Benitez, V.L., & Saffran, J.R. (in press). Predictable events enhance word learning in toddlers. Current Biology.
Zettersten, M., Wojcik, E., Benitez, V.L., & Saffran, J.R. (2018). The company objects keep: Linking referents together during cross-situational word learning. Journal of Memory and Language, 99, 62-73. (link)
Benitez, V.L.*, Vales, C.*, Hanania, R., & Smith, L.B. (2017). Sustained selective attention predicts flexible switching in preschoolers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 156, 29-42. *Equal authorship contribution (PDF) (link)
Bulgarelli, F., Benitez, V.L., Saffran, J.R., Byers-Heinlein, K., Weiss, D.J. (2017). Statistical learning of multiple structures by 8-month-old infants. Proceedings of the 41st annual BUCLD, ed. Maria LaMendola and Jennifer Scott, 128-139. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press (link)
Benitez, V.L., Yurovsky, D., & Smith, L.B. (2016). Competition between multiple words for a referent in cross-situational word learning. Journal of Memory and Language, 90, 31-48, doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2016.03.004 (PDF) (link)
Morse, A F., Benitez, V.L., Belpaeme, T., Cangelosi, A., & Smith, L.B. (2015). Posture affects how robots and infants map words to objects. PLoS ONE, 10(3): e0116012, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116012 (link)
Benitez, V.L., & Smith, L.B. (2012) Predictable locations aid early object name learning. Cognition, 125(3), 339-352, doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2012.08.006. (link)
Yoshida, H., Tran, D.N., Benitez, V., & Kuwabara, M. (2011). Inhibition and adjective learning in bilingual and monolingual children. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 2, 1-14. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00210 (link)
Benitez, V.L., & Saffran, J.R. (under revision). Which comes first? Tracking words and their phonotactic patterns in continuous speech.
Vargas, E.D., & Benitez, V.L. (under revision). Deportations are linked to developmental disorders in Latino children.
Benitez, V.L., Yurovsky, D., Cox, G., & Smith, L.B. (in prep). Memory representations as a window into selection mechanisms in bilinguals and monolinguals.
Vales, C.*, Benitez, V.L.*, & Smith, L.B. (in prep). To focus or to ignore? Activation and inhibition processes in 4-year-old children. *Equal authorship contribution.