|Hilary Barth, Ph.D. studies mathematical cognition and development throughout childhood and into adulthood. A second line of research investigates children’s social cognitive development. She is director of the Yellow Lab. [Faculty Page; Publications]|
|Anna Shusterman, Ph.D. studies the relationships between language and conceptual development, primarily representations of space and number. Her lab uses behavioral methods to explore cognitive development and language acquisition in young children. She is also interested in the effects of atypical linguistic experience on conceptual representation. She is director of the Blue Lab. [Faculty Page; Publications]
|Pierina Cheung, Ph.D. graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2015, and is currently working for Anna Shusterman as a postdoctoral fellow in Blue Lab. In her dissertation, she investigates children’s non-verbal representations of particular numerosities (e.g., 2, 3, 9) and algebraic number (e.g., x + 1 > x). In addition to numerical cognition, she is also interested in how we form concepts of various kinds of things (e.g., cups, swans, water). Broadly speaking, her interest is to study how we represent and use language to talk about (non)-individuals and sets of individuals.|
|Ilona Bass is the Joint Lab Coordinator. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is interested in the social cognitive development of young children, specifically language acquisition and theory of mind development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She plans to attend graduate school and to continue pursuing research in cognitive developmental psychology.|
Undergraduate Research Assistants
|Abby Archibald ’15 is a Psychology major. She is currently working on a study focusing on supportive touch and children’s self-regulation. Abby loves playing soccer, reading, and working with children. She hopes to continue working with children and adolescents, specifically focusing on early intervention methods for behavioral and other psychiatric problems.|
|David Bales ’15 is a Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior double major. Davey is currently assisting with a project that explores the representation of number in picture books and helping out in the lab wherever he can. On campus, he is a member of the Minds Foundation and Chi Psi fraternity. He hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career in psychiatry or neurology.|
|Stephanie Blumenstock ’16 is a Psychology and French major. She is helping to get the lab ready for Kindergarten Kickstart, a summer pre-K program that helps prepare students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. She loves singing and is a member of two student-run singing groups on campus. She also loves working with children and hopes to do so professionally in the future, possibly as a teacher or therapist.|
|Anthony Gutierrez ’15 is a Psychology and Russian double major. In the lab, he is currently analyzing data exploring children’s mental representations of number. During the year, he tutors high school students in the Upward Bound program in mathematics and other sciences.|
|Elaine Maskus ’15 is a Neuroscience and Behavior and Psychology double major. In the lab, she is working on a project examining infants’ early recognition of number words. She is also a student coordinator for the Traverse Square After School Program and a member of the Wesleyan Sailing Team. She hopes to enjoy her future, whatever it may be.|
|John Pacheco ’15 is a Neuroscience and Behavior major. In the lab, he is currently studying spatial reorientation with the use of landmarks. He is also a Resident Advisor, a member of the Old Methodist Rugby Football Club, and a volunteer in the hospice and palliative care unit at Middlesex Hospital. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in psychiatric medicine.|
|Tawni Stoop ’15 is a Psychology and Theater double major. In the lab, she will be helping study children’s ability to count and their understanding of number concepts. She has a strong interest in child and adolescent development and hopes to one day work in assisting children and adolescents with behavioral and other psychiatric disorders.|
|Julia Vermeulen ’15 is a Psychology and History double major. She’s helped run several studies in the lab, but is now focusing her energies on this summer’s Kindergarten Kickstart planning. On campus, Julia works as a Peer Advisor, chef’s assistant in the vegan kitchen, and the coordinator of the Wesleyan Doula Project. She loves hiking, drawing, and fermenting foods, and is considering a career in neurodevelopmental research or reproductive healthcare.|
|Aime Arroyo-Ramirez ’16 is a Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior double major. She is interested in numerical cognition in small children, theory of mind, and understanding how children learn. One of her passions is to help bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public. Along with her interests in developmental psychology, she is helping continue data collection for a study on the effects of junk food.|
|Zoe Feingold ’15 is a Psychology major with a concentration in Cognitive Science. She is interested in number learning and mathematical cognition, and visits the Connecticut Science Center as part of the Living Laboratory initiative. Zoe recently worked at a treatment program for children with ADHD and related disorders and plans to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. She is currently working on a project with a local foster care facility in New Haven to identify measurements of resilience in foster parents who take in children with emotional and behavioral health challenges. Zoe also enjoys swimming, writing, and practicing her Spanish-speaking.|
|Pinzhen Lyu (Louise) ‘16 is a Psychology and Mathematics double major. She is working as a volunteer museum educator for the National Living Lab. She loves children and hopes to do more research on children’s math development. She is improving her statistical and quantitative skills, and is currently taking a lab course in gambling, drugs and junk-food.|
|Sheri Reichelson ’16 is a Psychology and Italian Studies double major. She is currently studying spatial estimation performance, proportion biases, and decision making in children. She is also the coordinator of WesAGE (an elderly service group on campus) and is a member of Rho Epsilon Pi sorority.|
Jillian Roberts ’15 is a Psychology and Sociology double major with a concentration in Cognitive Science, and is currently working on a study about the influence of minimal group membership on fairness perception in young children. As her interests in early social and motor cognition overlap with her background as a dancer, she hopes to pursue a career as a dance teacher and develop dance curricula that are heavily influenced by developmental psychology.
Anna Schwab ’16 is an English and Psychology double major. She is currently involved in studies that explore children’s numerical and spatial cognition. She hopes to work in clinical psychology after college. Besides her passion for psychology, she writes music and sings in a band, plays club soccer, and loves hiking.
Sarah Seo ’16 is double-majoring in Psychology and the Study of Education. Child psychology is a special interest of hers, and she hopes to apply for work or graduate school in this field following graduation. She also enjoys singing in her a cappella group, volunteering at MacDonough Elementary School through the WesMath program, and participating as an active member of the Rho Epsilon Pi sorority.
Sonia Zavala ’15 is a Neuroscience and Behavior and Psychology double major with a concentration in Cognitive Science. She is currently learning various statistical software programs to help in analyzing data and assists in running numerical and spatial cognition studies. On campus, she is the secretary of Ajùa Campos, dances with the Latin dance troupe Caliente, and is the coordinator for WesESL.