The lab studies motor skill in children and nonhuman primates, particularly how the hands are controlled. Our work utilizes behavioral observation and 3D motion tracking to examine multiple trajectories motor and language development.


  • Boeving, E.R., Lacreuse, A., Hopkins, W.D., Phillips, K.A., Novak, M.A., & Nelson, E.L. (3 Dec 2014). Handedness influences intermanual transfer in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) but not rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Experimental Brain Research. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-4158-8. Abstract
  • Nelson, E.L., Figueroa, A., Albright, S.N., & Gonzalez, M.F. (10 Sept 2014). Evaluating handedness measures in spider monkeys. Animal Cognition.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10071-014-0805-5. Abstract
  • Nelson, E.L., Konidaris, G.D., & Berthier, N.E. (2014). Hand preference status and reach kinematics in infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 37 (4), 615-623. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.08.013. Abstract

About Professor Nelson

Dr. Nelson earned her B.S. in Psychology and Communication Disorders from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University) and her M.S./Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 2010-2012, she was an NIH/NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Nelson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University.
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