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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, 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!

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Check out our newest lab publication!


Drs. Carla Abad, Rosalie Odean and Shannon Pruden recently published an article called: Sex differences in gains among Hispanic pre-kindergartners’ mental rotation skills. For more information please visit and download the article for free!

Dr. Pruden is recruiting new graduate students!


Dr. Pruden is recruiting new graduate students to start the Developmental Science Ph.D. program in Fall 2019! 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!

Dr. Pruden featured on NPR's Academic Minute


Dr. Shannon Pruden was recently featured on National Public Radio's podcast, Academic Minute. To hear this radio spot please visit: