Welcome to the Mind and Development Lab at UC San Diego!
We study the cognitive processes that allow children to understand other people, and the social meaning of things people create, such as tools, art, music, and technology. We also explore the origins of musicality, asking why human musicality is so early developing and socially impactful from early in life. Our work has been funded by the NSF, NIH, APF, and GRAMMY Foundation.
LAB NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome to incoming PhD student Rodney Tompkins! Welcome also to our new undergraduate researchers!
Congratulations to Dr. Tanushree Agrawal, whose work on how other's aesthetic motivations impacts our thinking about their social behavior and mental capacities was just accepted for publication in Open Mind!
We look forward to welcoming incoming PhD student Rodney Tompkins! A huge congratulations to Rodney on winning the NSF GRFP AND the UCSD Jacobs Fellowship to support his graduate work!
Congratulations to newly-minted PhD Dr. Lauren Oey, who defended her dissertation on June 2nd, 2023!! Dr. Oey is moving on to a postdoc at Princeton University.
Congratulations to our fabulous graduating research assistants in the class of 2023 - Kylie Cassutt, Amber O'Brien, and Lance Tiu!
Congratulations to newly-minted PhD Dr. Tanushree Agrawal, who defended her dissertation on Jan. 31st, 2023!! Dr. Agrawal is continuing at UCSD as an Assistant Project Scientist and Lecturer, teaching several excellent undergraduate courses!
Congratulations to newly-minted PhD Dr. Minju Kim, who defended her dissertation on Dec 5th, 2022!! Dr. Kim is moving on to a post-doc at the UCSD Teaching + Learning Commons, where she will be engaged with both research and pedagogy!
Former postdoc Madison Pesowski's paper (with Lindsey Powell, Mina Cikara, and Adena Schachner) on interpersonal utility and children's social inferences from shared preferences has been accepted to the journal Cognition! Congrats Madison!
Our paper on the role of expectancy effects in synchrony-prosociality research has been accepted for publication in the journal Open Mind! This work is with collaborators S. Atwood and Sam Mehr. Read the preprint here!
Grad students Tanushree Agrawal, Minju Kim, and Chaolan Lin presented their work as talks at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition in Portland, OR -- and last month Tanushree also presented her work at the Cognitive Sciences Society meeting in Toronto!
Grad student Tanushree Agrawal's paper on hearing water temperature (aka the development of auditory event perception) was accepted for publication at Developmental Science! Congrats Tanush!
Post-doc Madison Pesowski started her new position as faculty at the University of the Fraser Valley! We'll miss you Madison, and we're glad to still collaborate over Zoom and Slack!
Grad student Minju Kim's paper on the origins of dance in infancy was accepted for publication in Developmental Psychology! Congrats Minju!
Grad student Lauren Oey's paper on the role of theory of mind and recursive social reasoning in lying behavior was accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General! Congrats Lauren!
Congratulations to our fabulous graduating seniors, Diana Wang, Leila Latham, and Jubilee (Izzy) Shroff!
Post-doc Dr. Madison Pesowski has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of the Fraser Valley! Big congrats Madison!
Grad student Tanushree Agrawal's paper on musicality and moral decisions was accepted for publication in the Psychology of Music! You can read it here! Congrats Tanushree!
We published our recent findings on children's understanding of perception and physical interaction over video chat in the journal Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies. Congrats to all of the hardworking research assistants and graduates who worked on the project!
Our graduate students Minju Kim, Lauren Oey, and Alexis Smith-Flores, as well as our Postdoc Madison Pesowski presented their research at the annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society. You can check out some of their presentations here!
Grad student Tanushree Agrawal, along with Drs. Adena Schachner, Joshua Rottman, and Mike McCollough, was awarded a grant from the Grammy Foundation to fund her work on musicality and moral behavior! Big applause!
Four of our undergraduate Research Assistants presented research at UCSD's Lab Expo! Heidy Davila presented "From music to animacy: Adults' causal reasoning about sound", Angela Mak and Joanna Jain presented "Effective disambiguation in communication through gesture", and Franco Mercado presented "Social inferences from artifacts: Young children use artifacts to infer others' mutual interests". Way to go - we're so proud of you!
Grad student Lauren Oey won the Cognitive Science Society Modeling Prize for Applied Cognition for her paper with Isabella DeStefano, Erik Brockbank, and Ed Vul, "Formalizing interdisciplinary collaboration in the CogSci community". Congrats Lauren!
Members of our lab attended the first virtual conference of the year. You can see some of the presentations we gave here.
Postdoc Madison Pesowski was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada!
We are so excited to announce that Dr. Schachner (our PI) received an Outstanding Mentor Award! Congratulations!
Two of our undergraduate Research Assistants, Finiva Ednalino and Maxine Covello, as well as our lab coordinator, Alyssa Quy, presented at UCSD's Lab Expo! Finiva and Maxine presented on children's ability to hear the temperature of water being poured, and Alyssa presented findings on the development of intuitive archeological reasoning. Great posters with interesting findings!
Madison Pesowski, who received her PhD at the University of Waterloo, has joined the lab as a new Postdoc. Welcome Madison!
Graduate students Ethan Hurwitz and Lauren Oey presented their new findings at the annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Ethan also won a travel and research award to attend the conference! Go MaD lab!