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.


  • Michel, G.F., Marcinowski, E.C., Babik, I., Campbell, J.M., & Nelson, E.L. (2015). An interdisciplinary biopsychosocial perspective on psychological development. In S.D. Calkins (Ed.), Handbook of Infant Development: Biopsychosocial Perspectives (pp. 427-446). Guildford Publications. Buy book
  • Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson, E.L. (2015). Addressing the gap: A blueprint for studying bimanual hand preference in infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:560. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00560. Download paper
  • Boeving, E.R., Lacreuse, A., Hopkins, W.D., Phillips, K.A., Novak, M.A., & Nelson, E.L. (2015). Handedness influences intermanual transfer in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) but not rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Experimental Brain Research, 233, 829-837. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-014-4158-8. Abstract