Office: Dickson 247
Office Telephone: (973) 655- 7951
Lab Telephone: (973) 655- 4045
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- Associate Professor, 2014 – Present: Department of Psychology,
Montclair State University
- Assistant Professor, 2008 – 2013: Department of
Psychology, Montclair State University
- Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005 – 2008: Department of
Psychology, Harvard University
- Language Development
- Conceptual Development
- Spatial Language
- Spatial Representations
- Williams Syndrome
- Ph.D, 2005: Psychological and Brain Science/Cognitive
Science, Johns Hopkins University Developmental Psychology
- Doctoral Thesis: Source and Goal Asymmetry in Non-Linguistic Motion Event Representations
- M.A., 2001 Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns
- Master’s Thesis: Infant Category Acquisition: The First Step
- B.A., 2000: Psychology, Lehigh University
- Semester Abroad: Department of Psychology, University
College of London, 1999
Lakusta, L. & Muentener, P., Petrillo, L., Mullanaphy, N., & Muniz, L., (2016). Does making something move matter? Representations of goals and sources in causal motion events. Cognitive Science, 1-13, DOI:10.1111/cogs.12376.
Lakusta, L. & Carey, S. (2015).Twelve-month-old infants’ encoding of goal and source Paths in agentive and non-agentive motion events. Language Learning and Development, 11(2), 152-175. DOI: 10.1080/15475441.2014.8966168
Lakusta, L. & Landau, L. (2012). Language and memory for motion events: Origins of the asymmetry between goal and source paths. Cognitive Science, 1-28, DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01220.x.
Muentener, P. & Lakusta, L. (2011). The intention-to-CAUSE bias: Evidence from children’s causal language. Cognition, 119, 341-355.
O’Hearn, K., Lakusta, L., Schroer, E., Minshew, N., Luna, B. (2011). Deficits in adults with autism spectrum disorders when processing multiple objects in dynamic scenes. Autism Research, 4(2), 132-142, PMID: 21254449
Lakusta, L., Dessalegn, B., & Landau, B. (2010). Impaired geometric reorientation caused by genetic defect. PNAS, 107(7), 2813-2817. PMID: 20133673.
Landau, B. & Lakusta, L. (2009). Spatial representations across species: geometry, language, and maps. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 19, 1-8.
McRoberts, G.W., McDonough, C., & Lakusta, L. (2009). The role of verbal repetition in the development of infant speech preference from 4- to 14-months of age. Infancy, 14(2), 162-194.
Wagner, L. & Lakusta, L. (2009). Using language to navigate the infant mind. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4(2), 177-184.
Lakusta, L., Wagner, L., OHearn, K., & Landau, B. (2007). Conceptual foundations of spatial language: Evidence for a goal bias in infants. Language Learning and Development, 3(3), 179-197.
Landau, B. & Lakusta, L. (2006). Spatial language and spatial representation: Autonomy and interaction. In M. Hickmann & S. Roberts (Eds.), Space in languages: linguistic systems and cognitive categories. Part of the Typological Studies in Language series. John Benjamin Publishers.
Gomez. R. L. & Lakusta, L. (2004). A first step in form-based category abstraction by 12-month- old infants. Developmental Science, 7 (5), 567-580.
Landau, B., Hoffman, J. E., Reiss, J. E., Dilks, D. D., Lakusta, L., & Chunyo, G. (2004). Specialization and breakdown in spatial cognition: Lessons from Williams syndrome. In C. Morris, H. Lenhoff, & P. Wang (Eds.), Williams-Beuren Syndrome: Research and Clinical Perspectives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.