Rebecca Gomez

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Associate Professor, Cognition/Neural Systems
Director, Child Cognition Lab

BA 1985 Philosophy, New Mexico State University
MA 1989 Experimental Psychology, New Mexico State University
Ph.D. 1995 Experimental Psychology, New Mexico State University

Research Interests: 
  • Studying infant and child language acquisition
  • Investigating how sleep impacts learning and memory in infants and young children
  • Understanding developmental cognitive neuroscience

I study how infants, children and adults learn language; how their learning is improved by sleep; how they connect learning experiences across time and how the developing brain supports 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 memory processes are supported by the brain and how they change with development.

Selected Publications: 

Simon, K., Werchan, D., Goldstein, M., Sweeney, L., Nadel, L., Bootzin, R. R., & Gómez, R. L., (in press).  Sleep and statistical language learning: Insights into cortical development and retention in very young infants. Brain and Language. Available online for early view.

Sandoval, M., LeClerc, J., & Gómez, R. L. (2017). Words to sleep on: Naps facilitate verb generalization in habitually and nonhabitually napping preschoolers. Child Development. Available online for early view.

Gómez, R. L. (2016). Do infants retain the statistics of a statistical learning experience? Insights from a developmental cognitive neuroscience perspective. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B. 372: 20160054.

Gordon, K.R., McGregor, K.K., Waldier, B., Curran, M., Gómez, R.L., Samuelson, L.K. (2016). Preschool Children’s Memory for Word Forms Remains Stable Over Several Days, but Gradually Decreases after Six Months. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, 7, Article 1439.

Sandoval, M., & Gómez, R. L. (2016). Overriding the metrical bias with lexical information: English-learning 7.5-month-olds use Mommy to segment iambic words. Language Learning & Development, 12, 398-412.

Gómez, R.L. & Edgin, J.O. (2016). The extended trajectory of hippocampal development: implications for early memory development and disorder. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, pp. 57-69. DOI information: 10.1016/j.dcn.2015.08.009

Bryant, N.B., & Gómez, R.L. (2015). The Teen Sleep Epidemic: What can be done? Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1, 116-125.

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, 9, 183-189.

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.

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