Staff and Students

Post-Doctoral Fellows

nicolocesanaarlotti.jpgNicolò Cesana Arlotti
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

Jasmin Perez
Jasmin Perez | 5th year graduate student | Website
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.

Emily Sanford
Emily Sanford | 4th year graduate student
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.

Qiong Cao
Qiong (Ivy) Cao | 3rd year graduate student
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.

Undergraduate Students

Olivia Perdigon
Olivia Perdigon
I am a Junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Management. I’m extremely excited to be joining the JHU Lab for Child Development! I’ve always loved children, and many of my extracurricular activities are focused on working with kids. I can’t wait to use this opportunity to learn more about how young minds develop.
Peter Zhu
Peter Zhu 
I am a Senior Psychology and Cognitive Science major with a minor in English. Working with children presents a special opportunity to learn more about the mind, and I can’t wait to learn more about infant and child cognition from the very best in the field. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in psychology and use the research to help guide public policy.
Mikayla Bisignani 
I am a Senior studying Biology and Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. I am thrilled to join the lab! I think children provide an incredible opportunity to explore how people understand the world around them and I hope to make a contribution to that research. When I am not in the lab, I am also on the Swimming and Track and Field teams at Johns Hopkins!
Sofía Jauregui
I am a Junior Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology major with a minor in Spanish. I am thrilled to be working with the Lab for Child Development team for the next four years as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow! After working with children in various settings before coming to JHU, I’m eager to develop an understanding of how children perceive and process the world around them.
Sabrina Tsai
I am a Senior studying Psychology and English at Johns Hopkins and I am excited to work at the Lab for Child Development! I enjoy working with kids and am greatly interested in how mindsets of children develop. I can’t wait to learn more about children’s cognitions and in the future I hope to work as a psychologist for children suffering from traumatic events.
Michelle Zhang
I am a Junior majoring in Molecular Cellular Biology and Psychology, and I couldn’t be more excited to join the Lab for Child Development! Through my experiences at the Johns Hopkins Hospital PICU, I’ve found working with children to not only be fulfilling, but also inspiring. I’m looking forward to contributing to meaningful research and learning more about how developing minds experience the world!
Camille Redmond
I am a Junior at Johns Hopkins majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. I love working with children because the way they see the world is so unique! I am tremendously excited for the opportunity to learn more about their cognition and development at the Lab for Child Development. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in research, and I am thrilled to be able to begin that journey now!
Ananda Thomas
I am a Junior majoring in Medicine, Science and the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. I am eager to be working in the Lab for Child Development as a research assistant! Working with children is prevalent in my numerous on and off-campus extracurricular activities so the chance to delve deeper and understand the inner-workings of the mind of a child is a remarkable opportunity!
Maansi Barnwal
I am a freshman at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Psychology and Public Health Studies. I can’t wait to work at the Lab for Child Development and learn more about the cognitive abilities of children! I am thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute meaningful research and I hope to better understand the mental processes that guide our perceptions and experiences of the world at a young age.
Jaima Devries
I am a Sophomore 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.
Madeline Sukhdeo
I am a Sophomore majoring in Psychology and Writing Seminars with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. I am thrilled to be a part of the lab and couldn’t be more excited to learn about child development. I hope to be a child and adolescent psychologist one day, and this is my first major step on that journey.