Department of Psychology
The University of Houston
126 Heyne Building
Houston, TX 77204-5522
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Hanako Yoshida, Ph.D.

Hanako Yoshida

Associate Professor
Director of
Cognitive Development Lab
Developmental Psychology
Ph.D., Indiana University

Cognitive Development Lab

Heyne Building, Room 239C
Lab: 713-743-4876

Research Interests

  • Language and cognitive development


  • Developmental Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Foundation of Cognitive Psychology
  • Foundation of Developmental Psychology

Selected Publications

Yoshida, H. & Hanania, R. (2012). If it's red, it's not Vap: How competitions among words may benefit early word learning. First Language 33(1), 3 - 19.

Yoshida, H. & Burling J. M. (2012). Highlighting: a mechanism relevant for word learning. Frontiers in Psychology 3:262.

Yoshida, H. (2012). A cross-linguistic study of sound symbolism in children’s verb learning. Journal of Cognition and Development, 13(2), 232–265.

Yoshida, H., Tran, D. N., Benitez, V., & Kuwabara, M. (2011). Inhibition and Adjective Learning in Bilingual and Monolingual Children. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 2, 1-14.

Yoshida, H. & Burling, J. (2011) A New perspective on Embodied Social Attention (special issue: Embodiment and Development. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 15 535-552.

Yoshida, H. & Smith, L. B. (2008). What's in View for Toddlers? Using a Head Camera to Study Visual Experience. Infancy, 13(3) 229-248.

Yoshida, H. & Smith, L. B. (2005). Linguistic cues enhance the learning of perceptual cues. Psychological Science, 16 (2) 90 – 95.

Yoshida, H. & Smith, L. B. (2003). Shifting Ontological Boundaries: How Japanese- and English-speaking children generalize names for animals and artifacts. Developmental Science, 6 (1), 1-17.

Yoshida, H. & Smith, L. B. (2003). Correlation, concepts and cross-linguistic differences. Developmental Science, 6 (1) 30-34.

Yoshida, H. & Smith, L. B. (2003). Known and novel noun extensions: Attention at two levels of abstraction. Child Development, 76 (2) 564-577

Smith, L. B., Jones, S.S., Yoshida, H., & Colunga, E. (2003). Whose DAM account? Attentional learning explains Booth and Waxman. Cognition, 87 209 – 213.

Smith, L. B., Colunga, E., & Yoshida, H. (2003). Making an Ontology: Cross-linguistic Evidence In Oakes, L. & Rakison, D. (Eds.) Early Category and Concept Development Making Sense of the Blooming, Buzzing Confusion. (pp. 275-302) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Yoshida, H. & Smith, L. B. (2001). Early noun lexicons in English and Japanese. Cognition, 82 63-74.