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On April 27th, 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 nineteen lab members and presented a total of ten posters.

Jordan, Sarah, Ilana Poster Session 2017

Jordan Feingold-Link ’18 , Sarah Corner ’17 , and Ilana Ladis ’17 speak with an interested visitor about their poster, “Demand Characteristics in Child Minimal Group Paradigm.”

Jamie, Praise, Meghana, Joanna Poster Session '17

Jamie Hom ‘17, Praise Owoyemi ’18 , Meghana Kandlur ‘18, and Joanna Paul ‘18 present their poster, “Partition Dependence in Financial Aid Allocations.”

Maxine Poster Session '17

Maxine Lai ’17 presents, “Do Holistic Number Representations Form Adults’ and Children’s Numerical Estimates?” with Lab Coordinator Alexandra Zax and Hilary Barth.

Sheri Poster Session '17

BA/MA student Sheri Reichelson presents work done in collaboration with current lab coordinator Alexandra Zax, former lab coordinator Lonnie Bass, and Professors Andrea Patalano and Hilary Barth entitled “Partition Dependence in Children’s and Adults’ Decision-Making.” This is Reichelson’s masters project.

Julia Poster Session '17

Post-doc Julia Xing presents, “Links Between Numerical Competence and Math Ability at Ages 6-8” with Lab Coordinator Alexandra Zax and Hilary Barth.

Gabby, Emily, Joy Poster Session '17

Gaby Montinola ‘17, Emily Kaplan-Levenson ‘17, and Joy Adedokun ‘19 present their poster, “The Development of Children’s Number Words: Learning ‘Two’.”

Sifona and Natalie Poster Session '17

Sifona Sohail ‘18 and Natalie May ‘17 present their poster, “1, 2, 3, 5! Children’s Acquisition of Counting.”

Megan and Sara Poster Session '17

Megan Dolan ‘17 and Sara Dean ‘17 present their poster, “The Development of a New Socioemotional Measure for Preschoolers.”

Mary Poster Session '17

Mary Toomey ‘17 presents her poster, “The Wesleyan Preschool-Math Curriculum.”

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Thanks to all of the undergraduate research assistants for their hard work this year and congratulations to those graduating!

The Cognitive Development Labs presented five posters at the 2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting. The conference was held from April 6th – 8th in Austin, Texas.

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BA/MA student Sheri Reichelson presented work done in collaboration with current lab coordinator Alexandra Zax, former lab coordinator Lonnie Bass, and Professors Andrea Patalano and Hilary Barth entitled “Partition Dependence in Children’s and Adults’ Decision-Making.” This is Reichelson’s masters project.

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Maxine Lai ’17 presented her work, “Do Holistic Number Representations Form Adults’ and Children’s Numerical Estimates?” with Lab Coordinator Alexandra Zax and Hilary Barth.

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Lab Coordinator Alexandra Zax presenting “Quantitative Models of Proportion Estimation Explain Numerical Estimation With and Without Anchors ” with Emily Slusser (post-doc, ’10-’12) and Hilary Barth.

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Post-doc Pierina Cheung presents “Re-assessing the Give-A-Number Task as a Measure of Cardinal Principle Knowledge.” She also presented a poster entitled, “Counting and the acquisition of cardinality.”

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Lab Directors Hilary Barth and Anna Shusterman each gave talks at the Spatial Cognition across development & the Malleability of Spontaneous Focus on Numerosity and its relation with specific mathematics skills, respectively. Hilary Barth’s talk was entitled, “Do Bayesian cognitive processes create our biased estimates?” and Anna Shusterman’s talk was entitled, “Acquisition of cardinality supports children’s attention to numerosity.”

Many presentations at the conference were authored by up-and-coming scientists who did undergraduate work in the Wesleyan Cognitive Development Labs, too! Here’s a sample of the work these alums (in bold) are doing now:

“Executive Function Predicts Intercept in Math, but Predicts Negative Slope”
Andrew Ribner ’14 (NYU), Eric Finegood (NYU), Michael Sulik (NYU), Clancy Blair (NYU)

“Executive Function Mediates the Negative Relation Between Television Viewing and Academic Skills in Early Childhood”
Andrew Riber ’14 (NYU), Caroline Fitzpatrick (Université Sainte-Anne), Clancy Blair (NYU)

“Extending the O-P Framework to Explain Kindergarten Math and Reading Achievements for Canadian Children”
Caroline Fitzpatrick (Université Sainte-Anne), Andrew Ribner ’14 (NYU), Caroline Fitzpatrick (Université Sainte-Anne), Clancy Blair (NYU)

“Behavioral Self-Regulation Mediates the Relation Between Background TV and Literacy Skills”
Deborah Linebarger (Purdue U), Andrew Ribner ’14 (NYU), Rachel Barr (Georgetown U), Matthew Lapierre (U of Arizona), Jessica Piotrowski (U of Amsterdam)

“Is it Scary or is She a Scaredy-Cat? The Development of Social Causal Attribution”
Rebecca Lange ’13 (Tufts U), Paul Muentener (Tufts U)

“Teacher stress in the early childhood workforce: Examining the unique contribution of workplace experiences”
Samantha Melvin ’13 (Columbia U), Kelsey Repka (Columbia U), Maria Castaner (Columbia U), Kimberly Noble (Columbia U), Helena Duch (Columbia U)

