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Sammy Perone

Sammy Perone

Assistant Professor 509-335-8659 Johnson Tower 515, Pullman PO BOX 644852

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Iowa, 2010
  • B.A. Psychology, Purdue University, 2003

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Early childhood development
  • Connections among learning, cognitive, and brain development
  • Emergence of executive function
  • Early intervention and school readiness
  • Dynamic systems theory and neural networks

Selected Publications

Ross-Sheehy, S., Perone, S., Macek, K.L., & Eschman, B. (2017). Visual orienting and attention deficits in 5- and 10-month-old preterm infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 46, 80-90.

Ross-Sheehy, S., Perone, S., Vecera, S., & Oakes, L.M. (2016). The relationship between sitting and the use of symmetry as a cue to figure-ground assignment in 6.5-month-old infants. Frontiers Psychology: Developmental Psychology.

Perone, S., Molitor, S.J., Buss, A.T., Spencer, J.P., & Samuelson, L.K. (2015). Enhancing executive function in 3-year-old children performing the dimensional change card sort task. Child Development, 86, 812-827.

Perone, S., & Ambrose, J. (2015). A process view of learning and development in an autonomous exploratory system. In Schoner, G., Spencer, J.P., &  the DFT Research Group (2015). Dynamic Thinking: A Primer on Dynamic Field Theory. Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

Perone, S., & Spencer, J.P. (2014). The co-development of looking and discrimination during infancy. Developmental Psychology, 50, 837-852.

Perone, S., & Spencer, J.P. (2013). Autonomy in action: Linking the act of looking to memory formation in infancy via dynamic neural fields. Cognitive Science, 37, 1-60.

Simmering, V.R., & Perone, S. (2013). Working memory capacity as a dynamic process. Frontiers in Psychology: Hypothesis and Theory, 3, 1-26.

Spencer, J.P., Perone, S., Johnson, J.S. (2009). The dynamic field theory and embodied cognitive dynamics. In J.P. Spencer, M.S. Thomas, & J.L. McClelland (Eds.) Toward a Unified Theory of Development: Connectionism and Dynamic Systems Theory Re-Considered (p. 86-118). New York: Oxford University Press.