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.
Kiera Parece, BA
I graduated from Wellesley College in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts. As an undergraduate, I worked in a laboratory preschool, which sparked my interest in understanding children’s cognition.
Rongzhi Liu (Class of 2018)
Shiloh Sumanthiran (Class of 2019)
Eishna Ranganathan (Class of 2020)