|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]
|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
|Blue Lab RAs|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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, 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|
|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.|
|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.|
|Elissa Palmer ’16 is a Mathematics and potentially Art Studio or Psychology major. Having been brought up a bilingual in Japan, she is interested in developmental linguistics and multilingualism, and how cultural identity is formed during childhood. She also has a strong interest in architecture.|
|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.
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.