Richard N. Aslin

Yale University

Election Year: 2013
Primary Section: 52, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Membership Type: Member


Richard N. Aslin is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester (NY).  He is a developmental psychologist who studies how human infants, children, and adults perceive and attend to visual and auditory information and use that information to learn about their environment, especially in the domain of language.  Aslin was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1949 and received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Michigan State University in 1971 and his doctorate in child psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1975.  He was on the faculty of Indiana University before moving to the University of Rochester in 1984.  He has served as chair of the department of psychology, dean of arts and sciences, vice provost and dean of the college, and director of the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging.  Aslin is immediate past president of the International Society for Infant Studies and is currently the chair of Section J (psychology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Research Interests

Aslin's research is concerned with how human infants develop knowledge about their world, with an emphasis on language learning.  He uses both behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study what infants know and how distributions of information shape their knowledge via implicit learning mechanisms.  His recent work employs machine-learning techniques to assess patterns of brain activity that are correlated with mental representations.

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