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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”

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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!

The Cognitive Development Labs presented two posters at Cognitive Development Society’s Biennial Meeting in Portland, Oregon. The conference was held from October 12th – 14th. The Cognitive Development Labs were represented by former lab coordinator, Alexandra Zax, current lab coordinators, Katie Williams and Sona Kumar, BA/MA student Natalie May, and Faculty members Hilary Barth, Anna Shusterman, and Chenmu (Julia) Xing.

Ali CDS Poster 2017

Former lab coordinator Alexandra Zax (above) presented  “Digit identity strongly influences numerical estimates in adults and children” with Professor Hilary Barth. This work was done in collaboration with Maxine Lai (’17).

Julia CDS Poster 2017

Post-doc Chenmu (Julia) Xing presented “Proportion Estimation Strategy in Number line Estimation and Non-Verbal Numerical Acuity Correlate with Math Ability in 6- to 8-Year-Olds”. This work was done in collaboration with former lab coordinators, Alexandra Zax, llona Bass, and Jessica Taggart, Wesleyan alum Emilie George, and Professors Andrea Patalano and Hilary Barth.

Blue Lab Director Anna Shusterman gave a talk as part of a symposium on the development of spatial reorientation. Her talk was titled “Children’s use of asymmetry and illusory depth as cues for reorientation”

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

“Exploring links among subjective social status, prefrontal cortex structure and cognitive skills in children”
Pooja Desai (Columbia U), Xiaofu he (Columbia U), Elaine Maskus ’15 (Columbia U), Emily Merz (Columbia U), Kimberly Noble (Columbia U)

“Children’s use of asymmetry and illusory depth as cues for reorientation”
John Pacheco (Wesleyan U), Andrew Ribner ’14 (NYU), Anna Shusterman (Wesleyan U), Julian Waddell (Wesleyan U)

“Executive function facilitates learning from math instruction”  Clancy Blair (NYC), Andrew Ribner ’14 (NYU), Michael Willoughby (RTI)

“Children use labels, but not discrete boundaries or stability over time, as cues to essentialize a novel category”
Rebecca Lange ’13 (Tufts U), Paul Muentener (Tufts U)

“‘Because it’s a girl thing’: Four-year-old children offer situational explanations for gender-stereotypical behavior”
Rebecca Lange ’13 (Tufts U), Paul Muentener (Tufts U)

“The roles of visuospatial memory and arithmetic strategy choice on arithmetic accuracy”
David Geary (U Missouri), Elida Laski (Boston College), Joanna Schiffman ’11 (Boston College)

“How an understanding of layers unfolds: A new mental folding task for young children”
Jacob Butts (U Chicago), Alana Foley (U Chicago), Susan Levine (U Chicago), Joanna Schiffman ’11 (Boston College)

“Preschoolers rationally deploy effort in social learning and collaborative contexts”
Mary DePascale (MIT), Max Kleinman-Weiner (MIT), Julia Leonard ’11 (MIT), Rachel Magid (MIT), Laura Schulz (MIT), Josh Tenenbaum (MIT)

“Children rely on hand configuration rather than number when labeling number gestures”
Talia Berkowitz (U Chicago), Jacob Butts (U Chicago), Dominic Gibson ’10 (U Chicago), Susan Goldin-Meadow (U Chicago), Susan Levine (U Chicago)

“Is math anxiety associated with math achievement over and above number line estimation in early elementary school?”
Sian Beilock (U Chicago), Talia Berkowitz (U Chicago), Susan Levine (U Chicago), Nancy Pantoja (U Chicago), Chris Rozek (U Chicago), Marjorie Schaeffer (U Chicago)

“Spatial language promotes cross-magnitude associations in early childhood”
Mahesh Srinivasan (UC Berkley), Ariel Starr ’07 (UC Berkley)

“Do Re Metaphor: Spatial metaphor provides an advantage for learning pitch words”
Alagia Cirolia (UC Berkley), Mahesh Srinivasan (UC Berkley), Ariel Starr ’07 (UC Berkley)

“The Real Thing: Preschoolers prefer actual activities to pretend ones”
Megan Heise (U Virginia), Angeline Lillard (U Virginia), Jessica Taggart (U Virginia)

“Emotion Regulation in Preschoolers: Comparing pretend play to another activity”
Gabrielle Cardwell (U Virginia), Megan Heise (U Virginia), Angeline Lillard (U Virginia), Jessica Taggart (U Virginia)

WesReunion

A big thank you to Andrew Ribner for organizing a reunion at CDS for former and current members of the Wesleyan Cognitive Development Labs!

 

On July 11th, the Cognitive Development Labs hosted the annual Small Liberal Arts Conference, a gathering of small developmental psychology labs across the Northeast. Special thanks to the labs at Amherst College, Barnard College, Smith College, Wellesley College, and College of the Holy Cross for joining us and sharing their research!

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.”

Lab Photo Spring '17

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

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