Dr. Nelson's research focuses on motor development in children and nonhuman primates. Her comparative research program brings together developmental science, neuroscience, and primatology. Dr. Nelson utilizes longitudinal behavioral methods, as well as high-speed motion tracking technology, to study the interplay between the organization of the motor system and the emergence of sophisticated abilities such as motor planning, tool use, and language. Dr. Nelson has published on a number of different primate species including black and white ruffed lemurs, rhesus monkeys, and chimpanzees. This work has appeared in journals such as Developmental Science and the American Journal of Primatology. In 2011, Dr. Nelson received the Hennessy- Smotherman-Wiley Best Student Paper Award from the journal Developmental Psychobiology. Dr. Nelson conducts projects with human infants and toddlers on the FIU campus and parallel studies at Monkey Jungle in South Dade.
Research Areas Motor development Motor control Cognitive neuroscience