Martha Arterberry, Professor of Psychology

I 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. I also am the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Infant Behavior and Development  and editor of  the Lifespan Development Section of Acta Psychologica, an open access journal.  Recently Colby Magazine featured our work on temporal memory in children and whether children judge others’ actions differently based on race.

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

John Bae, ’23

I am a senior from Milford, Massachusetts, and I am majoring in Psychology. I  worked at the Babylab in the summer of 2022 researching play across cultures and translating Korean. I really enjoyed my work, and I felt a lot of long lost memories return due to how similar the play videos were to my own childhood. When I’m not doing work, I like to be outdoors, and I really love music. 


Yewande Tojuola, ’23

I am a senior from Houston, TX majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. Currently on campus I’m a FLI mentor, a CCAK mentor and Student advisory board member, and I volunteer as an EMT in Colby Emergency Response. I’m also a member of Colby African Society. In summer 2022, I worked with special needs children at a summer camp. I’m also premed and working towards being a pediatrician. I worked in the baby lab my sophomore year, and I’m so excited to be back!

Tommy Montgomery, ’24

I am a junior from Ridgewood, New Jersey, right outside New York City. I am completing the pre-med curriculum and am a Psychology major with a concentration in neuroscience.  In the past I have worked with kids through both my church and teaching tennis. I really enjoyed those experiences and watching kids interact, and I look forward to learning how to do research with children as part of my Presidential Scholars experience.  Outside of academics I like to listen to music, row, and read.

Emily Kwen, ’24

I am a junior from northern New Jersey. I am a Psychology and Education double major, as well as a [email protected] Fellow,  Vice President of the Colby QuestBridge Chapter, and involved in the International Student Program. In summer 2022, I was a part of Duke University’s 10-week NSF REU internship in Dr. Makeba Wilbourn’s Infant Lab at Duke. I’m very excited to be able to continue furthering my research experience at the Babylab!

Zoey LaTour, ’25

I’m a sophomore from Ithaca, New York. I am a double major in Psychology: Neuroscience and Art, and I am a layout editor for Colby’s newspaper, the Echo. I have worked with kids in the past through babysitting and camps; I love working one-on-one with kids and seeing how they understand the world around them! This is my first year working in the baby lab and I’m so excited to be here!

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Recent Books and Chapters

Arterberry, M. E. (2022).  Children’s eyewitness testimony and event memory.  In M. H. Bornstein, Cambridge elements in child development.  Cambridge University Press.

Bornstein, M. H. & Arterberry, M. E. (2022).  Infancy: The Basics.  Routledge.

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

Myers, L. J., & Arterberry, M. E. (2022). Digital media and children under 3 years of age. Infant Behavior and Development, 66. 101677.

Arterberry, M. E., Hespos, S. J., Walsh*, C. E., & Daniels*, C. A.  (2020).  Integration of thought and action continued:  Scale errors and categorization in toddlers.  Infancy, 25, 851-870.

Arterberry, M.E., & Albright*, E. J.  (2020).  Children’s memory for temporal information:  The roles of temporal language and executive function.  Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, 181, 191-205.  Featured in a special issue on temporal cognition.  Free download here

Arterberry, M. E., Perry*, E. T., Price*, C. M., & Steimel*, S.  (2020). Emotional understanding predicts facial recognition in 3-to 5-year-old children.  European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 17, 293-306.Online as of March 11, 2019.

Riehle*, H. K., Driscoll*, H. T., Collins-Lee*, B. A., Balaban*, A. J., & Arterberry, M. E. (2018). When memory falls short: The effect of suggestibility and repeated questioning on 3- to 5-year-old children’s recognition of event details. Modern Psychological Studies.

Arterberry, M. E., Hespos, S. J., & Herth, R. A. (2018). Integration of thought and action: Arm weights facilitate search accuracy in 24-month-old children.  Infancy, 23, 173-193.pdf

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



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

Cole Walsh, ’19

Forrester Research

Catherine Stewart, ’11

PhD Clinical Psychology, U of CT

Connie Jangro, ’13

Match Teacher Residency

Natasha Atkinson, ’11

Nurse Practitioner, Columbia U

Meng Zhao, ’16

Netpop, market research

Dana Breakstone, ’10

RA NICHD and University of MD College Park

Hali Castleman, ’11

Teach for America

Kaitlyn Billington, ’11

Nurse Practitioner, Columbia U

Julia Blumenstyk,’14

Ad Council of New York

Aneth Laban, ’10

PhD Biomedical Sciences, UMass Medical School

Sarah Kunkel, ’08

MA Elementary Education, Leslie U

Johanna Salay, ’11

MD, Tufts University

Shaquan Huntt, ’13


JD, Fordham University

Cheryl Haan, ’08

PhD Social Psychology, U of VA

Pollee Hruby, ’09

Nurse Practitioner, Yale University

Casey Lynch, ’09

Graphic Arts

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