Scott Johnson - Lab Director

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.

Bryan Nguyen - Lab Technician

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.

Natsuki Atagi - Graduate Student

Natsuki is a fifth-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 is a fourth-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 is a third-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 focuses on her interest in how early visual behaviors support social and cognitive development.

Marissa Ogren - Graduate Student

Marissa is a first-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program at UCLA. SHe received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington in 2012. She is interested in social development during the early years of life. At UCLA, her research focuses on emotion discrimination in infancy, and how this skill develops over time.

Andrew Sanders - Graduate Student

Andrew is a first-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program at UCLA. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2012 from UCLA. Prior to graduate school Andrew worked in the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment using EEG to investigate biomarkers of atypical development and neurodevelopmental disorders. In the Baby Lab he is interested in studying how to enhance early learning based on the way infants extract information from the environment, apply these patterns to new surroundings and make predictions based on these rules.




Scott Johnson




Bryan Nguyen



Natsuki Atagi


Christina Schonberg



Tawny Tsang


Marissa Ogren


Andrew Sanders

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