The National Institutes of Health (NIH) founded the MERIT—Method to Extend Research in Time—Awards program in 1987 to provide long-term support to researchers with impressive records of scientific achievement in promising research areas, sparing them from having to constantly devote time and staff resources to applying for research grants. NIH-funded researchers must be nominated for the MERIT Award by their funding NIH institute. Less than five percent of principal investigators with major research grants are selected to receive it.
Duff research shows hippocampus involved in language processing
Hourcade pens book about technologies for children
“In the child-computer interaction field, people still refer to developmental psychology theories that are pretty old, like Piaget,” he says. More relevant and contemporary work, however, comes from theorists working on embodiment, connectionism, and dynamic state theories, all of which bridge what we know about neuroscience with development. These theories, says Hourcade, posit that development does not occur in isolation in the brain, but rather is the result of interactions among the brain, body, and environment.
Scenes from DeLTA Day 2014
What do pigeons have to do with it?
This project will continue to develop a pigeon model to confirm the role of pruning associations between a category and incorrect responses. Parallel experiments with both typically developing young adults and young adults with LLD will explore the implications of this animal model for humans and determine their relevance to language impairment.
In commenting on the relevance of project, McMurray said, “by understanding the basic mechanisms of how individuals with LLD learn language, we may be able to understand some of the causal factors that give rise to this disorder and develop effective teaching tools and therapies to help them learn language.”
Plumert, O'Neal publish child safety article
Curtu awarded NSF conference grant
Ed Wasserman honored by the CCS
Linebarger awarded Sesame Workshop grant
“These skills are critical for school readiness because a formal school situation requires that children control impulses, follow directions, transit smoothly between activities, and focus on relevant task information,” Linebarger says. “These skills also predict other academic skills including reading, math, and science."
Hazeltine, McMurray engage with local educators
A goal is to share with teachers principles about how their pupils learn, McMurray explained. Also, the new research can help educate American students more effectively.
"Everybody’s talking about how to change education, and mostly what they’re talking about is how to change what we teach, and they’re not really thinking about how kids learn,” he said.
Samuelson, Perry publication: "Messy eaters make better word learners"
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 the more manipulative substances create bigger challenges. New research shows that changes if you put toddlers in a setting they know well. In familiar instances, word learning increases, because children at that age are “used to seeing nonsolid things in this context, when they’re eating,” says Samuelson. “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.”
Their paper was published in the journal Developmental Science.
Listen to a radio interview in which Samuelson describes their findings (mp3 file). This research was also featured on Academic Minute on the Inside Higher Ed website.
Wu, O'Neal win dissertation grants
Putt awarded grant
Researcher of “Mad Genius” Visits DeLTA Center
During the week of October 21, 2013, Dr. Dean Simonton, a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of California-Davis, shared his expertise with faculty and students at the University of Iowa as part of the Ida Cornelia Beam Visiting Distinguished Professor Program.
Dr. Simonton describes his research as “[the] cognitive, dispositional, developmental, and sociocultural factors behind eminence, giftedness, and talent.” That is to say, he studies the characteristics and accomplishments of renowned intellects in the fields of science, philosophy, literature, music, art, cinema, politics, and war.
Dr. Simonton’s visit was sponsored by the DeLTA Center, the Blank-Belin Honors Center, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Psychology. (by Ellen Heywood and Matt Bailey)
Rope or Wope?
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The DeLTA Center hosted Holly L. Storkel for a roundtable discussion on Friday, October 25.
Dr. Storkel, an associate professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and the director of the Word and Sound Learning Lab, met with DeLTA members to discuss how developing children learn the words and sounds of language. Dr. Storkel also shared ideas for her current research on children’s recognition of misarticulated words such as ‘wope’ for ‘rope’ and received feedback from DeLTA members. Her visit marks the fifth roundtable presentation hosted by the DeLTA Center this semester.
Dr. Storkel’s research focuses on how children build vocabulary by examining the acquisition, organization, and processing of novel words and known words. (by Matt Bailey)
Josh Bongard presents Evodevorobo to the Delta Center
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The DeLTA Center hosted roboticist Josh Bongard for a roundtable discussion this past Friday morning.
Dr. Bongard, an associate professor at the University of Vermont and the winner of a prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, met with DeLTA members to discuss how principles of evolution and development lead to the design of better robots. And, in turn, how these discoveries in robotics lead to new hypotheses about mechanisms of learning and development.
Dr. Bongard’s research highlights some of the advantages of the evolutionary developmental robotics approach (also known as “evodevorobo”). What’s more, his research incorporates Internet-based tools that allow Internet users and, in particular, students to assist in the designing of robots using crowdsourcing.
The roundtable discussion was followed by Dr. Bongard’s public presentation on the same topic, which was hosted on the University of Iowa campus and sponsored by the DeLTA Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. (by Matt Bailey)
Fritzsch honored with mentoring award
Brown, Zebrowski featured on KGAN-TV
Studying how children retain what they see
Van Horne awarded clinical research grant
Wasserman research highlighted Research by Ed Wasserman shows that pigeons have far better problem solving skills than previously thought and can use a computer touchscreen. Results show the birds are capable of making highly intelligent choices, sometimes with problem-solving skills to match. | Full article at the website of the Daily Mail.