I am recruiting graduate students, post docs, and lab staff to start in mid/late 2023. See the page "Joining the Lab" for more information.
Lab Director: Shari Liu, PhD
curriculum vitae // short bio // request a rec letter
Every day, we look out into the world and see scenes of people in motion, and make sense of these scenes by appealing to their underlying causes. We appreciate that other people have mental lives, including desires, percepts, and beliefs, and we also understand that people are solid bodies, who can exert forces and navigate themselves through a physical world. How do our minds and brains get so much meaning from this input, and how we grow to this knowledge over development?
I am committed to making science more open (transparent, reproducible, and inclusive). Part of this commitment is providing high-quality mentorship to students from all backgrounds. As a first-generation immigrant to the US who stumbled into science, I am aware that without supportive mentors, and a great deal of personal development, I would have stumbled out. Here is a working draft of my mentorship philosophy.
I'm interested in how we reason about people's mental states and traits, generate explanations for unexpected events, and use our models of people and situations to predict future events. I received my BA in Neuroscience from Swarthmore College in 2015, and my PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience from Boston College in 2023.