Carol O. Eckerman
Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Education & Training
Ph.D., Columbia University 1968
My research focuses upon delineating processes of developmental change, creating explanatory models of how biological, behavioral, and social-cultural factors act together in development, and detailing how developing organism's own modes of functioning shape their subsequent paths of development. I address these issues mainly through the study of how human newborns become transformed into three-year-olds who have mastered several of the basic forms of cooperative action valued within their culture (e.g., social games, verbal conversations, cooperative problem-solving). Four interrelated lines of inquiry are ongoing. The first relates differences among very-prematurely-born infants in early central nervous system development to their paths of social-communicative development over the first two years of life. The second uses classical eyeblink conditioning paradigms to better characterize the behavioral differences between preterm and full-term infants in terms of cognitive, attentional, and arousal processes. The third asks whether the pivotal roles of imitative behavior in the early communicative development of USA toddlers also occur for the Seltaman toddlers of Papua New Guinea. The fourth details children's communicative and memory skills and the social experiences that facilitate their transition from being effective communicators about present events to their becoming effective communicators about past events.
Herbert, JS, Eckerman, CO, Goldstein, RF, and Stanton, ME. "Contrasts in infant classical eyeblink conditioning as a function of premature birth." Infancy 5.3 (2004): 367-383.
Herbert, JS, Eckerman, CO, and Stanton, ME. "The ontogeny of human learning in delay, long-delay, and trace eyeblink conditioning." Behav Neurosci 117.6 (December 2003): 1196-1210. Full Text
Claflin, DI, Herbert, J, Greer, J, Eckerman, CO, and Stanton, ME. "A Delay-Interval Study of Classical Eyeblink Conditioning in 5-Month Human Infants." Developmental Psychobiology 41 (2002): 329-340. (Academic Article)
Haden, CA, Ornstein, PA, Eckerman, CO, and Didow, SM. "Mother-child conversational interactions as events unfold: linkages to subsequent remembering." Child Dev 72.4 (July 2001): 1016-1031.
Didow, SM, and Eckerman, CO. "Toddler peers: From nonverbal coordinated action to verbal discourse." SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 10.2 (2001): 170-188. Full Text
Ivkovich, D, Collins, KL, Eckerman, CO, Krasnegor, NA, and Stanton, ME. "Classical delay eyeblink conditioning in 4- and 5-month-old human infants." PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 10.1 (January 1999): 4-8. Full Text
Eckerman, CO, Hsu, HC, Molitor, A, Leung, EH, and Goldstein, RF. "Infant arousal in an en-face exchange with a new partner: effects of prematurity and perinatal biological risk." Dev Psychol 35.1 (January 1999): 282-293.
Eckerman, CO, and Whitehead, H. "How Toddler Peers Generate Coordinated Action: A Cross-Cultural Exploration." Early Childhood Education (1999). (Academic Article)
Eckerman, CO, and Didow, SM. "Nonverbal imitation and toddlers' mastery of verbal means of achieving coordinated action." DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 32.1 (January 1996): 141-152. Full Text
ECKERMAN, CO, OEHLER, JM, HANNAN, TE, and MOLITOR, A. "THE DEVELOPMENT PRIOR TO TERM AGE OF VERY PREMATURELY BORN NEWBORNS RESPONSIVENESS IN EN FACE EXCHANGES." INFANT BEHAVIOR & DEVELOPMENT 18.3 (1995): 283-297. Full Text
Eyeblink Conditioning in Human Infants awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2001
(97-0042) Children's Mastery of Talk about Past Events awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 1997
(95-0068) The Development of Cooperative Action Among Setaman Children awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1997
(91-0765) VLB-W Infant-Mother Mastery of Key Developmental Tasks awarded by National Institute for Child Health & Human Develo (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1997
(93-0714) VLBW Infant-Mother Mastery of Key Developmental Tasks awarded by National Institute for Child Health & Human Develo (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1997
(95-0750) VLBW Infant-Mother Mastery of Key Developmental Tasks awarded by National Institute for Child Health & Human Develo (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1997
(96-0729) VLBW Infant-mother Mastering of Key Development Tasks awarded by National Institute for Child Health & Human Develo (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1997
(94-0731) VLBW Infant-mother Mastery of Key Developmental Tasks awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1997
(92-0823) The Potential of Eyeblink Conditioning for Assessment of High Risk Infants awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1995
(89-0282) Human Learning and Behavior awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1989