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Emberson, L. L., Misyak, J. B., Schwade, J. A., Christiansen, M. H., & Goldstein, M. H. (in press). Comparing Statistical Learning Across Perceptual Modalities in Infancy: An Investigation of Underlying Learning Mechanism(s), Developmental Science. [PDF]

Emberson, L. L.. (in press). Neuroscience Research Methods. In Janette Benson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development, 2nd edition. [PDF]


Xiao, N., Ghersin, H., Dombrowski, N. D., Boldin, A. M., & Emberson, L. L. (2024). Infants’ top-down perceptual modulation is specific to own-race faces. Jounral of Experimental Child Psychology, 242: 105889. [PDF]

Burr, S. D., Pirazolli, L., Dopierala, A. W., Bejjanki, V. R., Nelson, C. A., & Emberson, L. L. (2024). Longitudinal Assessments of Functional Near-Infrared ASpectroscopy Background Functional Connectivity in Low- and Middle-Income Infants during a Social Cognition Task. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 153(3): 798-813. [PDF]


Jaffe-Dax, S., Potter, C., Leung, T., Emberson, L. L. & Lew-Williams, C. (2023). The influence of memory on visual perception in infants, children, and adults. Cognitive Science, 47(11): e13381. [PDF]

Magee A. L., Pirazzoli L., Sanchez-Alonso S., Sullivan E. F., Perdue K. L., Zinszer B., Bejjanki V. R., Richards J. E., Culver J. P., Aslin R. N., Emberson L. L., Eggebrecht A. T. (2023). Scalp-based parcellation for longitudinal fNIRS studies. Proceedings of SPIE. [PDF]

Xiao, N. G., Emberson, L. L. (2023). Visual Perception Is Highly Flexible and Context Dependent in Young Infants: A Case of Top-Down-Modulated Motion Perception. Sage Journals. [PDF]

Reuter, T., Mazzei, C., Lew-Williams, C., Emberson, L. L. (2023). Infants’ lexical comprehension and lexical anticipation abilities are closely linked in early language development. Infancy. [PDF]

Gervain, J., Minagawa, Y., Emberson, L. L. & Lloyd-Fox, S. (2023). Using functional near-infrared spectroscopy to study the early developing brain: future directions and new challenges. Neurophotonics. [PDF]


Baek, S., Jaffe-Dax, S., Bejjanki, Vikranth R., & Emberson, L. L. (2022). Temporal Predictability Modulates Cortical Activity and Functional Connectivity in the Frontoparietal Network in 6-Month-Old Infants. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. [PDF]


Zhang, F., & Emberson, L. L. (2020). Using pupillometry to investigate predictive processes in infancy. Infancy. 2020;00:1-23. [PDF]

Jaffe-Dax, S., Bermano, A. H., Erel, Y., & Emberson, L. L. (2020). Video-based motion-resilient reconstruction of three-dimensional position for functional near-infrared spectroscopy and electroencephalography head mounted probes, Neurophotonics, 7(3): 035001. [PDF]

Baek, S., Jaffe-Dax, S., & Emberson, L. L. (2020). How an infant’s active response to structured experience supports perceptual-cognitive development. 10.1016/bs.pbr.2020.05.015. [PDF]

Jaffe-Dax, S., Boldin, A., Daw, N. D., & Emberson, L. L. (2020). The computational role of top-down connections from the frontal cortex in infancy. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. [PDF]


Zhang, Y., & Emberson, L. L. (2019). Opposing Timing Constraints Severely Limit the Use of Pupillometry to Investigate Visual Statistical Learning, Frontiers in Psychology, 10:1792.

Xiao, N. G. & Emberson, L. L. (2019). Infants Use Knowledge of Emotions to Augment Face Perception: Evidence of Top-down Perception Early in Life, Cognition, 193: 104019.

Emberson, L. L., Mazzei, C., Loncar, N., Treves, I. N.  & Goldberg, A. (2019). The Blowfish Effect: Children and Adults Use Atypical Exemplars to Infer Subordinate Categories during Word Learning, Journal of Child Language, 46(5): 938-954.

Emberson, L. L. (2019). The role of learning and memory in early visual development. Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Eds. Diane Beck, Kara Federmeier). 70: Knowledge and Vision, 129-160.

Zhang, Y., Jaffe-Dax, S., Wilson, R., & Emberson, L. L. (2019). Prediction in infants and adults: A pupillometry study, Developmental Science, 22(4), e12790

Emberson, L. L., Boldin, A., Robertson, C., Cannon, G. & Aslin, R. N. (2019). Expectation Affects Neural Repetition Suppression in Infancy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 37, 100587.


Boldin, A., Geiger, R. & Emberson, L. L. (2018). The Emergence of Top-Down, Sensory Prediction During Learning in Infancy: A Comparison of Full-term and Preterm Infants, Developmental Psychobiology, 60(5), 544-556.

Reuter, T., Emberson, L. L., Romberg, A., & Lew-Williams, C. (2018). Individual differences in nonverbal prediction and vocabulary size in infancy, Cognition, 176, 215-219.


Kersey, A. J., & Emberson, L. L. (2017). Tracing trajectories of audio-visual learning in the infant brain, Developmental Science, 1-13.

