Faced with ordinary ambiguities or puzzling events we generate hypotheses and take advantage of their logical relations as a compass to navigate through them. In my research, I investigate the developmental foundation of the human capacity for logical reasoning. Can infants engage in early forms of logical deduction? What role does the acquisition of logical words, ubiquitous in our language, play in the development of logical reasoning? Do logical concepts help infants and kids face the outstanding learning challenge of becoming an adult?
The foundation of my research is based on understanding how young learners hone in on what’s important to learn. More broadly, my research focuses on explanation, exploration and most recently, curiosity.
I’m interested in how young children develop numerical, logical, and linguistic skills. I am specifically interested in how innate numerical intuitions interact facilitate the development of symbolic mathematics. I am also curious about the ways that we teach children about number and what that can tell us about numerical representations.
What are the fundamental representations and computations that enable young children to make inference? I’m interested in infants’ and young children’s use of quantitative information to make predictions about agents, objects, and daily life events.