Colloquium on Infant Development – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Colloquium on Infant Development

The Psychology Department will host a colloquium next week to discuss the research of Dr. Lauren Emberson. A member of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at the University of Rochester, she will present her work titled “How Does Structured Experience Support Perceptual Development? Insights from Infant Neuroimaging.”

The colloquium will take place on Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

The colloquium focuses on the relationship between perception and infant development. Emberson will discuss her research on how perceptual changes for infants impact the development of key abilities, such as language comprehension.  She uses neuroimaging methods to examine how infants react and respond to their surroundings.

“The goal of my research is to elucidate the mechanisms that translate real-world experience into changes in perceptual abilities,” she says.

The lecture will consist of Emberson’s talk followed by a question-and-answer session. The colloquium is part of a new series the Psychology Department will  host each semester.  Previous sessions have been held infrequently over the years.  Assistant Professor of Psychology Daniel Graham, who serves as Colloquium Organizer, Emberson’s work in the field makes her an ideal choice for the coloquium. She soon will serve as co-director of the Baby Lab at Princeton University.

“Dr. Emberson is a rising star in neuro-scientific investigations at the intersection of development and perception. She uses cutting edge non-invasive technology like functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to peer into the brains of healthy infants as they learn about the perceptual environment,” Graham says.

“I find Dr. Emberson’s work fascinating not only because it relates to my own research in visual perception, but also because I have a 6-month-old daughter who is currently undergoing precisely those developmental processes described in Dr. Emberson’s research.”