Martha Arterberry, Professor of Psychology

MEA Chicago 2014smI am a developmental psychologist interested in early perceptual and cognitive development. My research on infant, child, and adult cognition and perception includes study of the development of depth perception, 3D object perception, memory, and categorization. In this work we have used a variety of methods, including measuring EEG, quantifying eye movements using an eye tracker, and observing children’s behavior. Some of this work is conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the Child and Family Research Section of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In 2014-15, I was a visiting researcher at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and I collaborated with Susan Hespos on a project addressing the integration of perception and action in 24-month-olds.

I include students in all aspects of my research, and would love to talk to you about this work, especially if you are interested in joining my research team. You may contact me at: Martha.Arterberry”at” , stop by Davis 310 or call 207-859-5553. Parents who are interested in learning more about the studies and how they may be able to participate with their children may email (ColbyChildDev”at” or call (207-859-5552) for more information.

When I’m not being a teacher or a researcher, I am sewing with the Colby Quilting Club or riding my bike.

Student Researchers

Zoe LaRock, ’18

I am a senior from Yonkers, New York, and I am a psychology: neuroscience major and a human development minor. I spent the summer of 2017 working as a research assistant in Dr. Sarah Berger’s child development lab at the City University of New York. The research focused on the effects of sleep quality on infants’ motor learning and the ways that infants observe other infants solving motor tasks. At Colby, I am involved with Colby Cares About Kids and the Bridge, and I work in the off-campus study office. I can also be found scootering around campus or enjoying a meal in Foss dining hall.

Anna Rudinski ’19

I am a junior from Morristown, New Jersey majoring in Psychology with a concentration with neuroscience with a classical civilizations minor. I started working in the lab the summer between my sophomore and junior year focusing on how preschool children monitor their learning. When I’m not in the lab I’m competing on the Field Hockey and Ice Hockey teams as well as being a Colby Cares About Kids mentor to a third grader in a local elementary school. In my spare time I enjoy reading and a good game of squash.

Cole Walsh, ’19:  Lab Supervisor
I am a junior from Falmouth, Maine majoring in Psychology and English. In the lab I am focusing on the development of 2-to 5-year-old children and part of my job entails going to day care each week.   This past summer I studied cognition across the lifespan at Colby in both the Cognitive Development Lab and the Memory and Language Lab with several different focuses, such as categorization and false memory. In my spare time, I enjoy doing theatre, reading (usually Harry Potter or anything by Jane Austen), and skiing in the White Mountains.
Annie Ahn, ’20

Anh PixI am a sophomore from La Habra, California majoring in History. I started working with Martha as part of the Presidential Scholar’s CARA program. I do not know what career path I want to pursue in the future yet, but I hope that my career will help others to become better selves. As my pastime, I like to hang out with friends, watch movies, and go out for light runs.

Nina Raymo, ’21 

I am a first year student from Madison, Wisconsin and am planning to major in biology, though I am not completely sure yet. I am looking forward to participating in research on campus as part of the Presidential Scholar’s CARA program. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, knitting, traveling, and exploring museums.

 Claire Wilson, ’21 

I am a first year student from San Francisco, California, and I am planning to major in psychology. I am excited to be participating in lab research this year. In the future, I hope to pursue a career working with or studying children. In my free time I compete on the Colby Women’s Volleyball team and I enjoy hiking, skiing, traveling, and cooking.


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Arterberry, M. E., & Kellman, P. J. (2016).  Development of perception in infancy The cradle of knowledge revisited.  New York, NY:  Oxford University Press.

Bornstein, M. H., Arterberry, M. E., & Lamb, M. L.  (2013).  Development in infancy:  A contemporary introduction. New York,  NY: Psychology Press.

Kellman, P. J., & Arterberry, M. E.  (1998, 2000).  The cradle of knowledge:  Development of perception in infancy.  Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press. [Out of print. See Arterberry & Kellman, 2016]

Recent Journal Articles

Arterberry, M. E., Hespos, S. J., & Herth, R. A. (in press). Integration of thought and action: Arm weights facilitate search accuracy in 24-month-old children.  Infancy.

Arterberry, M.E., Hughes, B. C., & Mejia, B. I.  (2015). The effect of action valence and race on 3- to 8-year-old children’s social cognitive judgments.  Journal of Cognition and Development, 16, 693-702.pdf

Mash, C., Bornstein, M. H., & Arterberry, M. A.  (2013).  Brain dynamics in young infants’ recognition of faces.  NeuroReport, 24, 359-363.pdf

Arterberry, M. E., Bornstein, M. H., & Blumenstyk, J. B. (2013). Categorization of two-dimensional and three-dimensional stimuli by 18-month-old infants.  Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 786-795.pdf

Bornstein, M. H., Arterberry, M. A., & Mash, C.  (2013). Differentiated brain activity in face recognition of “own” versus “other” babies in primipara mothers:  An electrophysiological study. Developmental Neurobiology, 38, 365-385.pdf

Arterberry, M. E., & Bornstein, M. H.  (2012). Categorization of real and replica objects by 14- and 18-month-old infants.  Infant Behavior and Development35, 606-612. pdf

