Dr. Lickliter conducts research on the development of intersensory perception in animal and human infants, with a particular interest in the role of selective attention in perceptual processing, learning, and memory. His research also focuses on the influence of prenatal sensory stimulation on neural, physiological, and behavioral development. His theoretical efforts have addressed the assumptive base of the nature-nurture debate, the role of experience in development, the relations between developmental and evolutionary theory, and the history of developmental thinking in biology and psychology.
Starlie conducts research on the development of sensory coordination in animals, with a particular interest in the role of motor coordination in perceptual processing, learning and memory. Her research focuses on the influence of prenatal sensory stimulation on neural and physiological development of coordinated movement and its subsequent influence on the developing system. In particular she investigates the role of motor coordination in hemispheric lateralization, social facilitation, and behavioral preferences.