|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]
|Jessica Taggart is the Joint Lab Coordinator. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and English. She is currently working on studies investigating children’s number-line task performance in the Yellow Lab and studies investigating infants’ and children’s numerical cognition in the Blue Lab. She is also interested in the relationship between fiction and theory of mind and how children learn through play.|
Undergraduate Research Assistants
|Blue Lab RAs|
|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.|
|Srotoshini Bhalobasha ’14, who goes by Asha, is a Psychology major interested in child psychology and education. She is primarily working on a study looking at how children learn to count and hopes to improve early education through research in cognitive development. She enjoys working with children and wants to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist.|
|Alison Denzer-King ’16 is a (soon to be declared) Psychology major with an interest in the Study of Education Certificate. She is currently assisting Angela on her thesis project as well as helping out around the lab wherever she is useful. She hopes to work in education after college and loves working with children over the summer, when she is a swim coach, and on campus, where she works as a preschool teacher’s assistant.|
|Angela Lo ’14 is a Psychology major and a Japanese language student, who is interested in early education and child development. She is currently working on developing a research-based preschool math curriculum. She loves children and hopes to work with them in her future career.|
|Olivia Mason ’15 is an East Asian Studies and Psychology double major pursuing a concentration in Cognitive Science. In the lab, she is currently studying early academic achievement, specifically focusing on numeracy and language acquisition. Academically, Olivia is interested in cognitive development, language learning, and cross-cultural teaching methods. She also works in the Events and Scheduling office on campus, is a member of Rho Epsilon Pi sorority, and loves to travel.|
|Madeleine Oswald ’14 is a Psychology and Theater double major. Maddy is currently studying the effects of touch on compliance. She acts, directs and designs for many student theater productions and teaches sign language to kindergarteners. She hopes to have a career treating children with psychological disorders.|
|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.|
|Andrew Ribner ’14 is an Educational Psychology & Learning Theory and Biology double major, and is studying how socioeconomic status influences early academic achievement through numeracy and language acquisition. He is photography editor of the Wesleyan Argus and chapter leader of Wesleyan Students for Education Reform, but you will most often find him baking cakes and cleaning dishes.|
|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, who is currently studying the effects of touch on compliance, is a Psychology major with an academic passion for history. Julia loves working with children, most recently in wilderness education, and enjoys making art, cooking, and hiking in her spare time. She hopes one day to pursue a career researching neurodevelopmental disorders.|
|Yellow Lab RAs|
|Madeline Kidd ’14 is a Neuroscience and Behavior major pursuing a certificate in the Science in Society Program. She is currently working on a project related to proportion judgment and spatial bias in young children. Maddie is a member of Wesleyan’s Active Minds student group and sits as a class representative on the Student Health Advisory Committee. She hopes to pursue a career in pediatric neurology.|
|Ellen Lesser ’15 is a prospective Neuroscience and Behavior major pursuing a certificate in South Asian Studies. She is currently working on a project in the yellow lab to related to number-line estimation, proportion judgment, and spatial biases. She also tutors local high school students for the SAT and enjoys cooking.|
|Ziyue Li ’16 is a prospective Neuroscience and Behavior and Psychology double major. She is currently working on a study on how spatial primes affect children’s judgments of time. She also has a strong interest in drawing.|
|Portia Lundie ’14 is a Psychology and Classics major. Her interest in developmental psychology developed over years of working closely with children of all ages and developmental abilities in preschool, after school, and summer camp settings. She hopes to pursue psychology research in these areas after graduation.|
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.
Jason Saltiel ’14 is a member of the Reasoning and Decision Making Lab; he is working with the Yellow Lab on probability, numeracy, and decision making in adults.
Rachel Warner ’14 is an English and Psychology double major pursuing a concentration in Cognitive Science. She is currently working on a study in the Yellow Lab examining the influence of minimal groups on how children think about fairness. Her interests in developmental psychology include language acquisition, theory of mind and social cognition. Rachel intends to pursue a career in clinical psychology, specifically working with families of children with psychopathologies to design holistic therapies and treatment programs.