Bornstein, M. H., Mash, C., Arterberry, M. E., & Manian, N.  (2012).  Object perception in 5-month-old infants of clinically depressed and nondepressed mothers.  Infant Behavior and Development35, 150-157. pdf

Arterberry, M. E., Bornstein, M. H., & Haynes, O.M.  (2011).  Assessing categorization performance at the individual level:  A comparison of Monte Carlo simulation and probability estimate model procedures.  Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 321-326.pdf

Bornstein, M. H., Mash, C., & Arterberry, M. E.  (2011).  Perception of object-context relations:  Eye-movement analysis in infants and adults.  Developmental Psychology47, 364-375. pdf

Bornstein, M. H., Mash, C., Arterberry, M. E.  (2011).  Infant object perception: Eye-movement analyses of “natural” scenes and “experimental” scenes.  Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 206-210. pdf

Bornstein, M. H., Arterberry, M. E., Mash, C., & Manian, N.  (2011). Discrimination of facial expressions by 5-month-old infants of nondepressed and clinically depressed mothers.  Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 100-106. pdf

Bornstein, M. H., & Arterberry, M. E.  (2010).  The development of object categorization in young children:  Hierarchical inclusiveness, age, perceptual attribute and group versus individual analyses.  Developmental Psychology, 46, 350-365pdf

Bornstein, M. H., Arterberry, M. E., & Mash, C.  (2010). Infant object categorization transcends diverse object-context relations.  Infant Behavior and Development33, 7-15. pdf

Arterberry, M. E.  (2008).  Infants’ sensitivity to the depth cue of height-in-the-picture-plane.  Infancy, 13, 544-555. pdf

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries

Arterberry, M. E., Associate Editor (in press).  SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan development.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  SAGE.

Arterberry, M. E. (in press).  Sensory systems.  In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan development.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  SAGE.

Bornstein, M. H., Arterberry, M. E., & Mash, C.  (2014). Perceptual development.  In M. H. Bornstein & M. E. Lamb (Eds.), Developmental science: an advanced textbook (7e).  New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Bornstein, M. H., Arterberry, M. E., & Mash, C.  (2011). Perceptual development.  In M. H. Bornstein & M. E. Lamb (Eds.), Developmental science: an advanced textbook (6e, pp. 283-325).  New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Bornstein, M. H., & Arterberry, M. E.  (2009).  Perception.  In R. Shweder (Ed.), The child:  Encyclopedia companion (pp. 719-20).  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Arterberry, M. E.  (2008). Perceptual development.  In M. M. Haith & J. B. Benson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of infant and early childhood development.  San Diego, CA:  Elsevier.


The Child-Chicago Companion  Encyclo Infant & Child

Several students have been recognized for their work, either related to the lab or their own research.

Cole Walsh, ’19, won the Koster Award for Best Abstract and Best Presentation at the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat in 2017.

Julia Blumenstyk, ’14, won the Koster Award for Best Abstract at the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat in 2012.

Dana Breakstone, ’10, won the Best Poster Award at the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat in 2009.

Nina Gold, ’09, won the Erlbaum Prize for the Best Paper in Cognitive Science for work on 3- to 5-year-old children’s understanding of age.  This is a national competition hosted by Psi Chi, the honorary society for Psychology.  This project was completed in PS 347-348 (Seminar and Collaborative Research in Cognitive Development).  Nina completed her medical degree at Harvard University.

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Students have graduated and gone off into a variety of directions after Colby.  Some have continued to do research (either as a Research Assistant – RA – or in graduate school), others have become teachers, and others have pursued careers in the health professions.

Research and/or Graduate School


Health Professions

Other Careers

Natasha Atkinson, ’11

RA at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Sarah Carrigan, ’16

Yarmouth. ME, High School

Brittany Hughes, ’12

Nurse Practitioner, Yale U

Meng Zhao, ’16

Netpop, market research

Catherine Stewart, ’11

PhD Clinical Psychology, U of CT

Connie Jangro, ’13

Match Teacher Residency

Natasha Atkinson, ’11

Nurse Practitioner, Columbia U

Shaquan Huntt, ’13


Dana Breakstone, ’10

RA NICHD and University of MD College Park

Hali Castleman, ’11

Teach for America

Kaitlyn Billington, ’11

Nurse Practitioner, Columbia U

Casey Lynch, ’09

Graphic Arts

Aneth Laban, ’10

PhD Biomedical Sciences, UMass Medical School

Sarah Kunkel, ’08

MA Elementary Education, Leslie U

Johanna Salay, ’11

MD, Tufts University

Julia Blumenstyk,’14

Ad Council of New York

Cheryl Haan, ’08

PhD Social Psychology, U of VA

Pollee Hruby, ’09

Nurse Practitioner, Yale University

Stacey Dubois, ’08

PhD Experimental Psychology, Tufts University

Carla Jacobs, ’09

DO, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine

Linsey Walker, ’08

RA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Stephanie Lubin-Levy, ’08

Nurse Practitioner, Mass General