Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Chicago, 2016
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Chicago, 2012
  • B.S., Neuroscience, Brown University, 2008

Research Interests

My research program focuses on 1) mathematical learning and development in early childhood, 2) the behavioral, neural, and cognitive effects of learning new mathematical ideas through gestures or transitive actions, and 3) the relationship between early social or home environments and later cognitive skills and academic outcomes. I work primarily with children ages 3-12 years, and my research takes place in the laboratory, at nearby schools, and in collaboration with Lewisburg community organizations.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 204: Human Cognition
  • PSYC 216: Research Methods
  • PSYC 319: Mathematical Development

Research at Bucknell

I am the head investigator of the Cognitive Development Lab (est. 2017) at Bucknell University. Please contact me if you are an undergraduate who is interested in gaining research experience in my lab. I will be accepting new students as of Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019.

Selected Publications

Congdon, E.L., Novack, M.A., Brooks, N.B., Hemani-Lopez, N., O'Keefe, L. & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2017) Better together: Simultaneous presentation of speech and gesture in math instruction supports generalization and retention. Learning and Instruction.

Novack, M.A., Congdon, E.L., Wakefield, E.M. & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2017) Gesture's role in reflecting and fostering conceptual change. In T. Amin & O. Levrini (Eds.), Converging and complementary perspectives on conceptual change. N.Y.:  Routledge.

Glenn, D.E., Demir-Lira, Ö.E., Gibson, D.J., Congdon, E.L. & Levine, S.C. (2017) Resilience in mathematics after early brain injury: The roles of parental input and early plasticity. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Congdon, E.L., Novack, M.A., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2016) Gesture in Experimental Studies: How videotape technology can advance psychological theory. Organizational Research Methods.

Gibson, D., Congdon, E.L. & Levine, S.C. (2015) The effects of word learning biases on Children's Concept of Angle. Child Development.

Novack, M.A., Congdon, E.L., Hemani-Lopez, N. & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2014) From action to abstraction: Using the hands to learn math. Psychological Science.

Righi, G., Westerlund, A., Congdon, E.L., Troller-Renfree, S., & Nelson, C.A. (2013) Infant's experience-dependent processing of male and female faces: Insights from eye tracking and event-related potentials. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Congdon, E.L., Westerlund, A., Algarin, C.R., Peirano, P.D., Gregas, M., Lozoff, B. & Nelson, C.A. (2012) Iron deficiency is associated with altered neural correlates of recognition memory at 10 years. Journal of Pediatrics.


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