Our lab mission is to conduct innovative and robust research concerning the origins of our folk theories of psychology and physics, using the tools of developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience.


  1. Rigor, transparency, and reproducibility in our work. We share our data, stimuli, and analysis scripts, formally pre-register confirmatory analyses, and report exploratory findings as such.

  2. Community in our lab environment. We help and support each other to do the best work we can. This means giving feedback on papers and talks, reviewing code, and getting each other through the tough parts of science.

  3. Changing the face of science. Historically and currently, people with marginalized identities face barriers to success in our field. We commit to fighting these inequities through mentorship and outreach.


These themes will be defined and shaped by the members of the lab, but broadly, we are interested in:

  1. Representations and computations involved in explaining and predicting other people's behaviors

  2. Interaction between the domains of intuitive physics and intuitive psychology

  3. Drivers of visual attention in infants during violation-of-expectation studies