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

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.

Student Researchers

 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 and Spanish
Areas of Interest: Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Graphic Design


Paige Didier (Class of 2020)

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Major: Neuroscience and Spanish
Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psycholinguistics

Evan Orticio (Class of 2020)

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Major: Linguistics
Minor: Psychology
Areas of Interest: Psycholinguistics, Developmental Psychology, and Social Psychology

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