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Through the Eyes of an Infant

An interview with Yuyan Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

How much do infants know about the world in which they live? At what age do humans begin to develop an understanding of object permanence and of the reality that people act in response to different things around them? These are the kinds of questions Yuyan Luo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, seeks to answer. In addition to teaching cognition development courses—from infancy to toddler—she runs the Infant Cognition Lab, which tests psychological and biological knowledge development through a series of lab experiments. Now in its second year of operation, the lab conducts experiments with participants as young as two and one-half months old.

Begging the Bigger Questions

An interview with Carol Ward, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

We see that as humans we are different from other modern primates, although we don't know exactly how that came to be. Unlocking this mystery has been Anthropology professor Carol Ward's life's work. While the fossil record is sketchy at times, it is crucial in estimating the chronology of certain key acquisitions of modern humans, be it walking on two feet, developing big brains, changing their diet, or changing their tool-making behavior. Working with fossils, Ward seeks to answer the bigger question—why did those changes occur?

Audio and Video Tagged with cognition

Courses in cognition development

From an interview with Yuyan Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

In addition to running the Infant Cognition Lab, Luo also teaches cognition development courses at MU, ranging from infancy to toddler psychological and biological knowledge development.

Luo’s future goals

From an interview with Yuyan Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

All of the subjects in Luo’s experiments are volunteered by their parents. Luo talks about research she hopes to pursue in her future work.

Understanding infants’ psychological reasoning

From an interview with Yuyan Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Luo describes her current research project, which focuses on determining infants’ knowledge of psychological reasoning. Using the looking-time method, she is testing infants as young as three-months old to see if they understand the concept of object preference.

Experiments and the Infant Cognition Lab

From an interview with Yuyan Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Luo runs the Infant Cognition Lab at MU, in its second year of existence. Luo describes some of the experiments she began in graduate school concerning transparency and object permanence.

More complex experiments

From an interview with Yuyan Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Luo furthers her research about infant psychological understanding by conducting similar experiments with non-human agents.

More complex experiments

From an interview with Yuyan Luo, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Luo furthers her research about infant psychological understanding by conducting similar experiments with non-human agents.

Analyzing Cognition in the Lab

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kerns discusses how activity in different parts of brain can be observed in the lab.

Cognitive Control (continued)

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

How cognitive control processes work. What scholars know about the human brain.

Cognitive Control

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

How cognitive control processes work. What scholars know about the human brain.

Brain Imaging - Viewing Your Cognitive Activity

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kerns discusses the technology used in his research to view brain activity.

Stages of Schizophrenia

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kerns discusses the characteristics of the different stages of schizophrenia.

Introduction to Research (continued)

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kerns continues to give an overview of his research.

Introduction to Research

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kerns gives an introduction to his research on cognitive processes and the brain.

Cognitive Control (continued)

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kerns discusses more on cognitive control.

Brain Regions

From an interview with John Kerns, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kerns discusses activity in various brain regions as a result of different cognitive process.

Evolution of Intelligence

From an interview with Carol Ward, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Collaborating with Mark Flinn (psychology and anthropology) and David Geary (psychology) on how and why human brains developed as they did.

Walking Upright is a Pain in the Back

From an interview with Carol Ward, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Anthropology professor Carol Ward’s overall goal of understanding human evolution. Comparing fossils and modern primate anatomy to determine the chronology of human development.