Heather L. Kirkorian, PhD

Assistant Professor

Human Development and Family Studies, SOHE


4105 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison WI 53706 

(608) 263-4020

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BA 2002, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
MS 2004, Developmental Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
PhD 2007, Developmental Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA


Dr. Kirkorian's research interests are at the intersection of cognitive development and media impact with an emphasis on attentional mechanisms. Her current projects address the extent to which infants and toddlers can learn from video, the development of attention to video, and the impact of television on very young children, particularly as it relates to solitary toy play and parent-child interaction as potential mediators of cognitive development.  Dr. Kirkorian has specialized in eye-tracking methodology including data collection and analysis. She has constructed several eye-tracking laboratories and has extensive experience collecting eye movement data from infants, children, and adults. The purpose of this research is to explore visual attention to dynamic scenes and to determine the extent to which visual attention mediates learning.


Cognitive Development and Media Lab