- Areas of Speciality
- Faculty Advisor
- Rob Heffer & Rebecca Brooker
- Graduate Assistant - Teaching
I am broadly interested in both behavioral and neurological development throughout childhood, specifically within the first two years of life. My current research focuses on the development of functional categorization in infancy. My lab uses a neuroimaging technique called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure the hemodynamic response in the infant’s cortex while they view novel stimuli. In addition to imaging, we also use eye tracking and behavioral measurements to assess development from multiple domains. In the future I hope to expand this research to include infants that are at a higher risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and to conduct cross-cultural research on infant development.