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
- 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.