The lab studies motor skill in children and nonhuman primates, particularly how the hands are controlled. Our work examines links between motor abilities and cognition, including reasoning, communication, and language. The lab is affiliated with the Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology at FIU in Miami, FL.

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  • Michel, G.F., Campbell, J.M., Marcinowski, E.C., Nelson, E.L., & Babik, I. (2016). Infant hand preference and the development of cognitive abilities. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:410. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00410. Download paper
  • Gonzalez, S.L., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., & Nelson, E.L. (2016). Quantifying motor experience in the infant brain: EEG coherence, power and mu desynchronization. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:216. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00216. Download paper
  • Nelson, E.L., & Boeving, E.R. (2015). Precise digit use increases the expression of handedness in Colombian spider monkeys (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris). American Journal of Primatology, 77, 1253-1262. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22478. Abstract
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