Emeritus Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Child effects on adults; infancy and early childhood play and motor/cognitive/social development; implications of developmental biological models for understanding behavioral development.
Harper, L. V. (2005). Epigenetic inheritance and the intergenerational transfer of experience. Psychological Bulletin, 131, 340-360.
Harper, L. V. & Huie, K. S. (1998). Free play use of space by preschoolers from diverse backgrounds: Factors influencing activity choices. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 44, 423-446.
Harper, L. V. & Huie, K. S. (1987). Relations among preschool children's adult and peer contacts and later academic achievement. Child Development, 58, 1051-1065.
Harper, L. V. & Huie, K. S. (1985). The effect of prior group experience, age, and familiarity on the quality and organization of preschoolers' social relationships. Child Development, 56, 704-717.
Harper, L. V. (1975). The scope of offspring effects: From caregiver to culture. Psychological Bulletin, 82, 784-801