Spelke Lab Members

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Elizabeth Spelke

Professor

Harvard University
Department of Psychology
33 Kirkland St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

spelke(at)wjh(dot)harvard(dot)edu
Phone: 617-495-3876

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Lab Coordinator

Natasha Kalra

natashakalra@fas.harvard.edu

Phone: 617-496-9186

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Tomer Ullman

My research looks at the development of basic concepts in intuitive physics and intuitive psychology, and how the two domains interact. Children have expectations about how slides will fall, slide, tumble, stop or break, and at the heart of that reasoning is an understanding of forces, mass, friction and elasticity. Children have expectations about how people will help, hinder, pursue, and accomplish, and at the heart of that reasoning is an understanding of goals, beliefs, effort and cost. Understanding how children understand effort, cost, force and mass will then tell us a lot about how they view the social and physical world around them.T

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Graduate Students

Moira (Molly) Dillon

mdillon(at)fas(dot)harvard(dot)edu

http://scholar.harvard.edu/mdillon/

My research interests include the origins of uniquely human mathematical concepts, such as Euclidean geometry, as well as how innate mathematical skills might be recruited for school-based learning. Further interests lie in the universality of cognition through human development and history.TET

Annie Spokes

aspokes(at)fas(dot)harvard(dot)edu

My research interests are broadly in the social cognitive development of infants and young children. Specifically, I am interested in how they divide the world into social groups & relationships and how this affects their behavior toward others. My research also focuses on which social relations are most salient and influential across contexts and how infants and children reason about kinship.TET

Sam Mehr

smehr(at)wjh(dot)harvard(dot)edu

http://s.mehr.cz

I’m a fourth-year graduate student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, working with Howard Gardner. In Spelkelab, I study how infants learn songs from a variety of sources, what social information they get from those songs, how exposure to songs and other forms of music relates to infant behavior and temperament, and how infants respond behaviorally and physiologically to songs and speech. These projects complement ongoing research in the Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory with Profs. Max Krasnow and Steven Pinker, and together they aim to uncover the origins and functions of the human music faculty.TET

Shari Liu

shariliu01(at)g(dot)harvard(dot)edu

https://www.shariliu.com/

My research seeks to characterize the representations and computations underlying early social cognition and behavior.

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Young-eun Lee

youngeunlee(at)g(dot)harvard(dot)edu

Broadly, I study social cognitive development in infancy. I’m interested in infants’ understanding of imitation and how they categorize people into social groups.

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Research Collaborators

Lindsey Powell

My research focuses on two topics.  First, I’m interested in how infants and children think about social group membership and conventional behavior, and how their understanding of these topics might guide their own adherence to conventions.  Second, I’m interested in the role that executive functions play in the big leaps in learning that children make as they get older.  Studies in this area focus on how executive functions may help children from 18 months on to both construct and express new concepts and theories about the world.

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Alia Martin

aliamartin(at)fas(dot)harvard(dot)edu

My research investigates infants’ and children’s reasoning about others’ mental states, especially in the context of communication. I am currently interested in how infants represent the role of shared knowledge in communication, and how infants begin to understand that communication can be used to influence others’ beliefs and behavior.

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Research Assistants

Aracely Aguirre

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Stephanie Campbell

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Taylor Ladd

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Caroline Kerwin

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Cameron Nieters

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Justin Fox

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Jake Barann

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Orgilmaa Munkhbaater

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