Psychology

Josita Maouene

 Assistant Professor
 
 office: 2213 AuSable Hall
 phone: 616-331-3369
 e-mail: maouenej@gvsu.edu
 
 Lab: 301 W. Fulton Street; 104 Eberhard Center
 
 
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Specialization

Developmental Psychology

Courses Taught
 
PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 301 - Child Development
PSY 364 - Life-Span Developmental Psychology
 
Current Research Interests
 
My research focuses on the acquisition of verb meaning in children from 2 to 6 years of age. I take an embodied perspective which means I am looking at what a child has at her disposal (body parts, objects, emotions, rhythm, familiar places, sequences of actions) and I try to build the case that these are fundamental building blocks of verb meanings in children. As a developmental psychologist I compare younger children, older children and adults on experimental tasks, associations, corpus studies, fmri. I am also doing a collaborative work on the development of early noun networks (by 36 months) and on the automatization of higher-level noun categories from their features.
 
Representative Publication
 
Maouene, J., Laakso, A., & Smith, L.B. Object associations of early-learned "light" and "heavy" English verbs. In press. First Language.
 
Hills,T., Maouene, J., Riordan, B. & Smith, L., B. (2010). Early Word Learning: Contextual Diversity and the Associative Structure of Adult Language. Journal of Memory and Language, 63, 259-273.
 
Maouene, J. Hidaka, S. & Smith B. L. (2008) Body parts and early-learned verbs. Cognitive Science, 32(7), 1200-1216.
 
Harman James K. & Maouene J. (2009). Auditory verb perception recruits motor systems in the developing brain: an fMRI investigation, Developmental Science, on-line, Sept.1 (early view).
 
T. Hills, M. Maouene, J. Maouene, A. Sheya & L.B. Smith. Early semantic Networks: Preferential Attachment or Preferential Acquisition? (2009) Psychological Science, 20 (6), 729-739.
 
T. Hills, M. Maouene, J. Maouene, A. Sheya & L.B. Smith. (2009) Categorical Structure in Early Semantic Networks of Nouns. Cognition, 112, 381-396.
 
Smith, L., Maouene, J., & Hidaka, S. (2007). The body and children's word learning, in J. M. Plumert & J. Spencer (Eds.), Emerging landscapes of mind: Mapping the nature of change in spatial cognitive development. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

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