Dr. Berger and her research team study the development of infants’ problem-solving skills in the context of locomotion. For example, we study how infants learn to navigate around obstacles that stand between them and a goal. We use infants’ motor behaviors to gain insight into underlying cognitive processes. A second research interest tests the premise that sleep facilitates efficient motor learning in infancy. We ask whether a period of sleep that follows infants’ experience with a challenging new task enhances learning, whether the amount of time between learning and sleep matters, and whether individual differences in the quality of sleep mediates sleep and learning. Please visit Dr. Berger’s web page, https://csivc.csi.cuny.edu/Sarah.Berger/files/Sarah/Home.html


PhD, New York University

MA, New York University

BA, University of Texas

Scholarship / Publications

National Science Foundation Award, “The Role of Sleep in Infant Motor Learning”, 2016-2019

Fulbright Research Fellowship, CIES, 2010-11


Recent Publications

Berger, S. E., & Scher, A. (in press). Naps improve new walkers’ locomotor problem solving. Revised manuscript under review. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Berger, S. E., Cunsolo, M., Ali, M., & Iverson, J. M. (in press). The trajectory of concurrent motor and vocal behaviors over the transition to crawling in infancy. Infancy.

Surkar, S. M., Edelbrock, C., Stergiou, N., Berger, S., & Harbourne, R. (2015). Sitting postural control affects the development of focused attention in children with cerebral palsy. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 27(1), 16-22.

Berger, S. E., Chin, B., Basra, S., & Kim, H. (2015). Step-by-step: A microgenetic study of the development of strategy choice in infancy. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33(1), 106-122.

Berger, S. E., Chan, G. L. Y., & Adolph, K. E. (2014). What cruising infants understand about support for locomotion. Infancy, 19(2), 117-137.

Atun-Einy, O., Berger, S. E., Ducz, J., & Scher, A. (2014). Strength of infants’ bimanual reaching patterns is related to the onset of upright locomotion. Infancy, 19(1), 82-102.

Atun-Einy, O., Berger, S. E., & Scher, A. (2013). Assessing motivation to move and its relationship to motor development in infancy. Infant Behavior and Development, 36(3), 457-469.

Atun-Einy, O., Berger, S. E., & Scher, A. (2012). Pulling to Stand: Common trajectories and individual differences. Developmental Psychobiology, 54, 187-198.

Berger, S. E., Friedman, R., & Polis, M. C. (2011). The role of locomotor posture and experience on handedness and footedness in infancy. Infant Behavior and Development, 34(3), 472-480.

Adolph, K. E., Berger, S. E., & Leo, A. J. (2011). Developmental continuity? Crawling, cruising, and walking. Developmental Science, 14(2), 306-318.

Berger, S. E., Adolph, K. E., & Kavookjian, A. E. (2010). Bridging the gap: Solving spatial means-ends relations in a locomotor task. Child Development, 81(5), 1367-1375.

Berger, S. E. (2010). Locomotor expertise predicts infants’ perseverative errors. Developmental Psychology, 46(2), 326-336.