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Sofia Jimenez

Graduate Student
Research Area: Developmental Science

I am interested in language and concept development in preschool-aged children. My research focuses on the contexts in which children learn words best. Recently I've been most interested in children's self-motivated word learning and the abilities that might influence it such as curiosity, metacognition, selective-trust, and existing language ability. In another line of research I examine how children reason about human's actions on the environment.

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Representative Publications

Jimenez, S., Saylor, M., (2017). Preschoolers' word learning and story comprehension during shared book reading. Cognitive Development. 

Jimenez, S., Ryan, K., Saylor, M., (2016). Increasing preschoolers’ awareness of lexical ignorance to encourage word-learningProceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Jimenez, S., Saylor, M., (2015). Instructional placement and memory skills predict preschoolers’ learning during shared book reading. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society Meeting 2015. 

De Jong, M. Weaver, K, Jimenez, S. Kedrick, K. Saylor, M. (2015). Children’s and adults’ inferences about human impacts on the environment. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society Meeting 2015. 

Jacobson, R., Jimenez, S., Osina, M., Weaver, C., Saylor, M. (2015) Factors influencing preschoolers' information seeking behavior. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting 2015         

Jimenez, S. Rowe, L. Saylor, M.(2015) Vocabulary teaching styles during joint-reading with preschoolers. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting 2015

Saylor, M., Osina, M. Jimenez, S., Ganea, P., Tassin, T. (2014). “Preschoolers use verbal descriptions to build representations” Jean Piaget Society Conference. May 2014

Creel, S. C., & Jiménez, S. R. (2012). Differences in talker recognition by preschoolers and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Dec 2012;113(4):487-509 


Honors

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2015-2018)