Major Area: Developmental Social Cognition



My research program is aimed at understanding the nature of social judgments and decision making in early to late childhood (i.e., 3- to 12-year-old children). My main interests converge on three central themes: (a) How do children decide whether other people are nice, mean, smart, and/or capable? (b) How do children harness the characteristics of other people (e.g., their knowledge status, personality traits, and cultural status) to learn new information about and think critically about the world? (c) How do age-related cognitive skills and biases impact children’s social judgments and behavior? I also have secondary interests in the development of theory of mind (mental state reasoning), executive functioning, and children’s learning in informal settings. 

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Laboratory Information and Graduate Training Opportunities

Together with Dr. Stuart Marcovitch, I am Co-Director of the DUCK Lab (Development and Understanding of Children's Knowledge). We study several aspects of social and cognitive development in early to late childhood and we offer students the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of research topics and techniques in the field of developmental science. 

Currently, I am advising three graduate students and several undergraduate research assistants. I will not be recruiting new graduate students for the 2017/2018 year, but I am currently accepting qualified undergraduate students who wish to participate in PSY 433 (Directed Research in Psychology) or the Psychology Honors program. 
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Fall 2017
PSY 250: Developmental Psychology
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