|Is speech a special sound for humans? What is it about language (and humans) that makes language acquisition a uniquely human accomplishment? Dr. Vouloumanos's research addresses these broad questions by exploring the linguistic and cognitive abilities of adults and young infants, including newborns. Her findings have been published in journals such as Science, Cognition, Developmental Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.|
|Andrea is a first year graduate student in the Cognition and Perception Program. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Andrea worked as a research assistant at Haskins Laboratories under Nicole Landi, Julia Irwin and Jonathan Preston where she used EEG/ERP to examine language functioning in special populations. Andrea is interested in speech perception, electrophysiology and the early identification of children who are at high risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. In her free time, Andrea enjoys cooking and hiking with her dog, Kayla.|
|Davie joins the lab as a postdoc with a PhD and BSc from Stanford, an MSc from the University of London, and training in ABA – each time focusing on how visual perception supports social cognitive development. Projects include: how infant perception and memory is influenced by biological motion, direct gaze, and pointing; what human facial features grab the attention of domesticated and nondomesticated canids; how children and adults from a remote tribe interpret visual symbolic materials; how individual differences in mutual gaze impact perceived sociality, and how the cortical face processing network develops in childhood. She is excited to join the autism study team and explore the city with her wondermutt, Rossi.|
|Peter graduated from Swarthmore College with a double major in Psychology and Film & Media Studies. He has experience working in children's media, education, and psychology. He is interested in what children understand about media, along with how media can best speak to children at different stages of development. As lab manager, he loves interacting with parents and children while exploring what infants understand about various communicative acts. He is deeply fond of Japanese green tea, old-timey pirates, and long-form improv.|
|Amy graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in English. She is interested in the concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis and how they pertain to the learning styles of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in ABA with a focus on Autism. Because she was born and raised in Southern California, she loves everything about the beach. She also enjoys cooking, watching movies, listening to music, reading, and dancing in her free time.|
Jennifer is a senior in the College of Arts and Science majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry. She is a pre-med student with hopes of becoming a pediatrician, although she believes pediatrics is one of medicine's most difficult fields. She finds working with children very enjoyable and is determined to better her understanding of children's communication. Born and raised in Queens, Jennifer is a fan of the NY Mets and loves to explore different cultural cuisines that New York has to offer.
|Greg is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science on the pre-medical track. Ever since four, he has dreamt of becoming a doctor. Because of his love for children and his past years shadowing in a Pediatric Emergency/Trauma Center, he plans to pursue pediatric emergency medicine. After working in a camp for children with disabilities, Greg has developed a passion and scientific interest in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Greg is interested in how different levels of risk for Autism can affect how an infant perceives or interprets sounds and faces. For fun, he enjoys playing the guitar, watching basketball and longboarding through the streets of New York.|
|Emily is a Masters student in the General Psychology Program. She graduated from Wright State University with a BS in Psychology and began her graduate school career at The Ohio State University before transferring to NYU. As an undergraduate student, Emily worked in a Behavioral Neuroscience lab under Dr. Gale Kleven where she used ultrasound visualizations for diagnosis of developmental disorders in animal models. Her interest remains in the early diagnosis of developmental disorders, with a focus on language development in children at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. In her free time, Emily enjoys playing and listening to all genres of music, watching movies, cooking, completing jigsaw puzzles, and exploring New York City.|