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Elizabeth Spelke

Professor

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

spelke@wjh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-3876

 

 

Lab Coordinator

 

Heather Tarr

hetarr@g.harvard.edu

Phone: 617-496-9186

 

 

 

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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.

 

 

You-jung Choi

youjungchoi@fas.harvard.edu

https://infantcognition.com/

My research focuses, first, on how individuals understand others’ minds, and second, on how this understanding and other social capacities (e.g., moral understanding, intergroup cognition, language comprehension) play a role in interpreting social interactions.

 

 

 

 

Graduate Students

 

Annie Spokes

aspokes@fas.harvard.edu

https://scholar.harvard.edu/anniespokes

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.

 

Shari Liu

shariliu01@g.harvard.edu

https://www.shariliu.com/

My research asks how we come to understand people’s actions in terms of variables like effort, desire, and risk.

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Adrian Maries

adrianmaries@fas.harvard.edu

My main interest is in the development of social cognition in infants and young children as well as in the relationship between social cognition and language. Additionally, I’m interested in the role of language in the development in the minds of young children of the natural number system.
 
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Research Assistants

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Olivia Fiske
Akshita Srinivasan
Hanna Glissendorf
Haley McBride
Lian Liu
Meghan Tveit
Caroline Kerwin
Taylor Ladd
Elena Breer

 

 

 

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