Krista Byers-Heinlein, PhD
Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Bilingualism, Psychology
PhD (University of British Columbia)
My research investigates infant development, with a focus on language acquisition. I use primarily behavioral methods such as eye tracking, looking-time, sucking, and reaching measures. I am particularly interested in infants growing up in bilingual environments and the mechanisms that they use to acquire two languages simultaneously. Some current projects compare speech perception and word learning in monolingual and bilingual infants. A related line of work investigates bilingual parenting, and how the language strategies used by bilingual families influence children’s language learning. We are now using our findings to detect bilingual children at risk for language impairment and delay.
I welcome e-mails from prospective MA and PhD students (applicants to either the research or the research and clinical training programs) for admission in fall 2016.
Research Methods II
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Byers-Heinlein, K., & Garcia, B. (in press, 2015). Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs about what is innate. Developmental Science, 18(2), 344-350. doi: 10.1111/desc.12248 link to paper
Byers-Heinlein, K. (2014). Languages as categories: Reframing the “one language or two” question in early bilingual development. Language Learning, 64(s2), 184-201. doi: 10.1111/lang.12055 link to paper
Byers-Heinlein, K., & Lew-Williams, C. (2013). Bilingualism in the early years: What the science says. LEARNing Landscapes, 7(1), 95-112. link to paper
Byers-Heinlein, K., Fennell, C.T., & Werker, J.F. (2013). The development of associative word learning in monolingual and bilingual infants. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(1), 198-205. doi:10.1017/S1366728912000417 link to paper
Byers-Heinlein, K. (2013). Parental language mixing: Its measurement and the relation of mixed input to young bilingual children’s vocabulary size. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(1), 32-48. doi: 10.1017/S1366728911000010 link to paper
Byers-Heinlein, K., Burns, T.F., & Werker, J.F. (2010). The roots of bilingualism in newborns. Psychological Science, 21, 343-348.doi: 10.1177/0956797609360758 link to paper
Byers-Heinlein, K., & Werker, J.F. (2009). Monolingual, bilingual, trilingual: Infants’ language experience influences the development of a word learning heuristic. Developmental Science, 12(5), 815-823. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00902.x link to paper
Werker, J.F., & Byers-Heinlein, K. (2008). Bilingualism in infancy: First steps in perception and comprehension. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(4), 144-151. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2008.01.008 link to paper