• Associate Professor, Director of Furman Learning Lab
  • 864.294.3210
  • Johns Hall 206J
  • erin.hahn@furman.edu
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Dr. Hahn joined the Furman faculty in 2005, a month after completing her Ph.D. Her laboratory, the Furman Learning Lab, is home to a number of research projects investigating various aspects of cognitive development. She welcomes any student with an interest in child development to meet with her to discuss how they can become involved in the research process. She regularly supervises student thesis projects, a number of which have been presented at professional conferences, both regional and international.

Dr. Hahn is committed to contributing to the high quality, liberal arts education that Furman offers its students. She is passionate about teaching and regularly participates in workshops to develop new pedagogical techniques. In addition to her on-campus courses, Dr. Hahn also teaches a study-away course on Poverty and Child Development that is part of Furman’s southern Africa program.

Name Title Description

PSY-201

Research Mthds & Statistics I

Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and/or humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

PSY-202

Research Mthds & Statistics II

Continuation of first research methods and statistics course. Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

PSY-211

Childhood and Adolescence

The psychological principles and processes of human development from conception through adolescence. Theory and empirical research related to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are reviewed. A student may not enroll in both EDU-120 and PSY-211.

PSY-404

Autism

Historical and contemporary theory and scientific research related to autism are examined. Areas of focus include biological and environmental underpinnings of the disorder, aspects of cognition and social development that are affected, and current interventions. An important part of the course is discussion with area experts who specialize in autism.

Broadly, I am interested in understanding how children learn about the objects in their environment. Coming from a background in language development, some of my research questions focus on early word learning, including why children don’t say the words they understand. I am also very interested in how children learn the actions associated with objects. How, for example, do children learn that crayons are for coloring and forks are for eating? Some of my research bridges these two domains by comparing the processes that are involved in word learning and action learning. I approach my research from the perspective that early learning operates using powerful, all-purpose processes.

  • Gershkoff-Stowe, L., & Hahn, E. R. (2013). Word comprehension and production asymmetries in children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 114, 489-509.
  • Hahn, E. R., & Cantrell, L. (2012) The shape-bias in Spanish-speaking children and its relationship to vocabulary. Journal of Child Language, 39, 443-455.
  • Hahn, E. R., & Gershkoff-Stowe, L. (2010). Children and adults learn actions for objects more readily than labels. Language Learning and Development, 6, 1-26.
  • Gershkoff-Stowe, L., & Hahn, E. R. (2007). Fast-mapping skills in the developing lexicon. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 50, 682-697.
Education
Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University
M.S.
Carnegie Mellon University
B.S.
Carnegie Mellon University

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