Molly is a student in the Reading and Language Lab run by Dr. Rebecca Treiman. Molly is studying how spelling and reading skills develop in preschoolers. More specifically, she is interested in how early linguistic skills and knowledge can influence literacy development.
My current research project looks at feature binding of shapes and colors using unnameable shapes in younger and older adults. I am also interested in memory for other-race faces in older adults. I am currently investigating these topics through behavioral research conducted in our lab. However, I am also interested in other methods in order to gain access to a larger and more diverse population, particularly through the web and smartphone applications.
I'm interested in development of social cognition, especially how infants and children reason about social categorization and group memberships based on race, language, and other markers. I am also interested in applying neuroscience perspective to social cognition development.
I am interested in cognitive changes that occur in healthy aging and Alzheimer dementia. In particular, I am studying how changes in attentional systems, consolidation processes, neuropathology, and sleep might contribute to changes in memory ability. I am currently investigating specific memory processes that might be sensitive to Alzheimer pathology in clinical and preclinical populations.
In my current research, I am investigating what young children know about their written language system. Specifically, I am looking at how children differentiate their writings from drawings, as well as how this differentiation could vary depending on the language that they know. I am also interested in exploring the spelling development of young children, and the spelling errors they make in the process. These issues are being explored using a variety of methods, as well as in collaboration with other researchers.
I am a member of the Speech & Hearing Lab, and my interests lay in speech perception, learning, and memory. Current projects include vocabulary learning and investigating the effects of phonological neighborhood density on speech perception with older and younger adults.
Lan Zhang is a graduate student Reading and Language Lab run by Dr. Rebecca Treiman. She is interested in early literacy development. More specifically, her research examines what preschool children know about aspects of their writing system such as the formal constraints of writing as well as the relation between writing and spoken language.