Studies About How Infants Learn New Words

We explore how the sound of words affect how easy it is to learn what words mean.  We show infants different made-up objects matched with new labels and measure what children learn about them.  We measure learning by monitoring their attention to the labels and objects.

Studies About How Infants Learn to be Flexible in Recognizing Words

We explore how the sound of words affect how easy it is to recognize the word and object.  We show infants set of pictures and he/she’ll hear a request to look at one of two objects shown on the screen at the front of the room.

Studies About How Infants Identify Words

These studies are about how infants identify individual words in fluent streams of speech based on how consistently sounds go together.  We give infants two to five minutes of exposure to a speech stream of made-up new words and then measure their response to the new sounds sequences.

Studies About Connection Between Statistical Learning and Vocabulary Development

These experiments are motivated by the hypothesis that statistical learning about sounds lays a foundation for word learning. Thus, infants’ ability to track statistical regularities may affect the ability to build a vocabulary. This research examines the relation between individual differences in infants’ vocabulary development and individual differences in statistical learning.