Rebecca Brand, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Area of Expertise:
- "Motionese" or Infant-Directed Action
- Vocabulary Development
- Television and Infant Development
- Sex Differences in Emotional Displays
- Evolutionary Theories of Attraction
Unlocking some of the mysteries of the world of infants is Dr. Brand's specialty. She researches and writes about related topics such as how television affects infant development, "motionese" or infant-directed action, and vocabulary development. Dr. Brand can also discuss the psychology of sex and relationships.
- Ph.D., University of Oregon
- M.S., University of Oregon
- B.A., Vassar College
- Brand, R.J., & Shallcross, W.L., "Infants prefer motionese to adult-directed action," Developmental Science, 11, 853-861, 2008.
- Brand, R.J., Markey, C.M., Mills, A., & Hodges, S.D., "Sex differences in self-reported infidelity and its correlates," Sex Roles, 57, 101-109, 2007.
- Brand, R.J., Shallcross, W.L., Sabatos, M.G., & Massie, K.P., "Fine-grained analysis of motionese: eye gaze, object exchanges, and action units in infant-versus adult-directed action," Infancy, 11, 203-214, 2007.
- Brand, R.J., & Tapscott, S., "Acoustic packaging of action sequences by infants," Infancy, 11, 321-332, 2007.
Selected Professional Experience
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Reed College
- Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon
- Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon
- Research Coordinator, Roberta Golinkoff's Infant Lab, University of Delaware
- Villanova Summer Research Fellowship and Research Support Grant, "How Do Mothers' Behaviors Affect Child Learning? : The Relationship Between Mothers, Action Modifications and Infants' Imitation," (2007).
- National Institutes of Health R-03 Research Grant (1R03 HD049562-01), "Infant-Directed Speech and Infants Action Processing," (2005-2007).
- Villanova Summer Research Fellowship and Research Support Grant, "When Actions Can't Speak for Themselves: The Role of Speech in Infants' Action Processing," (2004).
- National Institutes of Health NRSA Pre-doctoral Fellowship, "Inhibitory Control and Word Learning," (2000-2002).