Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Smith, Linda B.
Location Indiana University
Primary Field Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Secondary Field Computer and Information Sciences
 Election Citation
Smith has made influential theoretical and empirical discoveries on the ?shape bias? in infant word learning.
 Research Interests
Linda Smith's laboratory takes a complex systems approach to understanding the interdependencies among perceptual, motor and cognitive development during the first two years of post-natal life. Using wearable sensors, including head-mounted eye-trackers and motion sensors, the laboratory studies how the young learner's own behavior selects and generate the sensory inputs for learning and how changing motor abilities during the first two years of post-natal life define an ordered curriculum of expected experiences and tasks. Using head-cameras and audio recorders embedded in hats, the laboratory also captures and analyzes large corpora of infants' and toddlers' everyday visual and auditory experiences at home. The work has led to novel insights about the natural statistics of developmental environments as well as the learning mechanisms that exploit those statistics. These insights are also being explored through collaborations in robotics and artificial intelligence.

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