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Congratulations to Andrea Cortave, Andrea Bernal, Yesenia Roman, and Alyssa Ream who did a fantastic job of presenting their posters at WPA 2022!
Check out their posters HERE.

The Little Athenians Lab is currently investigating the following research topics:

(Parenting Style and Children's ability to independently navigate social challenges) Inspired by the curiosity and passion of our researcher Anapaula (Ana) Munoz Constantino , we began brainstorming this study in Summer 2022. Ana is interested in how different parenting styles (she is especially curios about Gentle parenting, a relatively new way of parenting gaining popularity in the U.S. and Western Europe) impacts children's ability to be independent (when no adults are around) when they encounter difficult or tense social interactions (e.g., if child A does not want to share their toy but child B insists on taking it from them, how might child A's parenting style impact how this child handles this situation?). We have submitted proposal for this research study, and hope to present at upcoming SRCD conference in March 2023. Stay tuned :)

(One-Parent-One-Language; OPOL) In collaboration with Dr. Amy Booth (Vanderbilt University), we hope to analyze and interpret findings of data collected in Austin, TX some years ago, about the impact of parents who each speak a different language to their young children's (e.g., only one parent speaks Spanish and the other parent speaks only English to the child) language development skills.

IF YOU ARE A STUDENT AT MSMU:

(Your new project) I am also open to building new lines of research with students at MSMU. Even if you are interested in a topic outside of language (though still within the realms of cognitive or social psychology), and you are a student at MSMU, I encourage you to consider joining our lab!

I am usually looking for students who are willing to commit to at least 2 consecutive semesters in the lab, and because much of the work that we will be doing is self-lead, I am also looking for students who are reliable, engaged, and intrinsically motivated. We may be designing a new research study "from scratch," reading research articles, submitting IRB applications, recruiting human participants for data collection, analyzing data (using R and/or SPSS), and/or preparing poster or oral presentations for local, regional, or international conferences. :)

Also, if you'd like to help with our child studies, you may need to travel to local preschools and daycares (e.g., the Doheny Campus Child Development Center or schools in the Los Angeles area) for data collection, and must thus have a reliable means of transportation. 

We have finished data collection and are in the process of writing manuscripts (in hopes of publication) for the following projects:

(Forms of Address Project; FOA) We have assessed how different instructor's forms-of-address (e.g., Mrs., Miss, Professor, first-name) affect student's experience in the classroom, as well as the instructor's own reactions to how students engage with them, based on title differences. We have collected over 100 participants worth of data (both from students and from instructors) for this project. Two of our former research assistants presented findings at WPA in October, 2020 based on the findings of this project. 

Alyssa Ream also recently presented some of the findings from this study at WPA 2022. View this poster.

(Instructor's Attire; IA) In a follow up study to the FOA study above, we also studied how college instructor's attire (i.e, outfit/what they wear) impacts student's evaluations of the instructor and classroom climate. We have collected over 100 participants worth of data for this experimental survey. 

Andrea Cortave and Andrea Bernal  presented some of the findings from this study at WPA 2022. View this poster.

 

(Instructor's Colloquial Language; ICL) In yet another follow up study to FOA project, above, we have also explored how college instructor's language (e.g., use of humor and/or "slang") impacts student's evaluations, classroom climate, and retention of course material. We have over 500 points of data for this study, and hope to submit the manuscript for this research study, for review, in Spring 2023.

Yesenia Roman presented some of the findings from this study at WPA 2022. View this poster.

(Children's Language and Identity project) How do young children who are learning two or more languages at the same time assimilate these language skills and information about new cultures? How is their new language incorporated into their self-identity? Are there conflicts, for example, between a child's English-speaking self and their French-speaking self? An identity they express at school, and another they express at home, based on the languages spoken in those locations? With many new dual-language programs being offered in states like California and Texas, this line of research has important implications not only for conversations within the scholarly community, but for the ways that it may directly inform policy decisions about educational programs. For this study, we collected data from over thirty 7- to 10-year old bilingual children from All Souls World Language Catholic School, a dual-immersion school system here in Los Angeles. We thank the directors, principals, and families at All Souls for their participation! We hope to begin writing this paper, for publication, in early 2022. I am looking for a motivated student to help me in co-authoring this manuscript! Please apply below if you are interested :)

Alyssa Ream presented a poster at Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2021 conference in March,

based on the preliminary findings for this project. View this poster.

If you are interested in applying to be a research assistant in the Little Athenians lab, please download and complete this application then email it to Dr. Rojo at drojo@msmu.edu
 

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Little Athenians Lab
Fall 2022
From top left: Andrea Cortave, me (Dolly Rojo), Andrea Bernal
Middle Row: Anapaola Munoz, Yesenia Roman, Cynthia Melchor
Bottom Row: Jocelyn Valles

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Little Athenians Lab Researchers Present at WPA 2022
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Little Athenians Lab
Spring 2022
From top left: me (Dolly Rojo), Yesenia Roman, Cynthia Melchor
Bottom Row: Andrea Bernal, Jocelyn Valles, Andrea Cortave

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Little Athenians Lab
Fall 2021 
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Little Athenians Lab
Fall 2020 (during COVID-19 quarantine)
(from left, top row: Vivian Boyer, me, Andrea Bernal
bottom row: Yesenia, Roman, Yasmin Carmona, and Lesly Soto)
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Little Athenians Lab
Summer 2020 (during COVID-19 quarantine)
(from left, top row: Alyssa Ream, me, Francesca Gunther
bottom row: Yasmin Carmona, Andrea Bernal, Lesly Soto)
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Little Athenians Lab
Spring 2020
(from left, top row: Francesca Gunther, Alyssa Ream, me
bottom row: Vivian Boyer, Kimberly Ganivet, and Carin Mangassarin)
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Little Athenians Lab
Fall 2019
(from left: Vivian Boyer, Alyssa Ream, me, Kimberly Ganivet)