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About Us 3

2008

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150+

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PRINCIPLES

Strive for the perfect balance
between form and function.

Question standard norms before
choosing to obey them.

Communicate with clarity, be complex
but never complicated.

Embrace the difficult decision
that drive creativity forward.

Constructive collegiality is key
to the stimulation of ideas.

Trust in collaboration
the hallmark of our work.


Team
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Rachel Barr, Ph.D.
Director

Dr. Barr was trained as a developmental and clinical psychologist in New Zealand. Since 2001 she has been director of the Georgetown Early Learning Project. The ELP shows that babies, toddlers and young children pick up information from a variety of sources, from television, from books, from computers, from touchscreens, from siblings, and across contexts. There are still many open questions about how babies and young children learn and remember. Psychology Department webpage.

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Olivia Blanchfield

Olivia Blanchfield graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. She became the lab manager of the Early Learning Project in the summer of 2017. Olivia’s work focuses on the Cognitive Flexibility study and projects with the Comprehensive Assessment of Family Media Exposure (CAFE) Consortium. Her interests include how media exposure affects development, the way in which pre-verbal infants transfer learning, as well as the mechanisms of resilience in childhood.

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Sylvia Rusnak

Sylvia Rusnak is a third year Psychology PhD student. She is interested in the elements of social interactions that are important for young children’s learning and memory processes, particularly with respect to media sources. Sylvia is studying the neural mechanisms that underlie this learning using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). She received her B.A. in Psychology and English, as well as a Minor in French, from Cornell University.


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