About Di Wu, Ph.D.
Dr. Wu was a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Cedarville University from 2011-2017, Dr. Wu was a teaching assistant focused on developmental psychology courses, including infant development, child development, and cognitive development, as well as research methods and laboratories. Dr. Wu’s research has been focused on early cognitive development, including early physical, psychological, and biological reasoning. She also has collaboratively worked on cross-cultural research projects addressing various developmental issues. She taught courses on human and child development as well as educating students on research methodology and statistics.
Infant and Child Development, Cognitive Development, Research Methods, Social Development, Cross-cultural Comparison, and Human Learning
Honors and Awards
- Phi Kappa Phi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 2008
- Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Beijing Normal University - 2001
- First Rank Scholarship, Department of Psychology, Beijing Normal University - 1998
- Third Rank Scholarship, Department of Psychology, Beijing Normal University - 1997
- Child Development
- Child-Adolescent Development
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Human Development
- Research Methods
Infants' Reasoning About Self-Propelled Objects, Agents, and Animals Faculty Dissertations (2010)
In the present research, we investigated young infants’ concepts of self-propelled object, agent, and animal through three research projects. In Chapter 2, we examined infants’ concept of self-propelled object, specifically, whether 5-month-olds expect a self-propelled ...
Book Chapters (3)
Journal Articles (6)
Children's and Adults' Automatic Processing of Proportion in a Stroop-like Task International Journal of Behavioral Development (2015)
This current study examined human children’s and adults’ automatic processing of proportion using a Stroop-like paradigm. Preschool children and university students compared the areas of two sectors that varied not only in absolute areas but ...
ls Height a Core Geometric Cue for Navigation? Young Children's Use of Height in Reorientation Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2015)
With respect to reorientation, children older than 1.5 to 2 years can use geometric cues (distance and left/right sense). However, because previous studies have focused mainly on the plane geometric properties, little is known about ...
Young Infants Have Biological Expectations About Animals Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2013)
What are the developmental origins of our concept of animal? There has long been controversy concerning this question. At issue is whether biological reasoning develops from earlier forms of reasoning, such as physical and psychological ...
Early False-Belief Understanding in Three Traditional Non-Western Societies Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2013)
The psychological capacity to recognize that others may hold and act on false beliefs has been proposed to reflect an evolved, species-typical adaptation for social reasoning in humans; however, controversy surrounds the developmental timing and ...
Object Individuation and Physical Reasoning in Infancy: An Integrative Account Language Learning and Development (2012)
Much of the research on object individuation in infancy has used a task in which two different objects emerge in alternation from behind a large screen, which is then removed to reveal either one or ...
Conference Proceedings (1)
Conference Presentations (5)
Poster Presentations (18)
Differences in Perceptions of Cheating Between College Students and Professors The Research and Scholarship Symposium (2016)
The current research aimed to examine whether students and professors who cheated in the past would differ from those who did not cheat on their perceptions on the severity, percentage, and impact of cheating behavior. ...
The Effects of Styles of Dress on First Impressions The Research and Scholarship Symposium (2016)
Many factors influence our first impression. Previous research found that clothes may affect people’s perceptions and attitudes toward others. Even subtle changes in the style of dress would affect others’ perceptions on multiple characters such ...
The Relationship Between Music Preference, Moral Competence, and Spiritual Well-being in Christian College Students The Research and Scholarship Symposium (2016)
In this survey study, we examined the effect of Christian music with lyrics versus secular music with lyrics (written as “Christian music” and “secular music”) on the moral competence and spiritual well-being of college students. ...
The Effect of Familiarity with Background Music on College Students’ Performance of Reading Comprehension Tests 26th Annual Convention of the Association of Psychological Science (2014)
The current study examined 85 university students’ performance in a reading comprehension task under three conditions: silence, familiar, or unfamiliar music. The results indicated that the students in the familiar music condition performed significantly worse ...
The Effects of Different Music Genres on the Working Memory 25th Annual Convention of the Association of Psychological Science (2013)
The current study examined 93 university students’ performance in a memory recognition task under four conditions: classical, dubstep, screamo, and silence. The results indicated that the students in the screamo condition recognized significant fewer words ...