Updates

  • May 13, 2015, 11:51 am
    Psychology Today Interview

    Dr. Janet Werker, the Director of our Centre, was interviewed by Dr. François Grosjean for his Psychology Today blog entitled Life as a Bilingual.  Dr. Werker chatted about how bilingual infants manage to keep their languages apart (for example, by being attentive to acoustic and visual information in speech) and how her current research is addressing new questions regarding the role of cultural information.

    Check out the full interview here!

  • April 21, 2015, 3:08 pm
    Upcoming Public Lecture by Dr. Janet F. Werker

    We're pleased to announce that our Director, Dr. Janet F. Werker, will be giving a public lecture for the 9th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting in Vancouver, BC.  Her lecture, entitled "Understanding the foundations of language development by studying the infant brain" will be delivered the afternoon of Sunday, May 23rd at Science World.

    Please see the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) webpage for the Preliminary Program and for more information on Dr. Werker's lecture.

    This lecture is open to the public!  Please do not hesitate to contact our Centre (604-822-6408 or infants@psych.ubc.ca) if you have any questions. 

  • April 13, 2015, 10:36 am
    Participate in a Study

    Would you like to participate with your child in one of our language development studies? We'd love to hear from you!

    Participation involves a one-time visit to our Centre on UBC campus. Each study takes only 5-10 minutes to run while your child sits on your lap.  As a token of our appreciation, your child will receive an Infant Scientist t-shirt and a UBC degree certificate.

    Please feel free to phone (604-822-6408), e-mail (infants@psych.ubc.ca), or sign up online!

  • February 16, 2015, 1:17 pm
    Welcome Back, Priya!

    Our Research Associate, Dr. Priya Kandhadai, has returned from maternity leave and we are absolutely thrilled to have her back!  Priya has been an integral part of our research team for over five years.  She gave birth to son Avik this past spring -- Avik was welcomed enthusiastically by big sister Atana (4 years old) and has already earned his Post Doc in Infant Science by participating in several of our development studies!

  • January 6, 2015, 2:26 pm
    Congratulations, Ali!

    We are very pleased to announce that Alison Greuel has begun a Post Doctoral Fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Valter Ciocca in the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences!  Ali has been a member of our Centre since she began her UBC graduate studies in 2008.  She graduated with her PhD in Cognitive Psychology this past summer.

    Congratulations, Ali!  We are so proud of you and we'll miss having you at the Centre!

  • November 4, 2014, 10:23 am
    Congratulations, Kyle!

    We are thrilled that one of our researchers, Kyle Danielson, has been awarded the Raymond H. Stetson Scholarship in Phonetics and Speech Science from the Acoustical Society of America!  Kyle is a PhD student in Developmental Psychology and is currently running a study in our Centre investigating the extent to which audiovisual information faciliates infants' discrimination of non-native speech sounds.

New Publications

  • Werker, J.F., & Hensch, T.K. (2015). Critical Periods in Speech Perception: New Directions. Annual Review of Psychology, 66, 173-196. [Please click here for complimentary, one-time access to this article as a PDF, for your own personal use only.]
  • Gervain, J., Werker, J.F., & Geffen, M.N. (2014). Category-specific processing of scale-invariant sounds in infancy. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e96278. Request Publication Download via Email
  • May, L., & Werker, J.F. (2014). Can a Click be a Word?: Infants’ Learning of Non-Native Words. Infancy, 19(3), 281-300. Request Publication Download via Email