December 6, 2013 - 10:15am
Dan Brooks has received the Brenda A. Milner Award from Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. This award recognizes the ...
November 8, 2013 - 10:45am
Adam Steinmetz has been selected as a recipient of a 2013 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award. This award will help support Adam's dissertation research on ...
September 27, 2013 - 3:30pm
President Sally Mason visited the Department on September 23rd. The tour of facilities focused on the state of labs and classrooms in Seashore Hall, along with graduate student offices. ...
Attention, parents: The messier your child gets while playing with food in the high chair, the more he or she is learning.
In a paper published in the journal Developmental Science, Larissa Samuelson, Lynn Perry, and Johanna Burdinie studied how 16-month-old children learn words for nonsolid objects, from oatmeal to glue. Previous research has shown that toddlers learn more readily about solid objects because they can easily identify them due to their unchanging size and shape. But oozy, gooey, runny stuff? Not so much. Samuelson's new research shows that changes if you put toddlers in a setting they know well, such as shoving stuff in their mouths while sitting in a high chair. In those instances, word learning increases, because children at that age are “used to seeing nonsolid things in this context, when they’re eating,” says Larissa Samuelson, associate professor in psychology at the UI. “And, if you expose them to these things when they’re in a highchair, they do better. They're familiar with the setting and that helps them remember and use what they already know about nonsolids.”More »