Staff and Students

Post-Doctoral Fellow

nicolocesanaarlotti.jpgNicolò Cesana Arlotti 
ncesana1@jhu.edu
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?

Graduate Students

Qiong Cao

Qiong Cao | 5th year graduate student
qiong.cao@jhu.edu
What are the fundamental representations and computations children use to make inference? How do young children be selective about information when choosing what to learn? My research focus on how infants and young children reason about agents, objects, and daily life events. I’m also interested in how violation of expectations can help or hinder infants’ learning. 

NickNick Bisbee | 2nd year graduate student
nbisbee1@jhu.edu
Humans quickly learn to use physical objects, symbols, and icons to manipulate the world around them. In what ways are we built for tool usage and how do we create systems of intangible tools like numbers or logic? How does our curiosity lead us to learn about so many systems (eg. block tower physics, Algebra, Game of Thrones politics) that we may not see a need for? As a first year, I intend to study what bounds our learning and what inspires it – with an emphasis on object representations and how they interact with our desire to share our conceptualizations.

Caroline MyersCaroline Myers | 2nd year graduate student
cmyers60@jhu.edu
Babies have an intuitive understanding of a number of things in the physical world, like solidity and gravity. My research investigates the expectations babies have about the visual properties of natural phenomena. For instance, do infants expect water to flow downward, or fire to burn upward? I am also interested in how the visual system changes over the course of development, including how perceptual and attentional capacities develop in childhood and adolescence.
 

Undergraduate Student

Jaima DevriesJaima Devries

I am a Senior Psychology major, and I couldn’t be more excited to join the Lab for Child Development! The adult mind is fascinating and being able to work with children to understand how the mind as we know it comes to be is an amazing opportunity. I’m beyond excited to contribute to this research and help develop deeper understandings.

Annie Mears

Annie Mears

I’m a Senior at Johns Hopkins, double majoring in Psychology and Writing Seminars. I’m so excited to work in the Lab for Child Development! Young children view the world from such an interesting perspective, and it’s fascinating to work with them and get a glimpse into their minds. I’m hoping to pursue a PhD in child and adolescent psychology, and I know assisting in this lab is an instrumental experience that I can learn and grow from.

Molly Atiencia

Molly Atiencia

I am a Senior majoring in Public Health Studies and minoring in Psychology. I am very excited to be a part of this lab and learn more about the world of babies! My long term goal is to use my knowledge and research experience of developmental psychology to help children. As an aspiring pediatrician, I can’t wait to further my understanding on child development through our research.

Mashiyat Ahmed

Mashiyat Ahmed

I am a Senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Behavioral Biology. I have always been fascinated by a child’s deceptively simple mind, which is, in reality, the host of incredibly complex functions and learning. At the lab for Child Development, I am excited to uncover some of the capabilities infants hold and the process by which they acquire skills that are fundamental to our functioning as adults.

Julia Modell

Julia Modell

I am a Junior majoring in Psychology and Public Health Studies, and I am excited to be a part of the Lab for Childhood Development! I am fascinated by how children view the world and look forward to exploring the intricacies of this perspective. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in clinical psychology focusing on children and adolescents and working in this lab will be a great foundation.

Joanna Zhou

Joanna Zhou

I am a Junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Writing Seminars! I am so excited to work in the lab to dive deeper into the minds of babies. I am extremely interested in learning about their thinking and logical processes and how that may lead to specific reasoning processes as adolescents. Working in the Lab for Child Development will allow me to build a strong foundation towards becoming a Child Psychologist!

Sharon I am a Junior majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Spanish for the Professions. My dream job is to work in early childhood education, whether that may be as a teacher in a classroom or in policy development and administration. I believe that our childhood experiences serve as the key foundation for our adult beliefs, values, and overall success. By studying infants’ developing cognitive abilities in the lab, I am eager to gain a deeper understanding of how children learn and apply that knowledge in my future to foster better care and support systems for our children!