Dr. Yoshida is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her central research focuses on language learning mechanisms creating highly specialized learning processes and the cognitive consequences of the language learning. The core idea behind her research is that these specialized learning processes are derived from domain-general mechanisms and the process involving the fine-tuning and contextual cueing of attention to aspects of the learning environment. Dr. Yoshida studies these processes by studying young children learning different language(s). Her work provides insight into questions of how early learning interacts with regularities in the world, and how this relation feeds into self-sustaining learning.
Areas: Cognitive development (word/language learning, bilingual cognition, cross-linguistic comparison with children's category learning)
Postdoctoral Students and Graduate Students
I am the first-year graduate student in the cognitive development lab. I am interested in the relationship between cognitive development and language learning. Specifically, I focus on the influences of dual/multi-language learning on cognitive flexibility and attention allocation during social interaction.
Graduate Student Alumni
Joseph received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program) at the University of Houston in May 2015. Upon graduation, Joseph accepted a post-doctoral position at UCLA in the Computational Vision and Learning Lab. While at the lab, Joseph investigated cognitive factors that lead to the attentional development.
Crystal received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program) at the University of Houston in May 2015. She is an assistant professor of Psychology at University of St. Thomas.
Beth received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program) at the University of Houston in December 2013. She is an assistant professor of Psychology at Texas Lutheran University.
My primary reason for joining the lab was to work with an active research group and engage in the practice of cognitive development. My research interests focus on brain development and attentiveness during learning. I am eager to learn about cognitive simulations and modeling to help provide insight on early learning.
I joined the Cognitive Development Lab in order to further my understanding of what goes into research in psychology. I hope to go to graduate school for Clinical Psychology, where I will be trained as both a clinician and researcher, and with the experience I gain here I can go into it with extensive experience in the research process. I also look forward to learning about cognitive development and broadening my knowledge within the field of psychology.
Spurred by a fascination of the process of word-learning in children, I joined the Cognitive Development Lab. As a research assistant, I hope to gain practical experience as I learn more about the language development in children. I am particularly interested in the means children comprehend and form sentences. In the future, I plan to apply my experience and understanding of children as I head to medical school, specializing in pediatrics.
I joined the UH Cognitive Development Lab in hopes of getting hands-on experience in research. I am interested in the pediatrics side of the medical field, so being part of the Cognitive Development Lab is not only a way for me to learn more about cognitive science, but is also an opportunity for me to work with children. My research interests include learning about how maternal depression affects word learning and how autistic children learn.
I joined the Cognitive Development Lab because I was interested in how the visual search performance of children is connected to their early learning. I hope to gain valuable research experience and learn more about what contributes to children’s word learning. As an aspiring optometrist, I believe the knowledge I gain will deepen my understanding of vision and its impact on cognitive development..
JUWAYRIYAH (SANA) GUNESHI
Previous experience as a volunteer at Texas Children’s Hospital sparked a love and interest in working with children and making them smile. Combining this interest with my interest in neurology and cognitive development, the UH Cognitive Development Lab proved to be an excellent candidate in which I can learn more about brain development in children. This lab will allow me to gain experience and apply research methods as well learn more about children so that I may one day become a caring physician in the field of pediatrics or pediatric neurosurgery.
K. KELLY MEINE
FRANCISCA (FRANKIE) TORRES
LINDA B. SMITH, PH.D.
Chancellor's Professor Of Psychology
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