Ph.D., 2012. Emory University
Early communication and language development, the input and the learning environment, the dynamics of early social interactions, statistical learning, mechanisms of word learning.
The typical child lives in a sea of data: countless words, numerous objects, and many social interactions. Despite what seems like a daunting flood of information, children learn quickly and efficiently about their world. I am interested in the processes that underlie this prodigious learning. Although I have broad research interests in early cognitive, social and language development, the focus of much of my work is around how infants, toddlers, and young children learn words.
- General Psychology I (PSYC 1100)
- Current Directions in Developmental Psychology (PSYC 3470)
- Cognitive Development Graduate Seminar (PSYC 5420)
Boskovic, K., & Suanda, S. H. (2023). Laying the foundation: Extracting partial meanings of hard nouns via observational contexts. In M. Goldwater, F. Anggoro, B. Hayes, & D. Ong (Eds.), Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Schoener, N., Schoener, P. C., Johnson, S., & Suanda, S. H. (2023). Partial word learning from referentially ambiguous naming events: Evidence from a human simulation paradigm. In M. Goldwater, F. Anggoro, B. Hayes, & D. Ong (Eds.), Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Abney, D.H., Suanda, S.H., Smith, L.B., & Yu, C. (2020). What are the building blocks of parent-infant coordinated attention in free-flowing interaction? Infancy, 25, 871-887.
Suanda, S. H., Barnhart, M., Smith, L. B., & Yu, C. (2019). The Signal in the noise: The visual ecology of parents’ object naming. Infancy, 24, 455-476.
Yu, C., Suanda, S. H., & Smith, L. B. (2019). Infant sustained attention but not joint attention to objects at 9 months predicts vocabulary at 12 and 15 months. Developmental Science, 22: e12735
Suanda, S.H., Mugwanya, N., & Namy, L.L. (2014). Cross-situational statistical word learning in young children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 126, 395-411.
Smith, L.B., Suanda, S.H., & Yu, C. (2014). The unrealized promise of infant statistical word-referent learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18, 251-258.