“An Integrated school readiness intervention: feasibility, fidelity, and implications for child outcomes”
Maria Castaner (Columbia U), Samantha Melvin ’13 (Columbia U), Kimberly Noble (Columbia U), Helena Duch (Columbia U)

“Teacher Stress and Curriculum Fidelity: Adherence to an Integrated School Readiness Intervention in Head Start Classrooms”
Kelsey Repka (Columbia U), Maria Castaner (Columbia U), Samantha Melvin ’13 (Columbia U), Kimberly Noble (Columbia U), Helena Duch (Columbia U)

“Representing magnitude to support arithmetic learning: Can linear cues of magnitude help?”
Joanna Schiffman ’11 (Boston College), Elida Laski (Boston College)

“Developmental Change in Magnitude Knowledge due to Familiarity with Numbers, Not Understanding of Scale”
Elida Laski (Boston College), Joanna Schiffman ’11 (Boston College)

“Exploratory Play in Preschoolers: Relating Play to Socioeconomic-Status, Cognition, and Neural Connectivity”
Julia Leonard ’11 (MIT), Rachel Romeo (Harvard U), Allyson Mackey (UPenn), Megumi Takada (MIT), Sydney Robinson (MIT), John Gabrieli (MIT), Laura Schulz (MIT)

“Cognitive and Neural Correlates of Mathematical Reasoning Differ by Math Proficiency”
Megumi Takada (MIT), Julia Leonard ’11 (MIT), Rachel Romeo (Harvard U), Sydney Robinson (MIT), Allyson Mackey (UPenn), John Gabrieli (MIT)

“Children’s Language Exposure Predicts Neural Structure and Function During Language Processing, Independent of SES”
Rachel Romeo (Harvard U), Julia Leonard ’11 (MIT), Sydney Robinson (MIT), Joshua Segaran (MIT), Meredith Rowe (Harvard U), Allyson Mackey (UPenn), John Gabrieli (MIT)

“How do Young Children Learn the Meanings of Number Words? New Insights from Training Studies”
Dominic Gibson’10 (U Chicago), Talia Berkowitz (U Chicago), Susan Levine (U Chicago)

“Math Anxiety and Parents’ Use of Number Words With Their Children”
Talia Berkowitz (U Chicago), Dominic Gibston ’10 (U Chicago), Joseph Monahan (U Chicago), Susan Levine (U Chicago)

“Eye movements provide insight into the development of analogical reasoning”
Ariel Starr ’07(UC Berkeley), Michael Vendetti (UC Berkeley), Mahesh Srinivasan (UC Berkeley), Silvia Bunge (UC Berkeley)

Former Shusterman lab coordinators Talia Berkowitz and Jessica Taggart, and former postdocs Mariah Schug and Emily Slusser also presented work at the conference:

“When There’s a Will and a Way: Does Children’s Enjoyment of ‘Just Thinking’ Depend on Contextual Framing and Executive Function?”
Jessica Taggart (UVA), Erin Westgate (UVA), Angeline Lillard (UVA), Timothy Wilson (UVA)

“Home Television Viewing and Children’s Empathy and Social Skills”
Jessica Taggart (UVA), Sierra Eisen (UVA), Angeline Lillard (UVA)

“Experience and Spatial Cognition: Childhood Navigational Experience Predicts Scores on the Mental Rotation Task in Two Societies”
Mariah Schug (Widener University), Erica Barhorst (U of Utah), Helen Davis (U of Utah), Jeanine Stefanucci (U of Utah), Sarah Creem-Regehr (U of Utah), Anna Olsen (U of the France Islands), Elizabeth Cashdan (U of Utah)

“Children’s Early Understanding of Number Words in Novel Contests”
Emily Slusser (San Jose State U), Tawni Stoop ’15, Angela Lo (Tufts U), Anna Shusterman

The Cognitive Development Labs presented two posters at Psychonomic Society’s 57th Annual Meeting in Boston. The conference was held from November 17th – 20th. BA/MA student Sheri Reichelson (below) presented work done in collaboration with current lab coordinator Alexandra Zax, former lab coordinator Lonnie Bass, and Professors Andrea Patalano and Hilary Barth entitled “Does the Arbitrary Grouping of Physical Options influence Children’s and Adults’ Choices?” This is Reichelson’s masters project. Professor Hilary Barth (not pictured) also presented her poster, “Do biases in quantity judgments reveal optimal cognitive processing?”

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On July 28th, undergraduate researchers from the Cognitive Development Labs presented their summer projects at Wesleyan University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session.

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Ray Peters ’18, Lizzie Shackney ’17, Jamie Hom ’17, and Meghana Kandlur ’18 present their poster, “Partition Dependence in Hypothetical Financial Aid Allocations.”

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Blue Lab post-doc Pierina Cheung speaks with an interested visitor about Sifana Sohail’s ’17 (not pictured) poster, “Children’s Understanding of Counting Errors.”

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Kerry Brew ’18 presents her poster, “Demand Characteristics in Child Minimal Group Experiments.”

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Lab Coordinator Ali Zax and Maxine Lai ’17 present their poster, “Do number line estimates depend on numerical magnitude representations?”

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Megan Dolan ’17 presents her poster, “Socioemotional Skills and the RULER at Kindergarten Kickstart.”

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.”

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

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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.”

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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.

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

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