Professor of Psychology, Center for Mind and Brain
Lisa Oakes studies cognitive development in infancy, with a particular interest in visual cognitive processes such as attention, memory, and categorization. She has been investigating the effects of everyday experience on such processes by comparing face processing as a function of infants' exposure to different kinds of faces and by comparing infants' learning and memory of animals as a function of infants' experience with pets. Other topics studied in the lab are the early development of visual short-term memory, categorization processes, and infants' memory for and learning about dynamic events. Oakes and her students use a variety of procedures, including eye-tracking.
Oakes, L. M. & Ellis, A. E. (2013). An eye-tracking investigation of developmental changes in infants’ exploration of upright and inverted human faces, Infancy, 18, 134-148. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00107.x
Oakes, L. M., & Kovack-Lesh, K. A. (2013). Infants’ visual recognition memory for a series of categorically related items, Journal of Cognition and Development, 14, 63-86.
Kovack-Lesh, K.A., Oakes, L.M., & McMurray, B. (2012). Contributions of attentional style and previous experience to 4-month-old infants’ categorization, Infancy, 3, 324-338. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00073.x
Baumgartner, H. A., & Oakes, L. M. (2011). Infants’ developing sensitivity to object function: Attention to features and feature correlations, Journal of Cognition and Development, 12, 275-298.