My research investigates the active role that infants and young children play in their early cognitive and social development. I am specifically interested in understanding how curiosity, or the drive to seek out information, shapes early learning experiences — with a specific focus on processes related to language acquisition. In this work, I use a range of methodological approaches (e.g., behavioral experiments, naturalistic observations, eye-tracking). Another line of my research centers on the evolutionary origins of cognition and communication by conducting comparative research with nonhuman primates.
I received my Ph.D. in Psychology & Neuroscience from Duke University in 2017, and conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in the Early Childhood Cognition Lab between 2017 and 2019. This fall, I will join the Psychology Department at Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor.