Larissa K. Samuelson University of Iowa


For her innovative theoretical and empirical work on the processes that give rise to change over development in young children’s word learning. Larissa K. Samuelson’s work, which encompasses change in the moment and change over time, has revealed how short-term word learning experiences in the laboratory produce longer term biases that affect how children learn words in the real world. This work provides a beautiful example of how developmental change emerges out of cyclical organism–environment interactions that occur over short and long time scales. Her integrated computational, empirical, and theoretical approaches to understanding change serve as a model for the study of development.