Whitney Cole

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Postdoctoral Fellow
+49 30 82406-237
cole [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Short CV: 
  • 2013 Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, New York University
  • 2008 M.A. in Experimental Psychology, College of William and Mary
  • 2006 B.A. in Psychology and French, Hollins University
Project participation: 

Research Interests: 
  • Perceptual motor development; motor learning and skill acquisition
  • Locomotion; walking, crawling, and brachiating
  • Interactions between perception, cognition, and action

Selected Literature: 

Lee, D. K., Cole, W. G., Golenia, L., & Adolph, K. E. (in press). The cost of simplifying complex developmental phenomena: a new perspective on learning to walk. Developmental Science.

Cole, W. G., Robinson, S. R., & Adolph, K. E. (2016). Bouts of steps: The organization of infant exploration. Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 341-354.

Campbell, S. K., Cole, W. G., Boynewicz, K., Zawacki, L. A., Clark, A., Gaebler-Spira , D., ... Madhavan, M. (2015). Evolution of functional leg movements in a tethered mobile paradigm in infants with periventricular brain injury. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 27, 403-412.

Shapiro, L. J., Cole, W. G., Young, J. W., Raichlen, D. A., Robinson, S. R., & Adolph, K. E. (2014). Human quadrupeds, primate quadrupedalism, and Uner Tan Syndrome. PLoS ONE, 9, 1 - 10.

Adolph, K. E., Cole, W. G., & Vereijken, B. (in press). Intraindividual variability in the development of motor skills in childhood. In M. Diehl, K. Hooker, & M. Sliwinski (Eds.), The Handbook of Intraindividual Variability Across the Lifespan.

Cole, W. G., Gill, S., Vereijken, B., & Adolph, K.E. (2014). Coping with asymmetry: How infants and adults walk with one elongated leg. Infant Behavior and Development, 37, 305 – 314.

Cole, W. G., Chan, G.*, Vereijken, B., & Adolph, K. E. (2013). Perceiving possibilities for action in different motor skills. Experimental Brain Research, 10, 309-319.

Adolph, K.E., Cole, W. G., Komati, M., Garciaguirre, J.S., Badaly, D., Lingeman, J.M., Chan, G.* & Sotsky, R.B. (2012). How do you learn to walk? Thousands of steps and dozens of falls per day. Psychological Science, 23, 1387 - 1394.

Cole, W. G., Lingeman, J. M., & Adolph, K. E. (2012). Go naked: Diapers affect infant walking. Developmental Science, 15, 783–790.