Infant Learning Lab (Saffran)

We have a number of projects examining the learning processes that underlie language learning. Children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years are currently being recruited. PI: Jenny Saffran, PhD Keywords: Infant …

New study finds toddlers incorporate gender into their language processing

Our understanding of language relies on more than just the spoken word. A myriad of external cues, like nonverbal signals and a person’s characteristics, contribute to how we understand and process language as we speak and communicate with others.

Little Listeners Project (Ellis Weismer & Saffran)

We are looking for children to participate in research on the UW-Madison campus about how toddlers learn language. We are looking for typically developing children 18-24 months old and children with diagnosed or suspected ASD …

Jenny Saffran, PhD – Slide of the Week

 Eye-gaze methods offer numerous advantages for studying cognitive processes in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but data loss may threaten the validity and generalizability of results. Some eye-gaze systems may be more vulnerable to data loss than others, but to our knowledge, this issue has not been empirically investigated. In the current study, we asked whether automatic eye-tracking and manual gaze coding produce different rates of data loss or different results in a group of 51 toddlers with ASD.

Expecting to learn: Language acquisition in toddlers improved by predictable situations

In an upcoming study in Current Biology, published online Aug. 16, researchers at the Arizona State University Department of Psychology and the Waisman Center report a factor that is important for language learning in children: the predictability of the learning environment.