My research focuses on how behaviors and social interactions impact developmental trajectories throughout infancy and into toddlerhood. Studies conducted in my lab use various techniques: from conducting controlled laboratory experiments to free-flowing toy play sessions to collecting daylong multimodal (e.g., vocalizations, body movements, etc.) behavioral data. I’m motivated to apply existing techniques from applied computational social science and dynamical systems theory and also develop new computational and analytic methods to understand the dynamics of development during infancy and early childhood.
Postdoctoral Scholar in Developmental Psychology at Indiana University (2016-2019)
Ph.D. in Cognitive and Information Sciences at the University of California, Merced (2016)
sensorimotor development; human interaction; emotion regulation; perception/action; language development
Full list on my Google Scholar Profile
Abney, D.H., Paxton, A., Dale, R., & Kello, C.T. (2021). Cooperation in sound and motion: Complexity matching in collaborative interaction. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Abney, D.H., Suanda, S.H., Smith, L.B., Yu, C. (2020). What are the building blocks of parent-infant coordinated attention in free-flowing interaction? Infancy.
Abney, D.H., Dale, R., Louwerse, M.M., & Kello, C.T. (2018). The Bursts and Lulls of Multimodal Interaction: Temporal Distributions of Behavior Reveal Differences Between Verbal and Non‐Verbal Communication. Cognitive Science, 42(4), 1297-1316.
Borjon, J.I., Abney, D.H., Smith, L.B., & Yu, C. (2018). Developmentally changing attractor dynamics of manual actions with objects in late infancy. Complexity.
Abney, D.H., Warlaumont, A. S., Oller, D.K., Wallot, S., & Kello, C.T. (2017). Multiple coordination patterns in infant and adult vocalizations. Infancy, 22(4), 514-539.
Abney, D.H., Paxton, A., Dale, R., & Kello, C.T. (2014). Complexity matching in dyadic conversation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(6), 2304.
Abney, D.H., Warlaumont, A.S., Haussman, A., Ross, J.M., & Wallot, S. (2014). Using nonlinear methods to quantify changes in infant limb movements and vocalizations. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 771.