Rebecca Gomez

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Associate Professor, Cognition/Neural Systems
Director, Child Cognition Lab
Degree(s): 

BA 1985 Philosophy, New Mexico State University
MA 1989 Experimental Psychology, New Mexico State University
Ph.D. 1995 Experimental Psychology, New Mexico State University

Research Interests: 
  • Studying infant and child language acquisition
  • Investigating how sleep impacts learning and memory in infants and young children
  • Understanding developmental cognitive neuroscience

I study how infants, children and adults learn language; how their learning is improved by sleep; how they connect learning experiences across time and how the developing brain supports language acquisition.  

I also study the memory processes that enable learners to update their memories with new information.  Many of these processes are used throughout the lifespan so I conduct studies with learners of different ages to better understand how memory processes are supported by the brain and how they change with development.

Selected Publications: 

Gómez, R.L. & Edgin, J.O. (in press). The extended trajectory of hippocampal development: implications for early memory development and disorder. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Gómez, R.L. & Edgin, J.O. (2015). Sleep as a window into early neural development: Shifts in sleep-dependent memory formation across early childhood. Child Development Perspectives.

Gonzales, K., Gerken, LA & Gómez, R. L. (2015). Does hearing two dialects at different times help infants learn dialect-specific rules? Cognition, 140, 60-71.

Werchan, D. M., & Gómez, R. L. (2013). Wakefulness (Not Sleep) Promotes Generalization of Word Learning in 2.5-Year-Old Children. Child Development, 85, 429-436. PMID: 23962141

Lany, J. A., Gómez, R. L. (2012). Probabilistically cued patterns trump perfect cues in statistical language acquisition. Language Learning and Development, 9, 66-87.

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