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


  • Nelson, E.L., Campbell, J.M., & Michel, G.F. (2014). Early handedness in infancy predicts language ability in toddlers. Developmental Psychology, 50, 809-814.
    DOI: 10.1037/a0033803. Abstract
  • Michel, G.F., Babik, I., Nelson, E.L., Campbell, J.M., & Marcinowski, E.C. (2013). How the development of handedness could contribute to the development of language. Developmental Psychobiology, 55, 608-620. DOI: 10.1002/dev.21121. Abstract
  • Nelson, E.L., Campbell, J.M., & Michel, G.F. (2013). Unimanual to bimanual: Tracking the development of handedness from 6 to 24 months. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 181-188. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2013.01.009. 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. Go to personal webpage.