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Viridiana Benitez

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Biography: 

Viridiana Benitez’s research is in the area of cognitive development, with a focus on understanding how young children learn words, how they track the statistical patterns of their environment, and how language experience, such as bilingualism, affects word learning, attention, and memory. To answer these questions, Professor Benitez works with infants, children, and adults who have monolingual or bilingual language learning experiences. Benitez received a bachelor's in psychology at the University of Houston, a doctorate in developmental psychology at Indiana University, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Recently, Benitez's Learning and Development Lab was featured in this ASU Now article highlighting her work on learning.

Education: 
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014-2017
  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Indiana University 2013
  • B.S. Psychology, University of Houston 2008
  • A.A. San Jacinto College 2006

 

Videos
Predictable Learning with Viridiana Benitez
Publications: 

Benitez, V.L., & Saffran, J.R. (in press). Two for the price of one: Concurrent learning of words and phonotactic regularities from continuous speech. PLOS ONE.

Winstone, L.K., Benitez, V.L., Van Huisstede, L. (in press). Patterns of maternal interactive behaviors and dual vocabulary development in low-income Mexican-American children. Developmental Psychology.

Clifford, B.N., Tockdale, L.A., Coyne, S.M., Rainey, V., & Benitez, V.L. (in press). Speaking of state of mind: Maternal mental health predicts children’s home language environment and expressive language. Journal of Child Language.

Benitez, V.L., Zettersten, M., & Wojcik, E. (2020). The temporal structure of naming events differentially affects children’s and adults’ cross-situational word learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 200, 104961.

Benitez, V.L.*, Bulgarelli, F.*, Byers-Heinlein, K., Saffran, J.R., & Weiss, D. (2020). Statistical learning of multiple speech streams: A challenge for monolingual infants. Developmental Science, 23(2) e12896. *Equal authorship contribution.

Vargas, E.D., & Benitez, V.L. (2019). Latino parents’ links to deportees are associated with developmental disorders in their children. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(5), 1151-1168.

Benitez, V.L., & Saffran, J.R. (2018). Predictable events enhance word learning in toddlers. Current Biology, 28, 1-7. 

Zettersten, M., Wojcik, E., Benitez, V.L., & Saffran, J.R. (2018). The company objects keep: Linking referents together during cross-situational word learning. Journal of Memory and Language, 99, 62-73

Benitez, V.L.*, Vales, C.*, Hanania, R., & Smith, L.B. (2017). Sustained selective attention predicts flexible switching in preschoolers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 156, 29-42. *Equal authorship contribution

Benitez, V.L., Yurovsky, D., & Smith, L.B. (2016). Competition between multiple words for a referent in cross-situational word learning. Journal of Memory and Language, 90, 31-48.

Morse, A F., Benitez, V.L., Belpaeme, T., Cangelosi, A., & Smith, L.B. (2015). Posture affects how robots and infants map words to objects. PLoS ONE, 10(3): e0116012.

Benitez, V.L., & Smith, L.B. (2012) Predictable locations aid early object name learning. Cognition, 125(3), 339-352.

Yoshida, H., Tran, D.N., Benitez, V., & Kuwabara, M. (2011). Inhibition and adjective learning in bilingual and monolingual children. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 2, 1-14.

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction