People

Principle Investigator

Stella Christie
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.   

christie@swarthmore.edu     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?

Jordan Sciascia (Class of 2017)

 Major: Linguistics and Language and Education
Areas of interest: Language, bilingual research and education, first and second language acquisition.

Sona Kumar (Class of 2017)

Sona ID Pic(1) Major: Psychology
Areas of interest: Developmental Psychology; Behavioral Neuroscience.

Jasmyne Kim (Class of 2017)

JazMajor/Minor: Neuroscience, Biology
Areas of interest: cognitive psychology, social psychology, and evolution

Will be assisting with research, recruiting participants, administrative aspects of the lab, and experiments.

Also, meet our alumni researchers