Research

Scientific reasoning

What does it take to reason scientifically? 
When do children acquire this important ability?

My research on scientific reasoning explores the development of this important aspect of children’s cognitive development in middle childhood and beyond.

Dealing with evidence

How do people make sense of evidence and data?

My research on evidence and data interpretation explores how children and adults interpret data. I am particularly interested in the strategies that reasoners use when they try to make sense of tables and graphs.

Social cognition

How does children’s social cognition develop in middle childhood?

My research on social cognition explores how children’s understanding of complex social situations develops. Also, I study the real-world social consequences of children’s social cognition, including the relationships that they establish with their peers.