Dr. Adena Schachner, Principal Investigator
Dr. Schachner is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at Harvard University in 2012, and subsequently served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, funded by a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Schachner's primary interests are in social cognitive development, particularly how children infer mental states (like intentions, goals and preferences) to explain others' actions, and to understand the objects others own and create.
Dr. Schachner's C.V.
Teaching & Mentorship
Minju Kim, Graduate Student
Minju Kim is a first year PhD student in Psychology at University of California, San Diego. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Yonsei University, South Korea, and has happily started her studies in early social cognition at Mind and Development Lab. Minju's primary research interests ranges from early understanding of social synchrony and imitation to early language and music cognition. As much as she deeply adores infants and preschoolers, she loves playing the piano, singing in a cappella groups and enjoying mint chocolate chip ice creams. Minju's previous works:
Michelle Lee, Lab Manager
Michelle graduated from the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in Sociology and Psychology. Her research interests include children's metacognitive awareness (what children know about their own thoughts and knowledge -- "thinking about thinking"), prosocial behavior (such as sharing toys and helping behavior), and how children interact with technology (such as iPads and electronic toys). Michelle is also interested in the social significance of artifacts (such as clothing and toys), the dynamics of group perception, and language acquisition, comprehension, and production. She also holds an interest in data science and meta-analysis.
Khang Bui, Research Assistant
Major: Clinical Psychology
Year: Senior
Danielle Clarke, Research Assistant
Major: Psychology
Year: Junior
Carissa Jantz, Research Assistant
Major: Psychology
Year: Senior
Frank Lee, Research Assistant
Major: Physiology and Neuroscience
Year: Senior
Naomi Lin, Research Assistant
Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
Year: Senior
Kiani Oro, Research Assistant
Major: Psychology and Biology (double major)
Year: Senior