Contacts

Contacts

Scott Johnson - Lab Director

scott.johnson@ucla.edu

Dr. Johnson received his PhD in 1992 from Arizona State University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Visual Science at Rochester. Prior to his current position at UCLA, he was an Associate Professor at NYU and an Assistant Professor at Cornell. His first job was as a Lecturer at Lancaster University, UK, where he is now a Visiting Research Fellow. His research concerns the origins and development of perception and cognition in humans, with a focus on attention, speech perception, face perception, object knowledge, learning mechanisms, brain development, and developmental disabilities.

Laura Hawkins - Lab Manager

lhawk@ucla.edu

Laura originally joined the UCLA Baby Lab in 2008 as a research assistant. She worked on several different projects in the lab, focusing her work on ERP studies, until her graduation in June 2010. Upon graduation, she was hired as a Lab Coordinator for Dr. Karen Dobkins' Infant Vision lab at UC San Diego. During her two years there, she worked on a longitudinal project aimed at understanding the origins of Autism Spectrum Disorder where she was primarily in charge of ERP data collection and analysis. She rejoined the lab in January of 2013 as the Lab Manager and is hoping to gain even more research experience.

Bryan Nguyen - Lab Technician

bnguyen07@ucla.edu

Bryan originally started out as a research assistant here at the lab in January 2011 and after graduating from UCLA with a B.S. in Cognitive Science, he became the full-time lab technician. As a research assistant, he helped create study stimuli and wrote programs to sort/analyze data. Now, he is looking to take what he learned during his undergraduate studies to explore infant object perception and how joint attention affects the learning of word associations.

Paola Escudero - Visiting Researcher

Escudero@uva.nl

Paola received her PhD in 2005 from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She is a Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Since January 2009, she is Visiting Assistant Professor at the department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA and Visiting Researcher at the Babylab. Her main research line focuses on phonetic, phonological and lexical development in L1, L2, bilingual and multilingual populations, as well as in adults and children with cochlear implants. She also investigates visual and auditory/linguistic categorization in young infants in the UCLA Baby Lab, and speech perception in animals (zebra vinches and budgerigars) and humans (infants and adults) with biologists from Leiden University, The Netherlands.

HoJin Kim - Visiting Researcher

hojinkim@ucla.edu

Jin received his BS from Virginia Tech with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology, and his PhD in Developmental Psychology from UCLA. He is interested in cognitive development in infants, specifically face perception, language, memory, sleep patterns, and visual perception more broadly. In addition he also plans to study infant brain development as a means to examine the basic brain-behavior links used in the early years of life to learn about the world.

Lauren Burakowski - Graduate Student

lburakowski@ucla.edu

Lauren is a fifth-year graduate student from Rochester, NY. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Psychology in May 2009. Her primary research interests are the development of inhibition from infancy to adolescence, and attention. Her previous work was with preschool-aged children. She uses eye tracking and ERP techniques to investigate visual attention in infants.

Lauren Krogh Slone- Graduate Student

laurenkslone@gmail.com

Lauren received her B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2009. She is currently a fifth-year PhD student in the Developmental Psychology program at UCLA. Her research interest is infants' cognitive and perceptual development. Prior to coming to UCLA, Lauren's research focused on animacy, categorization, and causal perception. At UCLA her research focuses on her interest in how developing motor abilities affect cognitive and perceptual development.

Elizabeth Goldenberg - Graduate Student

ergoldenb@ucla.edu

Elizabeth received her B.A. in Psychology in 2010 from UC Santa Cruz. She is currently a fifth year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at UCLA. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms that underlie infants' and toddlers' learning and memory abilities. Her research in the Baby Lab focuses on how infants learn object labels in the face of changing context. She uses eye-tracking methodology to understand how children’s visual attention supports learning and memory.

Natsuki Atagi - Graduate Student

natagi@ucla.edu

Natsuki is a third-year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at UCLA. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies in 2010 from Indiana University. Her research generally examines language and conceptual learning in children and students. In the Baby Lab, her research focuses on how students' looking behaviors relate to their math learning.

Christina Schonberg - Graduate Student

christina.schonberg@gmail.com

Christina Schonberg is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychology program at UCLA. She graduated in 2011 from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research interests include language and cognitive development in young children, with a focus on the effects of being monolingual or bi-/multilingual. In the Baby Lab, Christina is investigating the role that language exposure plays in infants' cognitive and perceptual development.

Tawny Tsang - Graduate Student

tawny.tsang@gmail.com

Tawny is a first-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program at UCLA. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2011 from UC Berkeley. Prior to UCLA, she completed a research fellowship in developmental neuroscience at the Marcus Autism Center and used eye-tracking methods to investigate visual social attention in children with autism spectrum disorders. Tawny's research at UCLA will focus on her interest in how early visual behaviors support social and cognitive development.

 

 


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Scott Johnson


 





Laura Hawkins


 

 

 


Bryan Nguyen

 

 



Paola Escudero

 

 




HoJin Kim


 

Lauren Burakowski

 

 

Lauren Krogh Slone

 

 

Elizabeth Goldenberg

 

 

Natsuki Atagi

 

Christina Schonberg

 

 

Tawny Tsang

3291 Franz Hall Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
Phone: (310) 825-0962
babylab@ucla.edu