Rebecca Gomez

Rebecca Gomez

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Student Success



Professor, Cognition/Neural Systems

Director, Child Cognition Lab


BA 1985 Philosophy, New Mexico State University
MA 1989 Experimental Psychology, New Mexico State University
Ph.D. 1995 Experimental Psychology, New Mexico State University


Psychology 442


Research Interests: 

  • Studying infant and child language acquisition
  • Investigating how sleep impacts learning and memory in infants and young children
  • Understanding developmental cognitive neuroscience

I study how infants, children and adults learn language; how their learning is improved by sleep; how they connect learning experiences across time and how the developing brain supports language acquisition.  

I also study the memory processes that enable learners to update their memories with new information. Many of these processes are used throughout the lifespan so I conduct studies with learners of different ages to better understand how memory processes are supported by the brain and how they change with development.