Cognitive Development & Learning Lab


Research projects conducted in my lab are focused on the development of learning and cognitive processes during the infancy and early childhood years.

In general, we are interested in the development and relationship between two types of learning in young children: Supervised, hypothesis-testing learning and nonsupervised, implicit learning. 

Specific issues that we are pursuing include:

  1. (1)identifying conditions under which lower-level implicit learning processes may substitute for apparent hypothesis-driven learning;

  1. (2)establishing the developmental onset, progression, and integration of lower- and higher-level forms of learning;

  1. (3)determining whether implicit learning is a unitary, domain-general phenomenon or consists of separable types; and,

  1. (4)determining whether individual differences in implicit learning processes offer unique contributions to educational achievement. 


Research Interests