Karuza, E. A., Emberson, L. L., Roser, M.,  Aslin, R. N., Cole, D., & Fiser, J. (2017). Neural signatures of spacial and statistical learning: Characterizing the extraction of structure from complicit visual scenes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(12): 1963-1976.

Zinszer, B. D., Bayet, L., Emberson, L. L., Raizada, R. D. S., & Aslin, R. N. (2017). Decoding semantic representations from functional near inferred spectroscopy signals. Neurophotonics: sfNIRS 2019 Special Issue 5(1): 011003.

Emberson, L. L., Rizzieri, A., & Aslin, R. N. (2017) How Visual is Visual Prediction? Infancy, 22(6): 748-761.

Emberson, L. L., Zinszer B. D., Raizaza, R. D. S., & Aslin, R. N. (2017). Decoding the Infant Mind: Multichannel Pattern Analysis (MCPA) using fNIRS, PLoS One, 12(4): e0172500.

Emberson, L. L., Crosswhite, S. L., Richards, J. E., & Aslin, R. N. (2017). The Lateral Occipital Cortex Is Selective for Object Shape, Not Texture, at 6 Months, The Journal of Neuroscience, 37(13): 3698-3703.

Emberson, L. L. (2017). How does experience shape early development? Considering the role of top-down mechanisms. In Janette Benson (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior, Vol. 52. Elsevier Publishing. (Email Lauren Emberson to request a copy).

Emberson, L. L., Boldin, A., Riccio, J. E., Guillet, R., & Aslin, R. N. (2017). Deficits in Top-Down, Sensory Prediction in Infants At-Risk due to Premature Birth. Current Biology, 27, 1-6.

Emberson, L. L., Palmeri, H., Cannon, G., Richards, J. E., & Aslin, R. N. (2017). Using fNIRS to examine occipital and temporal responses to repetition in young infants: Evidence of selective frontal cortex involvement, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 26-38.


Emberson, L. L., Lewkowicz, D. J., & Bavelier, D. (2016). Perceptual Development. Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology. Ed. Harold Miller.

Emberson, L. L. (2016). Gaining knowledge mediates changes in perception (without differences in attention): A case for perceptual learning. Commentary on Firestone & School for Brain and Behavioral Sciences. 

Goodwin, J. R., Cannaday, A. E., Palmeri, H., Di Costanzo, A., Emberson, L. L., Aslin, R. N., & Berger, A. J. (2016). Methodology for high-yield acquisition of functional near-infrared spectroscopy data from alert, upright infants. Neurophotonics, 3(3), 031415.

Emberson, L. L., & Rubinstein, D. (2016). Statistical learning is constrained to less abstract patterns in complex sensory input (but not the least). Cognition153, 63-78.

Emberson, L. L., Crosswhite, S. L., Goodwin, J. R., Berger, A. J., & Aslin, R. N. (2016). Isolating the effects of systemic vasculature in infant neuroimagin experiments using short distance optical channels: A combination of local and global effects. Neurophotonics, 3(3), 031406.


Emberson, L. L., Richards, J. E., & Aslin, R. N. (2015). Top-down modulation in the infant brain: Learning-induced expectations rapidly affect the sensory cortex at 6 months. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 112 (31), 9585–9590.

Aslin, R.N., Shukla, M., Emberson, L.L. (2015). Hemodynamic Correlates of Cognition in Human Infants. Annu. Rev. Psychol. 66:349–79. First published online as a Review in Advance on September 22, 2014.


Karuza, E. A.⋆, Emberson, L. L.⋆ & Aslin, R. N. (2014). Invited Review: Combining fMRI and Behavioral Measures to Examine the Process of Human Learning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 109, 193-206.
⋆ these authors contributed equally to this publication


Emberson, L. L., Liu, R., & Zevin, J. D. (2013). Finding Functional Units Amidst Perceptual Variability: or How is Statistical Learning Accomplished Using Varying Exemplars of Novel, Complex Sound Categories? Cognition, 128: 82-102.


Emberson, L. L. & Amso, D. (2012). Learning to Sample: Eye Tracking and fMRI Indices of Changes in Object Perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 24:2030-2042.


Emberson, L. L., Conway, C. M., & Christiansen, M. H. (2011). Timing is everything: Changes in Presentation Rate have Opposite Effects on Auditory and Visual Implicit Statistical Learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64:1021-1040


Emberson, L. L., & Rubinstein, D. (2010). Learning from Environmental Regularities is Grounded in Specific Objects not Abstract Categories. In S. Ohlsson and R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings for the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, (p. 2518-2523). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.


Emberson, L. L., Liu, R., & Zevin, J. D. (2009). Statistics All the Way Down: How is Statistical Learning Accomplished Using Novel, Complex Sound Categories? In N. Taatgen and H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (p. 995-1000). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.


Emberson, L. L., Weiss, R. J., Barbosa, A. V., Vatikiotis-Bateson, E., & Spivey, M. J. (2008).  Crossed hands curve saccades: Multisensory dynamics in saccade trajectories. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 369-374)Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. 

Doesburg, S. Emberson, L. L., Rahi, A., Cameron, D., & Ward, L. M. (2008). Asynchonry from synchrony: Long-range gamma-band neural synchrony accompanies perception of audiovisual asynchrony in speech. Experimental Brain Research, 185, 11-20.