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

Abdel-Aziz, A., Kover, S., Wagner, M., & Naigles, L. (2018). The shape bias in children with ASD: Potential sources of individual differences. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 2685-2702. https://doi.org/10.1044/2018_JSLHR-L-RSAUT-18-0027

Bryant, L. J., & Cuevas, K. (2019). Effects of active and observational experience on EEG activity during early childhood. Psychophysiology, 56, e13360. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13360

Carrigan, E. M., & Coppola, M. (2017). Successful communication does not drive language development: Evidence from adult homesign. Cognition, 158, 10-27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2016.09.012

Flannery, K. M., & Smith, R. L. (2017). The effects of age, gender, and gender role ideology on adolescents' social perspective-taking ability and tendency in friendships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34, 617-635. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407516650942

Perdue, M. V., Mascheretti, S., Kornilov, S. A., Jasińska, K. K., Ryherd, K., Einar Mencl, W., … Landi, N. (2019). Common variation within the SETBP1 gene is associated with reading-related skills and patterns of functional neural activation. Neuropsychologia, 130, 44-51. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.07.015

Suanda, S. H., Barnhart, M., Smith, L. B., & Yu, C. (2019). The signal in the noise: the visual ecology of parents' object naming. Infancy, 24, 455-476. https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12278

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