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.     Publications       CV

Research Coordinator

Abby Dean, 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

Sona Kumar (Class of 2017)

Sona ID Pic(1)Major: Psychology

Areas of interest: Developmental Psychology; Behavioral Neuroscience.


Jordan Sciascia (Class of 2017)

JordanMajor: Linguistics and Language and Education;

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


Cynthia Siego (Class of 2017)

Major: Psychology;

Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Language.


Rongzhi “Maria” Liu (Class of 2018)

Maria Website Photo

Major: Psychology; Minor: Statistics

Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology


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