Biography

Larissa Samuelson joined the School of Psychology as a professor in 2015. She received a BS with honors from Indiana University in 1993 and a joint Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Indiana University in 2000. From 2000-2015 she was in the Psychology Department at the University of Iowa. In 2010 Larissa received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of developmental psychology. She has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2004 and is an affiliate of the DeLTA Center.

Indicative Publications

Perone, S., Molitor, S., Buss, A.T., Spencer, J.P., & Samuelson, L.K. (2015). Inducing dimensional attention in the dimensional change card sort task. Child Development, 86(3) 812-827.

Kucker, S.C, McMurray, B. & Samuelson, L.K. (2015). Slowing down fast-mapping, redefining the dynamics of word learning. Child Development Perspectives, 9(2) 74-78

Jenkins, G., Samuelson, L.K., Smith, J.R., & Spencer, J.P. (2015) Non-Bayesian noun generalization in 3-5-year-old children: Probing the role of prior knowledge in the suspicious coincidence effect. Cognitive Science 39 268-306.

Perry, L.K., Samuelson, L.K., & Burdinie, J.B. (2014). Highchair philosophers: the impact of seating context on young children’s naming biases. Developmental Science, 17(5) 757-765. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12147

All Publications

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Perone, S., Plebanek, D. J., Lorenz, M. G., Spencer, J. P., Samuelson, L. K.

(2017)

Empirical tests of a brain-based model of executive function development,

in Child Development

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Samuelson, L. K., Kucker, S. C., Spencer, J. P.

(2017)

Moving word learning to a novel space: A dynamic systems view of referent selection and retention,

in Cognitive Science

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pp. 52–72

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Samuelson, L. K.

(2017)

Introduction to the Special Issue Honoring the 2013 David E. Rumelhart Prize Recipient Linda B. Smith,

in Cognitive Science

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pp. 4

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Samuelson, L. K., McMurray, B.

(2017)

What does it take to learn a word?,

in WIREs Cognitive Science

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article no. e1421

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Gordon, K. R., McGregor, K. K., Waldier, B., Curran, M. K., Gomez, R. L., Samuelson, L. K.

(2016)

Preschool Children’s Memory for Word Forms Remains Stable Over Several Days, but Gradually Decreases after 6 Months,

in Frontiers in Psychology

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article no. 1439

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Kucker, S. C., McMurray, B., Samuelson, L. K.

(2015)

Slowing down fast mapping: Redefining the dynamics of word learning,

in Child Development Perspectives

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pp. 74-78

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Perone, S., Molitor, S. J., Buss, A. T., Spencer, J. P., Samuelson, L. K.

(2015)

Enhancing the executive functions of 3-year-olds in the Dimensional Change Card Sort task,

in Child Development

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pp. 812-827

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Samuelson, L. K., Jenkins, G. W., Spencer, J. P.

(2015)

Grounding cognitive-level processes in behavior: the view from dynamic systems theory,

in Topics in Cognitive Science

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pp. 191-205

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Jenkins, G. W., Samuelson, L. K., Smith, J. R., Spencer, J. P.

(2015)

Non-Bayesian noun generalization in 3- to 5-year-old children: Probing the role of prior knowledge in the suspicious coincidence effect,

in Cognitive Science

39

(2)

pp. 268-306

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Perry, L. K., Samuelson, L. K., Burdinie, J. B.

(2014)

Highchair philosophers: The impact of seating context-dependent exploration on children's naming biases,

in Developmental Science

17

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pp. 757-765

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Samuelson, L. K., Galligan, M.

(2014)

Dynamic systems theory and language development,

in Encyclopedia of Language Development.

Sage Publications

pp. 173-177

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Samuelson, L. K., Spencer, J. P., Jenkins, G. W.

(2013)

A dynamic neural field model of word learning,

in Theoretical and Computational Models of Word Learning : Trends in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence.

IGI Global

pp. 1-27

ISBN 9781466629738

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McMurray, B., Zhao, L., Kucker, S. C., Samuelson, L. K.

(2013)

Pushing the Envelope of Associative Learning: Internal Representations and Dynamic Competition Transform Association into Development,

in Theoretical and Computational Models of Word Learning : Trends in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence.

IGI Global

pp. 49-80

ISBN 9781466629738

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McMurray, B., Horst, J. S., Samuelson, L. K.

(2012)

Word learning emerges from the interaction of online referent selection and slow associative learning,

in Psychological Review

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pp. 831-877

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Kucker, S. C., Samuelson, L. K.

(2012)

The first slow step: Differential effects of object and word-form familiarization on retention of fast-mapped words,

in Infancy

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pp. 295-323

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Samuelson, L. K., Smith, L. B., Perry, L. K., Spencer, J. P.

(2011)

Grounding word learning in space,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e28095

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Samuelson, L. K.

(2011)

Abstract thinking in space and time: Using the environment to learn words,

in Cognition, brain, behavior : an interdisciplinary journal

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pp. 571-581

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Perry, L. K., Samuelson, L. K.

(2011)

The shape of the vocabulary predicts the shape of the bias,

in Frontiers in Psychology

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article no. 345

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Spencer, J. P., Perone, S., Smith, L. B., Samuelson, L. K.

(2011)

Learning words in space and time: Probing the mechanisms behind the suspicious-coincidence effect,

in Psychological Science

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pp. 1049-1057

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Jenkins, G. W., Samuelson, L. K., Spencer, J. P.

(2011)

Come down from the clouds: Grounding Bayesian insights in developmental and behavioral processes,

in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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pp. 204-206

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Key Research Interests

Professor Samuelson's research examines processes of cognitive development with a focus on early word and category learning and incorporates neural network and dynamic neural field models.