Lab members

Director

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.   

christie@swarthmore.edu     Publications       CV

Research Coordinator

Kiera Parece

Headshot of Kiera PareceI 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 (Maria) Liu (Class of 2018)

Major: Psychology
Minor: Statistics
Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology and Clinical Psychology

 

Eishna Ranganathan (Class of 2020)

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

 
 

Evan Orticio (Class of 2020)

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

 

Sean Woodruff (Class of 2018)

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Major: Cognitive Science
Areas of Interest: Psycholinguistics, Political Psychology, and Conceptual Metaphors

 

Anna Scheibmeir (Class of 2018)

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Major: Political Science
Minor: Psychology
Areas of Interest: Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics

 

Seetha Davis (Class of 2019)

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Major: Psychology and Educational Studies
Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Social Psychology

 

MinJae Song (Class of 2019)

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Major: Psychology and Educational Studies
Minor: Art History
Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology, Educational Curriculum, English as a Second Language (ESL), Language Acquisition, Educational Psychology, and Social Psychology

 

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