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Last week was an exciting week for the Cognitive Development Labs! We presented two posters at the 2019 SRCD Biennial Meeting held March 21st – 23rd in Baltimore, Maryland. Professor Shusterman also gave a talk titled “Early knowledge of small number word meanings in toddlers”. The conference was attended by Post-doc Chenmu (Julia) Xing, lab manager Katherine Williams, and lab members Taylar Clark ’19 and Kaila Scott ’19.

Clark SRCD

Taylar Clark ’19 and lab manager Katherine Williams presented their work “Gender Differences in Digit Dependence in Numerical Estimation” in collaboration with post-doc Chenmu (Julia) Xing, lab member Esha Bhandari ’20, and Professor Hilary Barth.

Xing SRCD

Post-doc Chenmu (Julia) Xing presented her work titled, “Numerical estimation strategies are correlated with math ability in school-aged children”. This work was done in collaboration with former lab managers Alexandra Zax, Jessica Taggart, and Ilona Bass, former lab member Emilie George ’13, and Professor Hilary Barth.

Professor Anna Shusterman gave a talk titled “Early knowledge of small number word meanings in toddlers”

Many presentations at the conference were authored by former members of the Cognitive Development labs. Here’s a sample of some of the work these alums are doing now:

“Children’s Early Knowledge of Cardinal Number Gestures”
Dominic Gibson ’10 (U Chicago), Jacob Butts (U Chicago), Talia Berkowitz (U Chicago), Susan Goldin-Meadow (U Chicago), Susan Levine (U Chicago)

“Preschoolers Flexibily Adapt Their Gaze to Seek Information That Supports Language Comprehension and Word Learning”
Michael Frank (Stanford), Kyle MacDonald ’10 (Stanford), Virginia Marchman (Standford)

“Exploring Children’s Use of Discreteness, Stability, and Labels as Cues to Essentialize Novel Categories”
“Children Offer Situational Explanations for Gender-Stereotypical Behavior, but Personal Explanations for Other behavior”
Rebecca Peretz-Lange ’13 (Tufts U), Paul Muentener (Tufts U)

“Executive Function Facilitates Learning from Math Instruction”
Andrew Ribner ‘14 (NYU)

“Decomposing Arithmetic Learning: Exploring Factors that Influence the use of Decomposition Strategies”
Joanna Schiffman ’11 (Boston College), Elida Laski (Boston College)

“Children’s Semantic Knowledge Influences Visual Working Memory Capacity”
Ariel Starr ’07 (UC Berkeley), Mahesh Srinivasan (UC Berkeley), Silvia Bunge (UC Berkeley)

Former lab managers Jessica Taggart, and Ilona Bass, and former postdocs Emily Slusser also presented work at the conference:

“The Effects of Information Quality and Informants’ Knowledge on Evaluations of Under-Informative Pedagogy”
Ilona Bass (Rutgers U), Daniel Hawthorne (Datawallet), Noah Goodman (Stanford), Elizabeth Bonawitz (Rutgers U), Hyowon Gweon (Stanford)

“Digital Literacy Instructions in Early Elementary School: Affordances and Constraints in the Common Core Era”
Delnaz Hosseini (San Jose State U), Emily Slusser (San Jose State U)

“Parents’ Different Behavior During Pretend Versus Real Interactions With Children”
Jessica Taggart (U Virginia), Meghan Ellwood (U Virginia), Dermina Vasc (U Virginia), Sarah Chin (U Virginia), Angeline Lillard (U Virginia)

The Cognitive Development Labs presented two posters at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. The meeting was held from February 28th – March 2nd 2019. The labs were represented by Yellow lab member Jenny Chelmow, Faculty member Chenmu (Julia) Xing, and lab coordinator, Katie Williams .

Lab member Jenny Chelmow presented her poster titled “How Do Preschoolers Replicate Proportions?”. This work was done in collaboration with Professor Hilary Barth.

Postdoctoral research assistant Chenmu (Julia) Xing presented her poster titled “Partition Dependence in Financial Aid Resource Allocations”. This work was done in collaboration with Lab Coordinator Katie Williams, Professor Hilary Barth, and former lab members Jamie Hom, Meghana Kandlur, Praise Owoyemi, Joanna Paul, Ray Peters, and Elizabeth Shackney.

The Cognitive Development Labs presented three posters at Psychonomic Society’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was held from November 14 – 18th. The labs were presented by lab coordinator, Katie Williams, former lab member Joanna Paul, and Faculty members Hilary Barth and Chenmu (Julia) Xing.

Postdoctoral assistant Chenmu (Julia) Xing presented her poster titled “Reevaluating the Role of Context in Probability Distortion”. This work was done in collaboration with former lab coordinator Alexandra Zax, former lab member Joanna Paul, Professors Andrea Patalano and Hilary Barth, and Professor Sara Cordes at Boston College.

