I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology at UC San Diego, where I work in the Language and Development Lab, under the direction of Prof. David Barner.

How is it that we’re able to think about so many things that we can’t see? I’m trying to figure out how perception, language, and culture work together in the mind, allowing young children to acquire concepts that go far beyond what they can directly observe, and help them interpret the world. I study a wide range of concepts, from the most basic (apple) to the most abstract (infinity), but most of my recent work asks how children think about time.

Prior to coming to UCSD, I worked as a research scientist at New York University, studying visual perception, object recognition, and reading.