Research Interests and Publications
I conceptualize human experience as a stream in time of words and co-occurring visual events. The goal of my research is to understand the structure of that stream, how statistical and temporal properties engage learning mechanisms and potentially tune the developing system. The conjecture is that structure in everyday activities - at multiple timescales, and changing over the course of development - drives change in the cognitive system. Current research in my lab focuses on three questions (1) What are the basic properties of infants' auditory and visual environments and do these properties change with age? (2) What are the distributional properties of instances with the same name in infants' early experience? (3) How do the dynamics of play (words and objects clustered in time) matter for early learning? Please see my lab's website for information on current projects.
Fausey, C.M., Jayaraman, S., & Smith, L.B. (2016). From faces to hands: Changing visual input in the first two years. Cognition.
Jayaraman, S., Fausey, C.M., & Smith, L.B. (2015). The faces in infant-perspective scenes over the first year of life. Plos One.
Smith, L.B., Yu, C., Yoshida, H., & Fausey, C.M. (2015). Contributions of head-mounted cameras to studying the visual environments of infants and young children. Journal of Cognition and Development.
Fausey, C.M., & Boroditsky, L. (2011). Who dunnit? Cross-linguistic differences in eye-witness memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(1), 150-57. doi: 10.3758/s13423-010-0021-5.
Fausey, C.M., Long, B.L., Inamori, A., & Boroditsky, L. (2010). Constructing agency: The role of language. Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00162.
Fausey, C.M., & Boroditsky, L. (2010). Subtle linguistic cues influence perceived blame and financial liability. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17(5), 644-650. doi: 10.3758/PBR.17.5.644.