Lisa Feigenson, Ph.D.
feigenson@jhu.edu
http://www.psy.jhu.edu/~feigenson/

What is the format of the mental representations that store information, and what computations can we perform over these representations? Our research explores answers to these questions for the case of the concept “individual”. This work both draws from and unites research in numerical cognition, object-based attention, and short-term memory. Our research centers on infants and young children. By examining key points in development we can gain insight into the role played by a set of representations as new knowledge is acquired, and as new knowledge structures are created.

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Justin Halberda, Ph.D.
halberda@jhu.edu
http://www.psy.jhu.edu/~halberda/

Professor Halberda's research focuses on two main topics. The first is an interest in language acquisition and the possibility that logical deductive inference may play a role in the learning of new words. The second is an interest in the organization of attention and the connection of mind to world. Students in the lab work with infants, children and adults using classic anticipatory-looking paradigms and eye-tracking as well as computational modeling.

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Alex Silver -
Lab Coordinator
alex.silver@jhu.edu

After graduating from the Johns Hopkins University, where I worked as an undergraduate Research Assistant and then Project Coordinator in the Lab for Child Development, I am so excited to return as the lab manager!

 


Allison Rhodes -
Project Coordinator for the Children's Math Anxiety and Perception Study
after.school.math@jhu.edu

While I hold a B.S. in Human Biology from N.C. State University, I hope to build on my skills and knowledge here at Johns Hopkins in preparation for graduate school in Educational Psychology. Generally, I am interested in studying children’s cognitive development in the classroom and using this knowledge to improve children’s outcomes and their educational experience.

 


Monica Daniels -
Project Coordinator for the Children's Math Anxiety and Perception Study
after.school.math@jhu.edu

I hold a MHS Degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and a MS from Sacred Heart University. After three years of working in a nonprofit mental health clinic, I am excited to work in the Lab for Child Development!

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Andrea Quintero -
Post-Doctoral Fellow
andrea.quintero@jhu.edu

Project Website: afterschoolmath.johnshopkins.edu

I received my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Davis in 2014 where I studied children, in particular girls, with genetic syndromes that confer elevated risk for psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment. I am interested in how genetics and environment interact to influence cognitive development and how scientific research can positively impact children's math performance.

 

 


Jenny Wang -
5th year graduate student

Personal Website
jenny.wang@jhu.edu

I'm interested in how the primary cognitive systems that we are born with and are shared among different species enable us to acquire the complicated symbolic knowledge that no other animals enjoy. My approach to this question is to ask two more specific questions: What role does our intuitive sense of number play in our symbolic mathematics? How does the developing concept of object interact with acquisition of corresponding language expressions?

 

 


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Rita Loiotile-
5th year graduate student

 

 

 

 

 

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Jasmin Perez -
1st year graduate student

I am interested in the kinds of early hypotheses infants form about an object's behavior within and outside of a prescribed spatial context. Moreover, I’d like to learn how these early hypotheses change throughout development to allow children and adults to form accurate and flexible representations of more complex object interactions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rama Imad - Sophomore

I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University double majoring in Neuroscience and Public Health. I am very excited to join the lab and am particularly interested in studying the effects of stress on the developing brain as it relates to learning retention and how it can be used to stimulate a child's reward pathway.

 


Vyshnavi Anandan - Sophomore

I am a Neuroscience major following the pre-med track. I love working with children and am very excited to be involved with the Lab for Child Development! I'm interested in learning more about the innate knowledge that we are all born with and how young children go about sorting all of the new information they encounter to make more sense of the world around them.

 

Natalie Qin - Junior

I am a Behavioral Biology and Psychology major who loves to be around children and learn about their cognitive development! I am very excited to be studying how children acquire expectations and beliefs about other people and their environment. I hope to one day become a pediatrician and so, I believe that my time with the Lab for Child Development will help me better understand how a child's mind and perception of the outside world develops and ultimately allow me to better cater to their needs.

Daphna Varadi - Junior

I am a Public Health major with a Psychology minor on the pre-med track who loves spending time with children and observing their behaviors. I am excited to join the team at the Lab for Child Development to explore the research aspect of working with children while working with families and collaborating with researchers and specialists! I am looking forward to this hands-on experience in the lab to better understand children's behaviors and their perceptions of the world we live in.

 

Spandana Mandaloju - Junior

I am a pre-med Cognitive Science major interested in the development of learning abilities in children. I am extremely excited to be working with the lab where I can find out more about how toddlers and kids use their innate core knowledge to develop expectations about how the world around them functions. I believe my experience in the lab will aid me in my pursuit of a career in medicine.

 


Madhura Shah - Sophomore

I am a Neuroscience and Spanish double major on a pre-med track, and I am very excited to get involved in the research process at the Lab for Child Development! The amazing abilities of the human brain have always fascinated me, especially the surprising cognitive capacity of young children. I am especially interested in how the innate mathematical abilities of infants can be studied and applied to creating more efficient learning techniques.

