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The Cognitive Development Labs presented two posters at the 2019 CDS Biennial meeting held October 17th – 19th in Louisville, Kentucky. The labs were represented by Yellow Lab Members Sophie Charles ’20, lab alum Kerry Brew (BA ’18, MA ’19), lab coordinator Katherine Williams, former lab coordinator Alexandra Zax, and lab director Professor Hilary Barth.

Kerry Brew (BA ’18, MA ’19) and Professor Hilary Barth presented their work “Do Demand Characteristics Contribute to Minimal Ingroup Bias”. This work was done in collaboration with lab alums Taylar Clark (’19) and Jordan Feingold-Link (’17).

Sophie Charles ’20, current lab coordinator Katherine Williams, and former lab coordinator Alexandra Zax presented their work “The role of digit identity in 5- to 8-year-olds’ numerical estimates”. This work was done in collaboration with Professor Hilary Barth.

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

Former Blue Lab Member Vivian Liu ’19 (NYU) gave a talk titled “What can we tell Children to improve their attitudes toward low-status groups”.

“Children’s perception of group membership-based transgressions” Vivian Liu ’19 (NYU) and Andrei Cimpian (NYU)

“Mapping among number words, number gestures, and nonsymbolic quantities”
Dominic Gibson ‘10 (U Chicago), Jake Butts (U Chicago), Susan Goldin-Meadow (U Chicago), and Susan Levine (U Chicago)

 “The role of causal theories of body size in the development of anti-fat bias” Rebecca Peretz-Lange ’13 (Tufts U) and Paul Muentener (Tufts U)

“Examining the roles of children’s attention and parent0child interaction quality on changes in children’s expressive vocabulary” Brianna McMillan (Temple U), Lillian Masek (Temple U), Sarah Paterson (Temple U), Andrew Ribner ’14 (U Pittsburgh), Roberta Golinkoff (U Delaware), Clancy Blair (NYU), and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Temple U)

“Exploring effects of an early math intervention: The importance of parent-child interaction” Andrew Ribner ‘14 (U Pittsburgh), Alex Silver (U Pittsburgh), Leanne Elliott (U Pittsburgh), and Melissa Libertus (U Pittsburgh)

“Let me do it myself: the relationship between intrusive behavior in adults and young children’s persistence” Julia Leonard ’11 (U Pennsylvania), Dominique Martinez (U Pennsylvania), Samantha Dashineau (Villanova), and Allyson Mackey (U Pennsylvania)

“Attentiveness and involvement in parent effortful behavior relates to children’s persistence” Dominique Martinez (U Pennsylvania), Julia Leonard ‘11 (U Pennsylvania), and Allyson Mackey (U Pennsylvania)

“Spatial metaphors facilitate word learning” Ariel Starr ’07 (U Washington), Alagia Cirolia (U California, Berkeley), and Mahesh Srinivasan (U California, Berkley)

“Relational reasoning is among the cognitive abilities that predict fraction understanding” Elena Leib (U California, Berkley), Ariel Starr ‘07 (U Washington), Jessica Wise Younger (U California, San Francisco), Melina Uncapher (U California, San Francisco), Silvia Bunge (U California, Berkley), and Project iLEAD Network

Former lab coordinators Jessica Taggart, Talia Berkowitz, Ilona Bass, and Sona Kumar, and former postdoc Emily Slusser also presented work at the conference:

“The influence of visualizing the group on children’s beliefs about group membership in STEM” Sona Kumar (Boston U), Samantha Barbero (Boston U), and Kathleen Corriveau (Boston U)

“Exploring parent-child math engagement in diverse populations” Nancy Pantoja (U Chicago), Emily Lyons (U Chicago), Talia Berkowitz (U Chicago), Christina Carrazza (U Chicago), Dominique Saviano (U Chicago), Karina Mojica (U Chicago), Lisa Rosen (U Chicago), and Susan Levine (U Chicago)

“Expectations about teaching styles shape inferences and exploration” Ilona Bass (Rutgers U), Patrick Shafto (Rutgers U), and Elizabeth Bonawitz (Rutgers U)

“Size versus number: Children’s early understanding of number words” Patrick Cravalho (San Jose State U), Sandra Arellano (San Jose State U), Giovanna De Leon (San Jose State U), Julia Doan (San Jose State U), Megan Foster (San Jose State U), Andrea Molina (San Jose State U), Adriana Montano (San Jose State U), and Emily Slusser (San Jose State U)

“Number understanding among Montessori preschool children” Abha Basargekar (U Virginia), Jessica Taggart (U Virginia), Dermina Vasc (U Virginia), and Angeline Lillard (U Virginia)

“Parents’ beliefs about the benefits of pretend play in early childhood” Jessica Taggart (U Virginia) and Angeline Lillard (U Virginia)

Dr. Hilary Barth and Dr. Andrea Patalano, faculty members in the Psychology Department, have received a major collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a new collaborative research project on numerical cognition. The grant will support behavioral research studies on children’s and adults’ understanding of, and judgments about, number and quantity.

Read more in the Wesleyan University newsletter: http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2019/07/17/barth-patalano-receive-1-09m-nsf-grant-to-support-numerical-cognition-research/?fbclid=IwAR2ghchBesGFnNBX2WUU59II9EIoLzpYOb-VJLlwUz2REf3hcsAurOceP54

Many congratulations to our senior lab members who graduated just a few weeks ago! We are so proud of their hard work and growth & they will be dearly missed. Congratulations to the class of 2019!

Graduating seniors from the Blue Lab: Kaila Scott ’19 & Rebecca Houston-Reed ’19

Graduating Seniors from the Yellow Lab: Kerry Brew MA ’19, Jenny Chelmow ’19 & Taylar Clark ’19

 

A special congratulations to Kerry Brew for defending her Master’s thesis on minimal in-group bias in children. Congratulations on a job well done, Kerry!

We are also very excited to congratulate postdoc Chenmu (Julia) Xing on her tenure-track position at Minot State University! Julia received her PhD at Teacher’s College before coming to Wesleyan for her postdoc with Dr. Hilary Barth and Dr. Andrea Patalano. Dr. Xing is a cognitive and educational psychologist interested in mathematical and numerical cognition and development, and educational applications in this domain.

On April 25th 122 undergraduates presented their research at Wesleyan University’s Psychology Department annual poster session. The Cognitive Development Labs were represented by eight lab members and presented a total of seven posters. Jenny Chelmow and Kaila Scott each presented their senior thesis research, and Kerry Brew presented her Master’s thesis! Congratulations to all for a job well done!

 

Blue Lab member Kaila Scott ’19 presents her poster, “The Intergenerational Transmission of Racial Attitudes Through Colorblind Parenting” in collaboration with Professor Anna Shusterman

 

Yellow Lab member Jenny Chelmow ’19 presents her poster, “How do preschoolers replicate proportions?” in collaboration with Professor Hilary Barth.

 

Yellow Lab member Katie Vasquez ’20 presents her poster, “Partition Dependence in Preschool Years: Evidence from a Single Choice Task” in collaboration with Professor Hilary Barth.

 

Yellow Lab member Esha Bhandari ’20 presents her poster, “Gender Differences in Digit Dependence in Numerical Estimation”. This work was done in collaboration with lab manager Katherine Williams, post-doc Chenmu (Julia) Xing, Taylar Clark ’19, and Professor Hilary Barth.

 

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

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.”

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