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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  • Nelson, E.L., & Boeving, E.R. (4 Sept 2015). Precise digit use increases the expression of handedness in Colombian spider monkeys (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris). American Journal of Primatology. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22478. Abstract
  • 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
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