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Lana Karasik
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Phone: 718-982-3778
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., New York University
Training Area: Cognitive and Comparative Psychology (CCP)|Developmental Psychology
Research Interests: Bidirectional effects of infant-mother interaction; within and cross-cultural studies of infants and mothers; perceptual-motor and social-cognitive development in infancy
I study the development of infants across multiple domains including perceptual-motor and social-cognitive with a focus on culture and context. Through naturalistic and experimental investigations, I examine how infants’ emerging motor skills offer new opportunities to explore and navigate their surroundings, engage with people, and use social information to make decisions about action. Reciprocally, I examine how caregivers modify their expectations and behaviors as a result of their infants’ changing skills. Finally, I consider the role of culture and context in shaping parents’ beliefs and practices thereby altering children’s developmental pathways.