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Tamara Medina
Assistant Professor
Office Hours:
Wednesdays: 2:30-3:30
University of Delaware
436 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716

Background and Interests

Dr. Medina researches how children learn their first language – how they comprehend the words and sentences they hear, and learn to put them together into sentences of their own. Her research bridges the disciplines of Linguistics and Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. Dr. Medina’s teaching interests focus on the areas of cognition and development, as well as grounding undergraduates in the foundations of psychological research – introductory psychology, research methods, and the use of statistical inference in hypothesis testing.


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Department of Cognitive Science

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC100: General Psychology

PSYC209: Measurement and Statistics

PSYC325: Child Psychology

Recent Publications

Trueswell, J.C., Medina, T.N., Hafri, A., & Gleitman, L.R. (2013). Propose but verify: Fast mapping meets cross-situational word learning. Cognitive Psychology, 66(1), 126-156.

Cartmill, E.A., Armstrong, B., Gleitman, L.R., Goldin-Meadow, S., Medina, T.N., & Trueswell, J.C. (2013). Quality of early parent input predicts child vocabulary three years later. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(28), 11278-11283.

Medina, T.N., Snedeker, J., Trueswell, J.C., & Gleitman, L.R. (2011). How words can and cannot be learned by observation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(22), 9014-9019.



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