I teach a number of courses for the Psychology Department from year-to-year. These include:
  • Infant Development (31:118) This course is an upper level undergraduate course intended to cover all aspects of the first two years of life (including the prenatal period). We cover physical, neural, visual, cognitive, linguistic and social development, with an emphasis on experimental work, developmental mechanism, and how we know what we know about infants. This course is taught from a developmental science perspective and often stresses the questions rather than the answers.

  • Laboratory in Psychology (31:121) In this upper level undergraduate course, students envision, design and carry out an entire experiment on perception. Themed around perceptual categorization, students lead every aspect of the project: coming up with the ideas, generating the stimuli, collecting the data and analyzing the results. A time-intensive, but rewarding course for anyone considering a career in research.

  • Developmental Science Proseminar (31:210) This graduate course turns development on its head! Rather than teaching development as a series of domain-specific units (e.g. language development, cognitive development), this course is focused around mechanism. Each semester we examine three mechanisms of development. Things like the role of the caregiver, spontaneous (random) activity, contingency & expectation or online problemsolving. Within each mechanism we cover a range of developmental phenomenon where this mechanism manifests itself, phenomemon like neural organization, motor control, language, vision, cognition and social behavior.

  • Summer Workshop on the Practice of Connectionism This summer workshop (intended for graduate students) taught participants how to program their own connectionist networks (AKA neural networks) from scratch using Matlab. Students learned hebbian learning, kohonen networks, the delta-rule and backpropagation, and simple-recurrent networks.


My research program is driven by my students. Undergraduates, graduates, even alumni play an important role in all aspects of my research program. You can see the complete group at the MACLab site. I am currently mentoring five graduate students and one post-doc on a variety of projects in language, cognition and development.

    Current Students

  • Marcus Galle (Texas A&M University): Developmental Science Area, Psychology Dept. Development of speech perception, realtime processing of speech.
  • Effie Kapnoula (University of Athens): Cognition and Perception Area, Psychology Dept. Word learning, inhibition, individual differences in speech perception.
  • Kayleen Hannaway (Vanderbilt University): Neuroscience Program. Neuroscience of speech perception and word recognition.
  • Michelle Quinn (University of Iowa): Communication Science and Disorders Program. Individual differences and language impairment. Effect of expertise on spoken word recognition
  • Current Post-Doc

  • Ariane Rhone (Maryland): Neuroscience of Speech perception. Audio-visual speech perception. Electro-corticography.
  • Former Students and Post-Docs

  • Shannon Ross-Sheehy (Post-doc): Currently Research Scientist, University of Iowa
  • Kristine Kovack-Lesh (Developmental Science, Psychology; Co-advised with Lisa Oakes): Currently Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Ripon University
  • Gwyneth Rost (Communication Sciences and Disorders; Primary Advisor: Karla McGregor): Currently Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Univerisity of Massachusetts.
  • Jessica Horst (Developmental Science, Psychology; Primary Advisor: Larissa Samuelson): Currently Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Sussex.
  • Joseph Toscano (Cognition and Perception, Psychology): Currently Beckman Fellow, University of Illinois.
  • Cheyenne Munson (Cognition and Perception, Psychology): Currently Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, University of Illinois.
  • Ashley Farris-Trimble (Post-doc): Currently Assistant Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University.
  • Keith Apfelbaum (Cognition and Perception, Psychology): Currently Post-doctoral fellow, The Ohio State University.
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