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.
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.
Sona Kumar (Class of 2017)
Areas of interest: Developmental Psychology; Behavioral Neuroscience.
Jordan Sciascia (Class of 2017)
Areas of interest: Language, bilingual research and education, first and second language acquisition.
Cynthia Siego (Class of 2017)
Rongzhi “Maria” Liu (Class of 2018)
Major: Psychology; Minor: Statistics
Areas of Interest: Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology