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Cognition, Language, and Development


Cognition, Language, and Development

Students and faculty in the Cognition, Language, and Development (CLD) training area perform research to understand the mechanisms and basic processes responsible for knowledge in a range of domains and populations, including animals and atypical groups as well as human adults and children. We work on perception, memory, attention, creativity, learning, decision-making, language acquisition, and language processing, in adults and in children. We use a variety of methods – including, among others, observations, behavioral and neuroscience experiments, and computational modeling – to answer fundamental questions about the inner workings of the mind, the acquisition and development of knowledge, the forms of mental representations, underlying brain mechanisms, and the use of knowledge in a range of areas. Training in CLD prepares students for careers in academia (research and teaching), as well as in health, education, business, and industrial settings.

Learn more by visiting the CLD website at:

Virginia Valian

Distinguished Professor
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 772-5463

Aaron Kozbelt

Associate Professor
Brooklyn College   
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Phone: (718) 951-5601