Here is a sample of the types of questions we strive to answer in the Pierce Experience & Development Lab!

How do early experiences – particularly experiences of stress and adversity – influence brain development and the early language environment during the first years of life?

How do foundations established during early brain development interact with later experiences to shape learning over time? 

How does variation in the early language environment influence how the brain processes language?

What factors contribute to resilience in the face of stress?

How can we best support children facing a variety of early experiences?

In general, we explore topics related to infant development and growth, and test how one’s early environment and experiences can impact or influence development over time. We are still trying to answer the questions listed here but we encourage you to check out the publication section or our research page for more details!