From learning a language to riding a bike, most of our experiences are multisensory in nature. The primary goal of the Multisensory processing Across Development Lab (MAD Lab) is to understand how infants, children, and adults process and integrate multisensory information and how this ability sub-serves various cognitive tasks such as word learning, categorization, statistical learning, and individuation.
To capture the dynamics of cross-modal processing, the lab uses a variety of behavioral (e.g., response times/accuracies), eye tracking (e.g., latency and duration of visual fixations) and cardiac (e.g., changes in heart rate and heart rate variability) measures/tasks. Learn more about the Behavioral and High-Tech Labs here. To capture how these processes change across the lifespan, we test toddlers (18- to 24-month-olds), children (2- to 6-year-olds), young adults (18- to 40-years), middle-aged adults (40- to 65-years), and older adults (greater than 65 years) in a variety of perceptual and cognitive studies.