Stella Christie
Associate 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.     Publications       CV

Research Coordinator

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.



Student Researchers

Cynthia Siego (Class of 2017)

Major: Psychology
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?


Sona Kumar (Class of 2017)

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Major: Psychology
Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

Rongzhi Liu
(Class of 2018)

Maria Website Photo Major: Psychology;  Minor: Statistics

Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology and Clinical Psychology


Shiloh Sumanthiran (Class of 2019)

Shilo Major: Psychology and Political Science
Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology


Eishna Ranganathan
(Class of 2020)

Eishna Kidlab
Major: Cognitive Science/Spanish
Areas of Interest: Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Graphic Design


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