Derek Montgomery Laboratory

Research Activity

My research examines the cognitive development of preschoolers. Student assistants gain experience testing and assessing young children, developing testing stimuli, coding and interpreting data, reading pertinent research literature, and presenting research at conferences.

At present, my primary research focus involves understanding how preschool and kindergarten children think about what it means to hope. I also study how young children learn to self-regulate their behavior.

Congratulations to lab member Cecelia Lentz who recently won a highly competitive undergraduate Regional Research Award from Psi Chi for the paper, “What should we hope for? An investigation into the factors that influence usage of hope”.

Representative Publications

    • Montgomery, D. E., & Koeltzow, T. E. (2010). A review of the day–night task: The Stroop paradigm and interference control in young children. Developmental Review, 30(3), 308-330. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2010.07.001
    • Montgomery, D. E., & Fosco, W. (2012). The effect of delayed responding on Stroop-like task performance among preschoolers. The Journal Of Genetic Psychology: Research And Theory On Human Development,173(2), 142-157. doi:10.1080/00221325.2011.583699
    • Bluell, A. & Montgomery, D.E. (2014). The influence of stimulus discriminability on young children's interference control in the stroop-like happy-sad task. Journal of Cognition and Development, 15(3), 437-452.
    • Montgomery, D. E. (in press). The meaning of hope: Developmental origins in early childhood. Human Development.

Student Research Assistants

Basic research skills are applicable to a wide variety of careers and pursuits. Students who have worked with me over the years have pursued Masters and Doctoral degrees across a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions. These areas include school psychology, cognitive science, medical school, clinical psychology, social psychology, sport psychology, epidemiology, and legal psychology.