Ph.D. Candidate, Kent State University
My research focuses on language development in young children. Some of my research questions include:
1) what types of strategies do children use when learning new words?
2) do children recognize that a name learned for a visual object also applies to that object when encountered in a different sensory modality (e.g., tactilely)?
3) are children aware of their own linguistic knowledge?
4) is this knowledge related to their word-learning behavior?
and 5) do children form expectations about what will occur during different communicative interactions, and when do these expectations develop?
Another line of research that I am involved in focuses on children’s understanding of various number concepts (e.g., cardinality, ordinality, estimation). I am currently investigating the extent to which training/feedback on these concepts may help children improve their understanding of number.
Other areas of interest: Autism and other developmental disorders, Sensory integration and cross-modal recognition, Theory of Mind, Creativity, Perception
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