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11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-9055
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The Project on Language and Spatial Development

The Project on Language and Spatial Development at Florida International University, directed by Dr. Shannon Pruden, conducts cutting-edge research on language development and spatial development. Using state-of-the-art technology, such as eye-tracking and structural MRI, we are beginning to discover how children learn their first and second languages, and how they learn about the spatial world in which they live. Our research on developing spatial competence informs educational practice in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Our research is published in scientific journals and books. Contact us to learn more about how you can contribute to the understanding of children’s development! Or sign up for the FIU Cub Club to hear more about studies in our lab and other FIU developmental labs!

Latest News

Newest Lab Publication in Developmental Science!


Check out our newest PLSD lab publication with Vanessa Vieites, Anna Shusterman and Bethany Reeb-Sutherland: Using Hippocampal-Dependent Eyeblink Conditioning to Predict Individual Differences in Spatial Reorientation Strategies in 3- to 6-Year-Olds,

Check out our newest publication!


Dr. Pruden has a new publication in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology entitled "Intersensory redundancy promotes infant detection of prosodic changes in infant-directed speech."

LaTreese Hall will join PLSD lab in Fall 2019!


The PLSD lab welcomes LaTreese Hall who will join our lab in Fall 2019 as a doctoral student in the Developmental Science program!