Vanderbilt University, 1994
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
I study cognitive, perceptual, and motor development primarily in infants and young children. My research interests can be organized into three general areas of inquiry, and different research projects focus on assorted dimensions within each of these areas.
- Future-oriented activities
- Anticipation: eye movements and reaching
- Links to maternal nutrition and infant intelligence
Preparation to grasp an object
- Planning: tool use
- Infancy: Ontogeny of tool use
Children and adults: How are tools represented in the brain?
- The effects of a goal on one's actions
- Reaching among adults and infants
- Object Representations
- Multiple representations of an object: reaching
- Searching for displaced objects
- Is Knowledge modular?
- Mediators of development
- Nutrition, parental cognitions, SES, parental emotions
McCarty, M. E., & Keen, R. (2005). Facilitating problem solving performance among 9- and 12-month-old infants. Journal of Cognition and Development, 6, 209-230.
Johnson-Frey, S. H., McCarty, M. E., & Keen, R. (2004). Reaching beyond spatial perception: Effects of intended future actions on visually-guided prehension. Visual Cognition, 11, 371 - 399.
Claxton, L.J., Keen, R., and McCarty, M.E. (2003). Evidence of motor planning in infant reaching behavior. Psychological Science, 14, 354-356.