Former lab member Joanna Paul (’18) presented her poster titled “Individual Differences in Number Line Estimation Performance: Standardized Test Scores and the Left Digit Effect”. This work was done in collaboration with lab coordinator Katie Williams, and Professors Andrea Patalano and Hilary Barth.

Lab Coordinator Katie Williams presented her poster titled “Partition Dependence in Children’s and Adults’ Resource Allocation Decisions”. This work was done in collaboration with former lab coordinator Alexandra Zax, former lab member Sheri Reichelson, and Professors Andrea Patalano and Hilary Barth.

Yellow Lab Director Hilary Barth gave a talk as part of a symposium on numerical cognition. Her talk was titled “Leftmost digits strongly influence numerical estimates”.

On July 26th, researchers from the Blue and Yellow Labs presented their summer research projects at Wesleyan’s Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session. They did an excellent job disseminating what they have learned this summer!

Jenny Chelmow ’19 presents her poster, “How Do Preschoolers Replicate Proportions.”

Hannah Ratner ’20 presents her poster, “Testing Children’s Early Concepts of Two with an Automated Violation of Expectancy Paradigm.”

Rebecca Houston-Read ’19 gives a thumbs up while presenting her poster, “Children’s Use of Asymmetry as a Cue to Reorientation.”

Esha Bhandari ’20 and Taylar Clark ’19 present their poster, “Gender Difference in Number Line Estimation Tasks.”

On July 11th, the Cognitive Development Labs traveled to College of the Holy Cross for the annual Small Liberal Arts Conference, a gathering of small developmental psychology labs across the Northeast. Thanks to all who shared their research!

A big thank you to Flo Anggoro for organizing the event and College of the Holy Cross for hosting!

On April 26th Wesleyan University’s Psychology Department held its annual poster session. Over 100 undergraduates presented their work from the past year! The Cognitive Development Labs were represented by nine lab members and presented a total of 7 posters.

Natalie May

Blue Lab member Natalie May B.A. ’17, M.A. ’18 presents “Start With Yourself: A Teacher Intervention for Socioemotional Growth”

Vivian Liu

Blue Lab member Vivian Liu ’18 presents “Children’s Use of Social Category Information in Predicting Social Relationships”

Joanna Paul

Yellow Lab member Joanna Paul ’18 presents “Individual Differences in Number Line Estimation Performance: Standardized Test Scores and the Left Digit Effect”

MBT

Yellow Lab members Meghana Kandlur ’18 and Praise Owoyemi ’18 present their poster “Preschoolers’ Spatial Reproduction Performance”

SC

Yellow Lab members Jenny Chelmow ’19 and Amanda Fiorentino ’20 present their poster “How Do Preschoolers Make Proportions?”

Yellow Lab member Katie Vasquez ’20 presents “Partition Dependence and Children’s Performance Based Decisions”

Julia Xing

Yellow Lab member Chenmu (Julia) Xing (Postdoctoral Fellow) presents “The Role of Context and Numeracy in Probability Distortion”

A big thank you to all of research assistants for their hard work this year and congratulations to those graduating!

Spring at the CDL!

This spring, researchers in the Blue and Yellow Labs have participated in community events around Middletown. In March, members of the Blue Lab shared games from our Preschool Math Curriculum with families at Preschool Math Night, hosted by the Cromwell Early Childhood/School Readiness Council. We loved playing Bead Tower, Fish Friends, Math Garage, and Math Bus with rising kindergarten students from the area! Later that month, researchers from both labs attended Middletown Easter Candy Hunt, where kids were hopping with excitement and energy! In April, CDL members participated in Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion. We chatted with families from all over Connecticut and enjoyed one of the first warm, sunny days this spring. Sharing our research and findings with the Middletown community is one of the best parts of the work that we do!

Easter Candy Hunt 2018

Blue Lab members Jordan Legaspi ’19, Sifana Sohail ’18, and Joy Adedokun ’19 enjoy the Middletown Easter Candy Hunt.

Daffodil Day 2018

Yellow Lab members Amanda Fiorentino ’20 and Jenny Chelmow ’19 display some of the Blue Lab’s math games at Daffodil Day at Wadsworth Mansion.

On October 21st, researchers from the Cognitive Development Lab presented at the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) in Boston. Current Yellow lab members Meghana Kandlur, Joanna Paul, Praise Owoyemi, and Jamie Hom presented their work entitled “Partition Dependence in Financial Aid Allocations”.

NEPA Poster

This research was done in collaboration with Elizabeth Shackney (’17) with support from Faculty members Professor Hilary Barth and Post-doc Chenmu (Julia) Xing, and former lab coordinator Alexandra Zax.

Congratulations to the students for their impressive work!

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