| ABOUT ME |

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I am a doctoral student in the department of psychology at Yale University working with Yarrow Dunham and Karen Wynn, primarily.  Broadly speaking, I study infants’ and young children’s social cognitive development.

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What are the mechanisms that underlie early social evaluations and inferences?  Are cues to category membership, familiarity, or similarity more privileged in children’s reasoning about social groups?  Across several lines of work, I assess how children evaluate individuals on the basis of labels, preferences, appearance, and status as either liked or disliked by a familiar person.

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In related work, I assess the ontogeny of Theory of Mind by assessing infants’ attribution of mental states to in- versus out-group members.  Prior to beginning my doctoral studies at Yale, I managed the Social Kids Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the direction of Kristin Shutts.  There, I studied how infants and children derive social inferences from others’ food preferences, and how visual cues to category membership acquire social meaning.