Graduate Researcher: Starlie Belnap


    Movement is an essential part of development and a necessary component for typical perceptual, cognitive, and social outcomes. However, little is currently known about what elements and features are necessary in the prenatal environment for the development of a coordinated motor system. In this series of studies we are investigating whether and to what extent maternally regulated factors, including temperature, movement (by means of egg turning), and light exposure might influence early neonatal motor outcomes and how these motor outcomes may be related to perceptual, cognitive, and social development. Results from these studies will help us to identify critical prenatal maternal factors that facilitate motor coordination and advance our understanding of the conditions required to foster normal motor development and coordination.

Maternal Contributions to Motor Coordination