Human Development Lab


Episodic Foresight.
How do young children develop the concept of future thinking, and how do they use this emerging concept to make choices for their own future states? Our research indicates that mothers' use of temporal language when talking to young children affects their developing time concepts. However, this development is limited in 3-year-old children in terms of their ability to make appropriate choices for future goals.

Sample Publications
Hudson, J. A, Mayhew, E., & Prabhakar, J. (in press). The development of episodic foresight: Emerging concepts and methods. In J. Benson (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Academic Press.

Hudson, J. A. (2006). The Development of Future Time Concepts through Mother-Child Conversations. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 52(1), 70-95.

Hudson, J. A. (2002). "Do you know what we’re going to do this summer?": Mothers' talk to preschool children about future events. Journal of Cognition and Development, 3(1), 49-71.

Mental Time Travel
Mental Time Travel allows individuals to re-experience and pre-experience past and future events, respectively. We are interested in the effect of temporal distance and perspective on narrative construction during Mental Time Travel.

Sample Publications
Hudson, J. A. (2001). The remembered and anticipated self: Mother-child talk about past and future events. In K. S. Skene and C. Moore (Eds.)., The development of the temporally extended self in preschool children: Theory and research (pp. 53-74). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Development of Planning
How do children develop the ability to plan for the future and carry out their plans in laboratory and real-world contexts? Our research examines the effects of children's event knowledge, time understanding, and personality factors in different planning tasks.

Sample Publications
Shapiro, L. R., & Hudson, J. A. (2004). Effects of internal and external supports on preschool children's event planning. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 25(1), 49-73.

Hudson, J. A.,, & Mayhew, E. M. Y. (2009). The development of memory for recurring events. In M. Courage and N. Cowan (Eds)., The development of memory in infancy and childhood(pp. 69-92). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Autobiographical Memory
Our research on autobiographic memory focuses on both the development of AM in young children, as well as how it manifests in adults. We are interested in the construction of memory narratives through conversations between parent and child about past events, as well as one's own narratives about self events in the past.

Sample Publications