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Natalie H. Brito

Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology


Natalie Hiromi Brito is a developmental psychologist who examines how early social and cultural contexts (e.g., poverty, multilingualism) shape the trajectory of neurocognitive development. Specifically, her research examines associations between the early home environment and the development of memory and language during the first three years of life. She has published work on learning from media, parent-child interactions, bilingualism, and how individual differences mediate brain-behavior associations during childhood. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Dr. Brito spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar and two years as a postdoctoral research fellow within the Division of Developmental Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Brito has received national recognition for her work, including awards from the American Psychological Association, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Rita G. Rudel Foundation. She has also been the recipient of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Selected Publications


Introduction to Psychology and Its Principles

Introduction to the fundamental principles of psychology, emphasizing both the unity & the diversity of a field that spans major theoretical & research areas, including biological bases of human behavior, learning, development, motivation, & social and abnormal behavior. Links between theory & classic as well as contemporary research are a recurrent theme.

Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & the Social Sciences
Course #
Fall, Spring, Summer

Survey of Developmental Psychology

Nature of psychological development in childhood & adolescence considered & attention paid to developmental implications for adulthood & old age.Rigorous analysis of developmental theories is undertaken with emphasis on research findings & methods as reported in current literature.
Course #
APSY-GE 2271