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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

Carlos Desme presents his master's thesis at APA 2022!


Congratulations to Carlos Desme on presenting his master's thesis (Individual differences on mental rotation and perspective-taking/spatial orientation: Relations to STEM interest and achievement) at the annual APA convention. Way to go, Carlos!

Dr. Pruden is recruiting new graduate students!


Dr. Pruden is recruiting new graduate students to start the Developmental Science Ph.D. program in Fall 2021! If you are interested in the development of language and spatial abilities in preschool aged children, please contact Dr. Pruden to learn more about her research, the graduate program at FIU and living in South Florida! Applications are due December 1, 2021.

PLSD Lab Hiring Postdoctoral Scholar


The PLSD lab is currently seek a talented post-doctoral scholar with excellent writing and analytic skills, interested in gaining training and publishing skills while collaborating on an exciting new NICHD-funded study examining the neuroscience of spatial development. To apply, please email Dr. Pruden at with cover letter, CV, research statement, two representative publications and 3 names of referees.