Dr. Hilary Barth and Dr. Andrea Patalano, faculty members in the Psychology Department, have received a major collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to support a new collaborative research project. The grant will support behavioral research studies on childrens’ and adults’ judgments of number, space, time, and probability. The research project will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Sara Cordes at Boston College.

Read more in the Wesleyan University newsletter: http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2016/05/25/barthpatalanonsfgrant/

On April 28th, Wesleyan University’s Psychology Department held its annual poster session. Students presented their work from the past year. The Cognitive Development Labs were represented by nine lab members and presented a total of six posters. Congratulations to all lab members for their impressive research!

Psychology Poster Session, April 28, 2016. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS '08)

Kerry Brew ’18, Sarah Corner ’17, and Ilana Ladis ’17 speak with an interested visitor about their poster, “Demand Characteristics in Child Minimal Group Experiments.”


Maxine Lai ’17 (pictured above), Aime Arroyo-Ramirez ’16, and Lab Coordinator Ali Zax present their poster, “Impact of Paired Numbers on Numerical Estimation.”


Praise Owoyemi ’18 presents her poster, “Allocating Resources: How Option Presentation Affects Decision making.”

Psychology Poster Session, April 28, 2016. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS '08)

Jordan Feingold-Link ’18 presents his poster, “Who is in the Room? Observation in the Minimal Group Paradigm.”


Sheri Reichelson ’16 presents her poster, “Does the Arbitrary Grouping of Physical Options Influence Children’s and Adults Choices?”

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Stephanie Blumenstock ’16 presents her poster, “Kindergarten Kickstart: Outcomes of a Research-Based Summer Pre-K Program.”

CDL at Daffodil Day

On April 24th, the Cognitive Development Labs attended Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, CT. Lab members had a great time running one of our ongoing studies and speaking with interested families about our labs. Thank you to the Wadsworth Mansion for allowing us to attend and for providing us with a table!


Lab members Kayla Schlenz ’16, Blue Lab Coordinator Maddy Barclay, Sheri Reichelson ’16, and Ali Zax (not pictured) represent the Cognitive Development Labs at Daffodil Day.

Sheri Reichelson ’16 presented a poster entitled, “Does the Arbitrary Grouping of Physical Options Influence Children’s and Adults’ Choices?” at the Eastern Psychological Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting in New York, New York on March 4th. Sheri received an Eastern Regional travel grant from the Psi Chi Grants Committee and Boards of Directors to fund her travel. She is also an accepted BA/ MA student continuing her work next year in the Cognitive Development Labs under the supervision of Professor Hilary Barth.

Sheri Reichelson ’16 presenting, “Does the Arbitrary Grouping of Physical Options Influence Children’s and Adults’ Choices?”

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.



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



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



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.



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



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



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



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.




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!


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)

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