Assistant Professor of Psychology
My research looks at how the mind acquires knowledge through the process of comparing and analogizing. I am interested in how the mind perceives similar events, objects, or actions that occur across time, and how comparing and contrasting these may result in the learning of new concepts. I view analogy and comparison as domain-general learning mechanisms, and have explored how these mechanisms impact acquisition of numerical concepts, spatial cognition, and language learning. Currently I’m investigating whether and how analogical and comparison learning play a role in the development of social cognition.
After having learned some wildly different languages, I became fascinated by the similarities and differences of structures and forms of the world languages. In my second line of research, I ask whether and how these language differences affect cognition and learning.
Abby Robinson, BS
I graduated from Ursinus College in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science. As an undergraduate psychology major, I experienced a few different facets of research, which has led to my growing interest in psychology and research post-graduate.
Cynthia Siego (Class of 2017)
Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Language.
Briana Cox (Class of 2017)
Major: Special Major in Cognitive Science with Psychology and Linguistic focus
Areas of interest: building and understanding language, and the creation and perception of art from a cognitive standpoint–Does art offer insight into human cognition?
Jordan Sciascia (Class of 2017)
Sona Kumar (Class of 2017)
Jasmyne Kim (Class of 2017)
Will be assisting with research, recruiting participants, administrative aspects of the lab, and experiments.