How do we develop minds that can reflect, reason, and self-regulate?
I use developmental, experimental, individual differences and meta-analytic methods to study executive control and reasoning. I am particularly interested in the various ways that others (e.g., peers, parents, and teachers) influence these processes. Decades of research have illuminated the neurocognitive changes that support the development of higher cognitive processes like executive control and reasoning. However, children don’t develop in isolation; they develop in a rich sociocultural context with people influencing them in myriad ways, for example through what they say and how they act. By bringing together core topics in psychology that have traditionally been studied in isolation (social cognition, language and conceptual development, and executive processes) my work is shedding new light on the development, diversity, and flexibility of these higher cognitive processes.
I am funded by an individual NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (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.