Director

HANAKO YOSHIDA, PH.D.

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 cuing 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.

Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Hanako Yoshida

Area: Cognitive development (word/language learning, bilingual cognition, cross-linguistic comparison with children's category learning)

yoshida@uh.edu

Hanako Yoshida

Graduate Students

CRYSTAL D. TRAN

I am interested in the cognitive processes of executive function, bilingualism, attentional learning, mutual exclusivity and their implications concerning word learning and academic achievement. Furthermore, I am currently collecting international and regional data for a longitudinal study concerning the effects of cross-cultural languages and its implications on cognitive control, as well as the trajectory changes in vocabulary development and attention.

Curriculum Vitae of Crystal D. Tran

Crystal Tran

JOSEPH M. BURLING

I am interested in how the ordering of perceptual information influences learning and decision making across multiple timescales. I'm currently working on research projects that investigate cognitive factors that lead to the rapid shifting of attention between perceptual features, especially when considering an individual's prior knowledge. Computational simulations and cognitive modeling help me to guide my research in understanding the mechanisms underlying child development.

Curriculum Vitae of Joseph M. Burling

Joseph Burling

BETH WOODS

My primary research interests are in the development of language and learning. More specifically, I am interested in the cognitive mechanisms associated with lexical processing in monolingual and bilingual children.

Curriculum Vitae of Beth Woods

Beth Woods

CRAIG VAN PAY

I am primarily interested in language development and the influences that learning certain languages may have on cognitive development. More specifically, I am looking to discover how the structure, regularities, and differences that exist in various languages may influence the way a language-learner perceives his or her world, thinks about categories, objects and actions, and how the language he or she is learning or speaks changes other aspects of cognitive function and development.

Curriculum Vitae of Craig Van Pay

Craig Van Pay

Research Assistants

AUDREY UTTI

I joined the Cognitive Development Lab because I knew it would offer me an invaluable opportunity to be exposed to research involving children and specific aspects of their cognition. I have a keen interest in the development of visual perception and attention allocation during learning. I am eager to grow as a scientist, learn new things, and become better prepared for graduate studies.

ASHLEY OLVERA

I had an interest in joining the Cognitive Development Lab because I believe it is an excellent opportunity to explore and gain hands on experience in the field of psychology. It will be exciting to be a part of the research that takes place in understanding children’s language and how it relates to their cognition. This valuable experience as a research assistant will further my knowledge of psychology and better prepare me for the graduate years ahead.

STACI OUCH

I am interested in examining the effects that bilingualism and culture have on cognitive processes such as executive function, abstract thinking, and memory. I also hope to gain hands on experience by working at the Cognitive Development Lab as a research assistant. I plan on utilizing this knowledge and experience acquired from this lab to further my career in becoming an adept clinician in the field of psychology.

HASINA MOMIN

I joined the Cognitive Development Lab in hopes of gaining valuable research experience for my career. My research interests focus on adolescent brian development and how this impacts their behavior, specifically aggression. Therefore, I am pursuing a career in the field of School Psychology. This lab can aid my career goals by providing insight on brain development and helping me build research skills.

REBECCA WEST

I am currently interested in traumatic brain injury recovery and the cognitive benefits of exercise and hope to one day become a neuroscience teacher and researcher. I joined the lab because I wanted to gain research experience; so far I have gained a greater understanding of cognitive development in children and have expanded on the skills I will need for graduate studies.

TAYLOR BASS

I joined the Cognitive Development Lab to combine my interests in psychology and linguistics. I am interested in child language acquisition, particularly in the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, and the effects in children with neurological and learning disorders. The experience in the lab will hopefully inform future practices in teaching language and literacy as well as prepare me for graduate work in clinical psychology in child and adolescent psychopathology.

JADE BAILEY

Being a communication science and disorders major, I joined the lab in hopes that this will better prepare me for future graduate research. I have a strong desire to work with children and I am interested specifically in the early social aspects of language development which contribute to the effective communication of both children and adults. I believe that in order to diagnose a disorder of language, a full understanding of early language development is essential and I think this lab will give me hands on experience of proper research techniques and will be a fantastic head start into my field.

