How do infants acquire new skills? Gaining proficiency in crawling, walking, communicating, and using objects of your culture requires opportunities for practice. As a developmental psychologist, I am interested in how culture and childrearing practices shape learning opportunities thereby affecting developmental outcomes. We conduct studies in the lab and in the field; in the U.S. and abroad to capture the range of infant experiences and understand individual differences. Through naturalistic and experimental investigations, we examine how infants’ emerging motor skills offer new ways to explore and navigate their environment, engage with people, and use social information to make decisions about action. Reciprocally, we examine how caregivers modify their expectations and behaviors as a result of their infants’ changing skills.


PhD, New York University

BA, University of Michigan

Scholarship / Publications

Selected Publications:

Karasik, L. B., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., & Adolph, K. E. (2016). Decisions at the brink: Locomotor experience affects infants' use of social information on an adjustable drop-off. Frontiers in Psychology.    

Karasik, L. B., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., Adolph, K. E., & Bornstein, M. H. (2015). Places and postures: A cross-cultural comparison of sitting in 5-month-olds infants. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 1023-1038.

Karasik, L. B., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., & Adolph, K. E. (2014). Crawlers and walkers elicit different verbal responses from mothers. Developmental Science, 17, 388-395. 

Karasik, L. B., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., & Adolph, K. E. (2011). Transition from crawling to walking and infants’ actions with objects and people. Child Development, 82, 1199-1209.

Karasik, L. B., Adolph, K. E., Tamis-LeMonda, & C. S., Bornstein, M. H. (2010). WEIRD walking: Cross-cultural research on motor development. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 95.    

Adolph, K. E., Karasik, L. B., & Tamis-LeMonda, C. S. (2010). Motor skills. In Bornstein, M. H. (Ed.), Handbook of Cultural Developmental Science (pp. 61-88). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.