Makeba P. Wilbourn, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Affiliate of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research and Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy
- Contact Info:
Typical Courses Taught:
- Psy 103re, Developmental psychology
- Psy 164s, Role race/ culture on devl
- Psy 103, Practicum
- Psy 193, Research independent study
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|M.A.||California State University at Fullerton||2001|
|B.A.||California State University at Fullerton||1997|
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Research Interests:
My program of research explores how the relationship between cognition and language changes over time and the types of input (e.g., gestures, bilingualism) that influence this relationship. In general, my research addresses three key theoretical questions. First, how does cognition influence language early in development? In particular, I am interested in how infants and toddlers’ developing cognitive and perceptual skills lay the foundation for early word learning and how this changes as a function of input and experience. Secondly, how does language come to influence cognition in children and adults? In this line of research, I am interested in determining how various types of linguistic and cultural experiences affect the cognitive abilities of monolinguals and bilinguals throughout development. Finally, how does the use of gesture influence the relationship between cognition and language? This area of research focuses on the relationship between early gesture use and later language development and how this relationship is influenced by socio-cultural factors, such as race and socioeconomic status.
- Areas of Interest:
- relation between thought, language, and gesture
gestures and signed languages
social-cultural influences of early vocabulary development
early language development in African American children
- Curriculum Vitae
Miray Seward - email@example.com
- Representative Publications
- Wilbourn, MP; Casasola, M (Submitted, invited revision under review).
Hand me a cue: Developmental changes in infants’ associative word learning abilities. Developmental Psychology.
- Kalia, V; Wilbourn, MP; Ghio, K (Submitted, under review).
Age of second language acquisition and language proficiency interactively influence bilinguals’ cognition. Bilingualism: Cognition & Language.
- Robertson, SS; Watamura, SE; Wilbourn, MP (2012).
Attentional dynamics of infant visual foraging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 109(28), 11460-11464. [doi] [abs]
- Wilbourn, MP; Sims, JP (2013). Get by with a little help from a word: Multimodal input facilitates 26-month-olds' ability to learn symbolic gestures as labels. Journal of Cognition and Development, 14(2), 250-269.
- Wilbourn, MP; Kurtz, LE; Kalia, V (2012). The Lexical Stroop Sort (LSS) picture-word task: a computerized task for assessing the relationship between language and executive functioning in school-aged children.. Behavior Research Methods, 44(1), 270-286. , [doi] [abs]
- Wilbourn, MP; Gottfried, AW; Kee, DW (2011). Consistency of hand-preference across the early years: long-term relationship to verbal intelligence and reading achievement in girls.. Developmental Psychology, 47(4), 931-942. , [doi] [abs]
- Wilbourn, MP; Casasola, M (2007).
Discriminating signs: Perceptual precursors to acquiring a visual-gestural language. Infant Behavior and Development, 30(1), 153-160. [doi] [abs]
- Casasola, M; Wilbourn, MP; Yang, S (2006).
Can English-learning toddlers acquire and generalize a novel spatial word?. First Language, 26(2), 187-205. [doi] [abs]
- Casasola, M; Wilbourn, MP (2004).
Fourteen-month-old infants form novel word-spatial relation associations. Infancy, 6(3), 385-396. [abs]
- Gottfried, A.W., Gottfried, A.E., Bathurst, K., Guerin, D.W., & Parramore, M.(2003). "Socioeconomic status in children’s development and family environment: Infancy through adolescence. In M. Bornstein & R. Bradley (Eds.)." Socioeconomic status, parenting, and child development. Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
- Hersberger, S., Marcoulides, G., & Parramore, M. (2002). "Introduction to structural equation modeling techniques. In Pugesek, B., Tomer, A., von Eye, A. (Eds.)." Structural equation modeling: Applications in ecological and evolutionary research. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.