Lab Alumni

DAYANA FERRERA

In Fall 2008, Dayana entered a masters program in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Dayana worked on projects concerning Argentinian bilinguals and learning.

Dayana Ferrera

NATHAN NGUYEN

In Fall 2013, Nathan entered a masters program in Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Houston Clear Lake. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Nathan worked on projects concerning Vietnamese bilinguals learning.

Nathan Nguyen

JENNIFER SAMUEL

In Fall 2012, Jennifer entered a post- baccalaureate program in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Houston. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Jennifer worked on projects looking at infant learning and the effect repeating environments have on learning.

Jennifer Samuel

CHERILYN ONG

In Fall 2013, Cherilyn entered a masters program in Occupational Health Therapy at Texas Women's Univeristy. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Cherilyn worked on projects looking at infant learning and the effect repeating environments have on learning.

Cherilyn Ong

ALICIA SAN MIGUEL

In Fall 2013, Alicia entered a doctoral program at Washington University. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Alicia worked on projects concerning bilingualism.

Alicia San Miguel

MARY FRANK

I joined the Cognitive Developmental lab to gain valuable experience in the research environment, as well as further my knowledge in the field of psychology. I am particularly interested in cognitive-behavioral psychology and find early development to be especially interesting. Through the lab, I hope to expand my understanding of how children develop mentally and perceive the environment around them.

Mary Frank

LAUREN MINEFEE

In Fall 2012, Lauren entered a master’s program in School Psychology at the University of Minnesota. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Lauren managed the lab while assisting with several projects.

Lauren

MARIA ARREDONDO

In Fall 2011, Maria entered a doctoral program in Developmental Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Maria worked on projects concerning the developmental trend of executive function among bilingual and monolingual children from various cultural backgrounds.

Maria Arredondo

KEVIN DARBY

In Fall 2011, Kevin entered a doctoral program in Developmental Psychology at the Ohio State University. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Kevin was involved in projects concerning the effects of previous perceptual and categorical learning on current information processing and attention allocation.

Kevin Darby

JAYMIE ALLEN

In Fall 2011, Jaymie entered a master’s program in School Psychology at the University of Houston—Clear Lake. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Jaymie worked on projects concerning saliency cues and attentional word learning patterns among children from different language learning environments, including children with Autism.

Jaymie Allen

LAUREN McELROY

In Fall 2010, Lauren entered a Master of Science program in Social Work (clinical concentration) at the University of Texas at Austin. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Lauren worked on projects exploring the role of object similarity in adjective learning.

Lauren

VIRIDIANA BENITEZ

In Fall 2008, Viridiana entered a doctoral program in Developmental Psychology at Indiana University. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Viridiana worked on projects concerning the effect of redundancy in early learning.

Viridiana Benitez

MARIA GUERRERO

In Fall 2008, Maria entered a M.A./LPC program in Psychology and Counseling at the University of Mary Hardin—Baylor. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Maria worked on projects concerning how children learning multiple languages have different word learning processes.

Maria Guerrero

NADEEN MOGHRABI

In Fall 2010, Nadeen entered a master’s program in Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. While at the Cognitive Development Lab, Nadeen worked on projects concerning the role of attentional switching in novel word mapping among monolingual and bilingual children.

Collaborators

LINDA B. SMITH, PH.D.

Chancellor's Professor Of Psychology, 
Department Of Psychology And Brain Sciences Chair

http://www.indiana.edu/~cogdev/people.html

Linda Smith

CHEN YU, PH.D.

Associate Professor of Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University 

http://www.indiana.edu/~dll/people.html

Chen Yu

POORNA KUSHALNAGAR, PH.D.

Dr. Kushalnagar completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Houston. She was awarded a two-year NIH Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research and NIH Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Award to support her postdoctoral research training with the Seattle Quality of Life group at the University of Washington. She is the project co-investigator for Texas site, where she conducts assessment of quality of life study with deaf youths from Spanish speaking families. Dr. Kushalnagar also collaborates on Dr. Yoshida's head camera research project with young deaf children.

Area: Neurocognitive and quality of life outcomes among deaf and hard of hearing children; early cognitive development (attention and executive function)

Poorna K