cognitive development lab

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Martha Arterberry Professor of Psychology

I received my B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College in 1983, and my Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1989. Before coming to Colby, I was a faculty member at Gettysburg College. I regularly teach a Seminar and companion Collaborative Research course on Cognitive Development (PS 347 and 348), and Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II (PS 215). Also, I have taught Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I (PS 214), Child Development (PS 255), and Senior Integrative Seminar (PS 420).

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 use 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. 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 Roberts 340 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.

Research Assistants

Shaquan Huntt,'13

 I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, but my high school semesters were spent in Madison, CT at Daniel Hand High School. I love Colby College! If you asked me in high school if I were going to do research at college starting my freshman year, I would have shrugged my shoulders and responded, "No?! Can you even do that in college?" Then I would have grabbed my new laptop and perused the college website to see if that was possible. (I actually did this the summer of my freshman year.) The past three years at Colby has been very rewarding, and though I do not know what I will do with my research experience and Psychology major, I am excited to see what life has in store for me. I have one more year to think about and use these valuable resources, and one more year to enjoy interacting with anxiety-filled underclassmen looking to fulfill their psych requirements. I am very excited!   

Julia Blumenstyk,'14

I am a junior from Morristown, NJ, and I am pursuing a double major in Psychology and Global Studies. Part of my admission to Colby included the chance to work with a faculty member on research and I have been working with Martha since my first year at Colby including over the summer in 2012. I am also a member of the women's soccer team, and I will be studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the spring semester.




Barbara Mejia,'14

I'm a junior Human Development major with a minor in Philosophy. I'm a member of CAPS I, and in the summer of 2011, I did research at UC Berkeley with TLR 9 protein cells. I am interested in observing children's ability to recognize and understand every day objects. My overall goal is to graduate and attend medical school, and then I want to travel to third world countries and use the skills I attained to help in any way I can. For now, I'm preparing for the task and learning all I can, starting with the manner in which humans interact, starting as babies and so forth into adulthood. 

Rebecca Stoutamyer,'15

I am a sophomore Psychology major from Skowhegan, Maine. I am fortunate enough to be in the Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS II), which allows me to do research during the summers. As part of this program, I had the wonderful opportunity of working with babies; something I hope is always part of my career. At Colby, I am a member of the Student Advisory Board for CCAK and Feminists Alliance. I also run a girls group for Hardy Girls, Healthy Women in my spare time.

Sarah Carrigan,'16

I am a freshman from Wellesley, Massachusetts and leaning towards majoring in psychology, although I am not positive yet! My mother was a school psychologist, and she inspired my interest in child psychology from an early age. I also love working with children in general, and babysit all the time! When I'm not babysitting, I love to run, and will be running on Colby's cross country and track teams this year.

Meng "Maggie" Zhao,'16

I’m a freshman from Tianjin, China. I’m so lucky to be selected as Presidential Scholar and start working in the baby lab since freshman year to continue my passion in research. The working experience is brilliant. It gives me opportunities to observe how babies thinking develop over the life span and explore my interest in data encoding. Other than that, I play percussion in Colby Symphony Orchestra and do stage managing in Theater and Dance Department. I also coach badminton in the Ping-Pong and Badminton Club.





Caroline Minott,'16

I am a freshman from Bowdoin, Maine, and I am interested in pursuing a major in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. You may have seen me around Bixler or in Powder and Wig's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, as singing and acting are two of my passions. I also love spending time with children – and people in general. I am excited to be here at Colby, and I look forward to spending time in Martha’s lab this semester!