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People in the Lab

Director

HANAKO YOSHIDA, PH.D.

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Dr. Yoshida is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her central research focuses on language learning mechanisms creating highly specialized learning processes and the cognitive consequences of the language learning. The core idea behind her research is that these specialalized learning processes are derived from domain-general mechanisms and the process involving the fine-tuning and contextual cueing of attention to aspects of the learning environment. Dr. Yoshida studies these processes by studying young children learning different language(s). Her work provides insight into questions of how early learning interacts with regularities in the world, and how this relation feeds into self-sustaining learning.

Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Hanako Yoshida

Areas: Cognitive development (word/language learning, bilingual cognition, cross-linguistic comparison with children's category learning)

yoshida@uh.edu

Postdoctoral Students and Graduate Students

LICHAO SUN

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I am agraduate student in the Cognitive Development Lab. I am interested in the relationship between cognitive development and language learning. Specifically, I focus on the influences of dual/multi-language learning on cognitive flexibility and attention allocation during social interaction.

Curriculum Vitae of Lichao Sun

 

Graduate Student Alumni

JOSEPH BURLING

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Joseph received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program) at the University of Houston in May 2015. Upon graduation, Joseph accepted a post-doctoral position at UCLA in the Computational Vision and Learning Lab. While at the lab, Joseph investigated cognitive factors that lead to the attentional development.

CRYSTAL TRAN

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Assistant Professor at University of St. Thomas

Crystal received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program) at the University of Houston in May 2015. She is an assistant professor of Psychology at University of St. Thomas.

BETH WOODS

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Beth received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program) at the University of Houston in December 2013. She is an assistant professor of Psychology at Texas Lutheran University.

 

Research Assistants

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K. KELLY MEINE

Summer 2017 - Present
Picture of K. Kelly Meine I graduated from UH with a B.S. in Psychology, minor Quantitative Social Science. In addition to being a research assistant with the lab, I am also the website administrator. My research interests include how language is developed and processed in the brain, and how social factors affect cognitive development.

NIKITA GIDH

Fall 2018 - Present
Picture of Nikita Gidh I joined the UH Cognitive Development Lab under Dr. Yoshida as I was interested in neuroscience and pediatrics. While working with a place called SIRE where I help disabled kids learn how to ride a horse as well as teaching children how to play the violin as a violin teacher, I learned the importance of learning development in children and wish to see how parent and social interactions aid in this for babies and toddlers. In the future, I hope to go to medical school and become a pediatric neurosurgeon, and my work here in lab will help me fully understand cognitive development. 

ELIZABETH PERKOVICH

Fall 2018 - Present
Picture of Elizabeth Perkovich I joined the Cognitive Development Lab as a way to not only get hands-on research experience, but also to learn more about the cognitive processes children develop during the early periods of their life. My interests lie in how the environment influences children’s reactions to different stimuli, specifically neuro-divergent children, and I plan to pursue a career in pediatric psychology.

URVI SAKHUJA

Spring 2019 - Present
Picture of Urvi Sakhuja I joined the Cognitive Development Lab because I am interested in the neuroscience and psychology of children, and wanted to gain firsthand experience of the entire research process. Specifically, my research interests include the development of neuro-divergent children and how they interact with the world around them. In the future, I am hoping to attend medical school and eventually specialize in psychiatry or neuroscience, expanding on my knowledge and experiences from this lab.

JO-ANNE PHAM

Summer 2019 - Present
Picture of Jo-Anne Pham I joined the Cognitive Development Lab because I was interested in learning about how infants' learn to understand and interact with their surroundings. I currently work on the home studies at the lab to better understand contextual setting effects in parent child play behaviors. In the future, I hope to expand my knowledge and research in studying learning experiences from infancy to adulthood. After undergrad, I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. and becoming a professor.

 

 

Collaborators

LINDA B. SMITH, PH.D.

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Chancellor's Professor Of Psychology

 

POORNA KUSHALNAGAR, PH.D.

Picture of Poorna KushalnagarAssociate Professor, Gallaudet University

 

YUKIE NAGAI, PH.D.

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TOSHIKI MURASE, PH.D.

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Faculty of Law and Literature, Shimane University

 

CANDICE ALFANO, PH.D.

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Associate Professor & Director, Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston, University of Houston

 

CARLA SHARP, PH.D.

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Professor, Director of Clinical Training, Director of the Developmental Psychopathology Lab, University of Houston