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Tamara Medina

Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
216 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-1547

Biography

Dr. Medina primarily focuses on teaching and mentoring.  Her teaching interests focus on the areas of language, 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.  Additionally, Dr. Medina leads a Study Abroad program in the winter semester in Japan which focuses on the psychology of language.​

Dr. Medina’s research investigates 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, Cognitive Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.​

Degrees

B.S. Trinity College (Hartford, CT) 1996

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) 2007​

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC 100 General Psychology

PSYC 207 Research Methods

​PSYC 209 Measurement and Statistics

PSYC 325 Child Psychology

PSYC 344 Psychology of Language

PSYC 344 Psychology of Language – Study Abroad in Japan


Representative 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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