How do we develop control over our thoughts, emotions, and actions?
I use experimental, individual differences, and developmental methods to examine linguistic and social influences on the development of executive functions and related cognitive abilities.
Children are notorious for struggling to regulate their behavior in order to achieve goals. How do they become capable of inhibiting urges, planning for the future, and switching between tasks without being told to do so? These skills rely on cognitive processes termed executive functions. I aim to gain insight into the nature of executive functions by examining the roles that linguistic and social processes play in their development. I am funded by an NIH-NICHD Postdoctoral Fellowship (sponsor: Yuko Munakata) and am conducting my research in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado – Boulder. I completed my Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the Institute of Child Development in Minnesota, my B.A. in psychology at York University in Toronto, and also studied philosophy at the University of Toronto.