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I will be accepting 1-2 new graduate students for the fall of 2018.
I am interested in core structures of cognition; how the human mind is inherently built to interpret incoming information and make sense of the world. My students and I study babies and toddlers, asking how very young humans, who have limited experience and minimal exposure to language, culture and education, understand the world? What capacities, knowledge, and systems of reasoning do we humans (wee humans) already have available from the get-go?
In my Baby Lab we’re currently studying the developmental foundations of morality, the bases of bigotry, and early emotional cognition. I am also exploring adults’ (especially parents’) naïve theories of the minds of infants, and how adults’ intuitive conceptions of who babies are shape their’ interactions with infants. For more detailed descriptions of my research interests, visit my Personal Website.