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Julia Noland

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Human Development

Julia Noland studies cognitive control (the ability to override competing attentional and behavioral responses) in children. Her Ph.D. training was in experimental psychology with infants. That background is useful as she seeks to develop assessments to more specifically target distinct aspects of cognitive control, such as working memory and inhibitory control. Such targeted assessments are aimed at allowing for dialogue with neurobiological models of cognitive control. Noland's lab is working to develop infant assessments of cognitive control. Identifying profiles of cognitive control deficits earlier could inform our understanding of how behavioral and neurological development in this domain goes awry and suggest avenues for early intervention.

Representative Publications

  • Noland, J.S., & Rodrigues, N. P. (in press).Direct touches to clear barriers: Developmental sensitivity of a new measure of the production of ineffective responses in infancy. Child Neuropsychology.
  • Noland, J.S., Reznick, J.S, Stone, W.L., Walden, T., Sheridan, E.H. (2010).Better working memory for non-social targets in infant siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Developmental Science, 13 (1) 244-251.
  • Noland, J.S. (2008). Executive functioning demands of the Object Retrieval task for 8-month-old infants. Child Neuropsychology, 14 (6), 504-509.
  • Noland, J.S. (2007). It is not just about location: Infants perseverate to container shape during object search. Infancy, 3, 295-303.
  • Noland, J. S., Singer, L. T., Short, E. J., Minnes, S. Arendt, R. E., & Bearer, C. F. (2005). Prenatal substance exposure and selective attention in preschoolers. Neuroteratology and Toxicology, 27(3),429-438.
  • Noland, J. S., Singer, L. T., Mehta, S. K., & Super, D. M. (2003). Prenatal cocaine/polydrug exposure and infant performance on an executive functioning task. Developmental Neuropsychology 24(1),499-517.
  • Noland, J. S., Singer, L. T., Arendt, R. E., Minnes, S., Short, E. J., & Bearer, C. F. (2003). Executive functioning in preschool-age children prenatally exposed to alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana. Alcoholism: Experimental & Clinical Research, 27, 4, 647-656.