BA 1985 Philosophy, New Mexico State University
MA 1989 Experimental Psychology, New Mexico State University
Ph.D. 1995 Experimental Psychology, New Mexico State University
I study how infants, children and adults learn, how their learning is improved by sleep, and how they connect learning experiences across time. I study learning in the context of language acquisition. I also study the memory processes that enable learners to update their memories with new information. Many of these processes are used throughout the lifespan so I conduct studies with learners of different ages to better understand how these processes change with development.
If you are a student interested in research experiences please go to the following link childcognitionlab.arizona.edu/indexForStudents.html
*Bryant, N.B., & Gómez, R.L. (in press). The Teen Sleep Epidemic: What can be done? Translational Issues in Psychological Science.
Gómez, R.L. & Edgin, J.O. (2015). Sleep as a window into early neural development: Shifts in sleep-dependent memory formation across early childhood. Child Development Perspectives.
*Gonzales, K., Gerken, LA & Gómez, R. L. (2015). Does hearing two dialects at different times help infants learn dialect-specific rules? Cognition, 140, 60-71.
Plante, E., Patterson, D., Gómez, R., Almryde, K., Asbjørnsen (2015). The nature of the language input affects brain activation during learning from a natural language. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 17-34.
*Werchan, D. M., & Gómez, R. L. (2013). Wakefulness (Not Sleep) Promotes Generalization of Word Learning in 2.5-Year-Old Children. Child Development, 85, 429-436. PMID: 23962141
*Sandoval, M., & Gómez, R. L. (2013). Learning of nonadjacent dependencies in natural and artificial languages. Wires Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1244.
Torkildsen, J. V. K., *Dailey, N. S., *Aguilar, J. M., Gómez, R. L., Plante, E. (2013). Exemplar variability facilitates rapid learning of an otherwise unlearnable grammar. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 618-629. PMID: 22988285 (2013 Editors’ Award for the Language section of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. An article selected for an Editors’ Award is the one that the Editor and Associate Editors feel meets the highest quality standards in research design, presentation, and impact for a given year.)
Dongaonkar, B., Hupbach, A., Gómez, R., & Nadel, L. (2013). Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Episodic Memory Updating. Psychopharmacology. PMID: 23404063
*Werchan, D. M., & Gómez, R. L. (2013). An interaction between reinforcement learning and sleep to facilitate transitive inference. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 100, 70-76. PMID: 23257278
Lany, J. A., Gómez, R. L. (2012). Probabilistically cued patterns trump perfect cues in statistical language acquisition. Language Learning and Development, 9, 66-87.
Nadel, L., Hupbach, A., Gómez, R., & *Newman-Smith. K. (2012). Memory formation, consolidation and transformation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 1640-1645.
Hupbach, A., Gómez, R. L., & Nadel, L. (2011). Episodic memory updating: the role of context familiarity. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 787-797. PMID: 21647786
Gómez, R. L., *Newman-Smith, K. C., *Breslin, J. H., & Bootzin, R. R. (2011). Sleep, memory, and learning in children. In B. Stickgold (Ed.) Learning, memory & sleep. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 6, 45-57.
Hupbach, A., Gómez, R., & Nadel, L. (2009). Episodic Memory Reconsolidation: Updating or Source Confusion? Memory, 17, 502-510. PMID: 19468955
Hupbach, A., Gómez, R., Bootzin, R., & Nadel, L. (2009). Nap-dependent learning in infants. Developmental Science, 12, 1007-1012. PMID: 19840054
*Lany, J. A., Gómez, R. L. (2008). Twelve-Month-Olds Benefit from Prior Experience in Statistical Learning. Psychological Science, 19, 1247-1252. PMCID241477
Hupbach, A., Hardt, O., Gómez, R., Nadel, L. (2008). The dynamics of memory: Context-dependent updating. Learning & Memory, 15, 574-579. PMID: 18685148
*Lany, J. A., Gómez, R. L., & Gerken, L.A. (2007). The role of prior experience in language acquisition. Cognitive Science, 31, 481-508. PMID: 21635305
Hupbach, A., Gómez, R., Hardt, O., U Nadel, L. (2007). Reconsolidation of episodic memories: A subtle reminder triggers integration of new information. Learning & Memory, 14, 47-53. PMID: 17202429
*Grunow, H., *Spaulding, T. J., Gómez, R. L. & Plante, E. (2006). The effects of variation on learning word order rules by adults with and without language-based learning disabilities. Journal of Communication Disorders, 39, 158-170. PMID: 16376369
Gómez, R. L., Bootzin, R., & Nadel, L. (2006). Naps promote abstraction in language learning infants. Psychological Science, 17, 670-674. PMID: 16913948
Gómez, R. L., & Maye, J. (2005). The developmental trajectory of nonadjacent dependency learning. Infancy, 7, 183-206.
Gómez, R. L., & *Lakusta, L. (2004). A first step in form-based category abstraction by 12-month-old infants. Developmental Science, 7, 567-580. PMID: 15603290
Gómez, R. L. (2002). Variability and detection of invariant structure. Psychological Science, 13, 431-436. PMID: 12219809
Plante, E., Gómez, R. L., & Gerken, L. A. (2002). Sensitivity to word order cues by normal and language/learning disabled adults. Journal of Communication Disorders, 35, 453-462. PMID: 12194564
Thompson, L. A., Gómez, R. L., Schvaneveldt, R. W. (2000). The salience of temporal cues in the developing structure of event knowledge. American Journal of Psychology, 113, 591-619. PMID: 11131744
Gómez, R. L., & Gerken, L. A. (2000). Infant artificial language learning and language acquisition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences (4) 178-186. PMID: 10782103
Gómez, R. L., Gerken, L., & Schvaneveldt, R. W. (2000). The basis of transfer in artificial grammar learning. Memory & Cognition, (28) 253-263. PMID: 10790980
Gómez, R. L. & Gerken, L. A. (1999). Artificial grammar learning by one-year-olds leads to specific and abstract knowledge. Cognition, 70, 109-135. PMID: 10349760
Schvaneveldt, R. W., Reid, G. B, Gómez, R. L., & Rice, S. (1998). Modeling mental workload. Cognitive Technology, 3, 19-31.
Schvaneveldt, R. W. & Gómez, R. (1998). Attention and probabilistic sequence learning. Psychological Research, 61, 175-190.
Gómez, R. L. (1997). Transfer and complexity in artificial grammar learning. Cognitive Psychology, 33, 154-207. PMID: 9245469
Gómez, R. L., Hadfield, O. D., & Housner, L. D. (1996). Conceptual maps and simulated teaching episodes as indicators of competence in teaching elementary mathematics. Journal of Educational Psychology, 88, 572-585.
Gómez, R., Schvaneveldt, R., & Staudenmayer, H. (1996). Assessing beliefs about environmental illness/multiple chemical sensitivity. Journal of Health Psychology, 1(1), 107-123. PMID: 22011524
*Gómez, R. L. & Schvaneveldt, R. W. (1994). What is learned from artificial grammars? Transfer tests of simple associative knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 20(2), 396-410.