I am recruiting graduate students, post docs, and lab staff to start in mid/late 2023. Please email me ( if you interested in joining the lab. Potential grad students and postdocs, please include a brief description of your research interests and how they connect with mine.

Lab Director: Shari Liu, PhD

Headshot of Shari Liu. She is wearing pink hoop earrings, glasses, and a polka dot cardigan.

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. My work asks: 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.