About Us

Developmental research areas and emphases include:

Language Acquisition (Coppola, Landi, Naigles, Suanda)

- Language development across the lifespan

- Cognitive and social processes in language acquisition

- Reading development

- Acquisition and emergence of language across cultures, languages, spoken and sign languages, and input conditions


Social, Communicative and Emotional Development across the lifespan (Green, Naigles, Smith, Sheya, Suanda)

- Pre-linguistic communication

- Friendships and peer relations

- Parent-infant and dyadic interactions

- Social-emotional adjustment in childhood and adolescence


Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Approaches in Typically Developing Children and in Children with Language Disorders or Autism Spectrum Disorder (Cuevas, Landi, Naigles)

- Neurogenetics

- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)

- Electroencephalography (EEG) / Event Related Potentials (ERP)

- Functional and Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI/sMRI)


Development of Basic and Higher Order Cognitive Processes (Coppola, Cuevas, Landi, Naigles, Sheya)

- Executive function

- Numeracy and number knowledge

- Concept and category learning

- Play

- Learning and memory

Recent Publications

Abney, D.H., Suanda, S.H., Smith, L.B., & Yu, C. (2020). What are the building blocks of parent-infant coordinated attention in free-flowing interaction? Infancy, 25, 871-887. https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12365

Boo, C., Alpers-Leon, N., McIntyre, N., Mundy, P., & Naigles, L. (2021). Conversation during a virtual reality task reveals new structural language profiles of children with ASD, ADHD, and Comorbid symptoms of both. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. (Online first) https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05175-6

Bryant, L.J., & Cuevas, K. (2021). The effects of reward on children’s Stroop performance: Interactions with temperament. Child Development. (Online first) doi: 10.1111/cdev.13671

Flannery, K.M., & Smith, R.L. (2021). Breaking up (with a friend) is hard to do: An examination of friendship dissolution among early adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1177/02724316211002266

Perdue, M.V., Mednick, J., Pugh, K. & Landi, N. (2020). Gray matter structure is associated with reading skill in typically developing young readers. Cerebral Cortex, 30, 5449-5459.  https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhaa126 

Richie, R., Hall, M., Cho, P.W., & Coppola, M. (2020). Converging evidence: Enhanced conventionalization of gestural referring expressions in richly-connected networks. Language Dynamics and Change, 10(2), 259-290. https://doi.org/10.1163/22105832-bja10008

Turvey, M.T., & Sheya, A. (2017). Non-obvious influences on perception-action abilities. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24, 1597-1603. https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13423-016-1223-2