Larissa Samuelson

Prof. Samuelson earned her doctorate in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Indiana University in 2000. From 2000-2015 she was in the Psychology Department at the University of Iowa, before moving to the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia in 2015. In 2010 She received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of developmental psychology. Her research focuses on two broad questions central to the field of cognitive development. First, how do children use what the know to complete a task. Second, how does children’s knowledge change over time? She approaches these questions from a dynamic systems perspective and uses both empirical studies and formal models to understand how a child’s individual behaviors accumulate to create developmental change. Much of this work is done in the context of early word learning and categorization although she also examines the development of selective attention, similarity, and the role of experience on perception. Current work is using a dynamic neural field model of infant visual exploration and word learning to understand how children map new names to novel objects.


Postal address:

Larissa K. Samuelson, PhD
School of Psychology,
Room 0.08
Lawrence Stenhouse Building,
University of East Anglia,
Norwich Research Park,
Norwich NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom


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