 

Julia Phoon - Senior

I am a Psychology and Writing Seminars double major by day and a camp songleader by night. I love working with children and I am thrilled to be making my research debut in the Lab for Child Development, where I can apply new and exciting discoveries to teaching and other areas involving child psychology.

Emily Alway - Junior

I am a pre-med neuroscience major with a double minor in psychology and Spanish. I'm so excited to be working in the lab to learn more about the earliest stages of psychological development and innate knowledge. I'm also so happy to have the opportunity to work with children and learn skills that I can apply one day as a physician.

Maria Chroneos - Junior

I am a Cognitive Science major, French minor, following a Pre-MD/PhD track and am very excited to get involved with the lab! I am interested in how normal development of cognitive capacities in children, such as memory, linguistic, and mathematical abilities, can be altered or interrupted both early and later in life by a variety of neurological and neuropsychological disorders. I believe my experience in the lab will aid me in my pursuit of a career in healthcare focused on further understanding of these disorders and treating those affected by them.

Arthi Rameshkumar - Sophomore

I am a pre-med Molecular & Cellular Biology major. I am very excited to be part of the Lab for Child Development! I have always been intrigued by the cognitive abilities of humans. I am interested in learning about children's cognitive development, such as their perception of their environment and mathematical abilities, and how it develops as they grow older. I enjoy working with children and I believe this experience will help me pursue a career in medicine.


 

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Courtney Gregor -
Previous graduate student

 

 

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Aimee Stahl
Ph.D. 2015

stahla@tcnj.edu

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at The College of New Jersey

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Melissa Kibbe
Former Post-Doctoral Fellow

kibbe@bu.edu

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University


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Darko Odic
Ph.D. 2014 darko.odic@psych.ubc.ca

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of British Columbia, Canada

 

Melissa Libertus
Former Post-Doctoral Fellow libertus@pitt.edu

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Pittsburgh


Heena Lakhani
M.A. 2012

Science Education Analyst; National Science Foundation (NSF)

Rebecca Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Former Post-Doctoral Fellow
reba@jhu.edu

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Denison University



Mariko Moher
PhD 2011

Assistant Professor of Psychology at Williams Colege

Chad Spiegel
M.A. 2009

Research Assistant; Department of Psychiatry

F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Jennifer Zosh
Ph.D. 2009

Professor - Penn State Brandywine

Thesis: Beyond “what” and “how many”: An investigation of working memory for objects in infancy

Len Taing
M.A. 2006

Thesis: Counting in deaf and hearing individuals: An interaction of language and thought

 

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Karen Ho

Use of chunking to increase spatial working memory capacity in preschool-aged children

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2013


Rachel Austin

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Thesis: On the nature of early representations of plural sets

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2010



Arin Tuerk

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Thesis: Heterogenous object arrays increase working memory capacity in 7-month old infants

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2008

Meredith Brinster

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Thesis: Inference is better than Instruction: The relative strengths of indirect and direct word learning in preschoolers

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2007

 

 

Summer Internship Program 2013

Back (from left): Lisa Feigenson, Julissa Veras, Darko Odic, Eliza Parrott, Lauren Quast, Cambria Litsey, Hrag Pailian

Middle (from left): Melissa Libertus, Melissa Kibbe, Aimee Stahl, Krista Grubb, Jenny Wang, Justin Halberda

Front (from left): Mandy Skoranski, Rebecca Zhu, Allie Schneider, Karina Hamamouche

 

 

Summer Internship Program 2012

Back (from left): Nick Tacke, Casey Hall, Elyse Thulin, Darko Odic, Stephanie Caronna, Grace Lisandrelli, Brent Rappaport

Middle (from left): Amy Lai, Melissa Libertus, Aimee Stahl, Melissa Kibbe

Front (from left): Lisa Feigenson, Mandy Skoranski, Misti Jeffers, Ruxue Shao, Justin Halberda

 

 

Summer Internship Program 2011

Back (from left): Lisa Feigenson, Christy Lindahl, Jane Li, Emma Schmitt, Claire Veazey, Alex D'Esterre, Anne Hermes, Darko Odic

Front (from left): Erin Walsh, Lina Montoya, Reba Rosenberg, Aimee Stahl, Heena Lakhani, Melissa Libertus, Mariko Moher, Selin Zeytinoglu, Justin Halberda

 

 

Summer Internship Program 2010

Back (from left): Darko Odic, Anna Zamm, Andrea Stevenson, Dominic Gibson

Row 2 (from left): Bhaavana Venkatesh, Tiffany Williamson, Alison Goldstein, Melissa Libertus, Reba Rosenberg

Row 1 (from left): Jennifer Graham, Haesung Kim, Karina Lin, Mariko Moher

Front (from left): Lisa Feigenson, Justin Halberda

 

Summer Internship Program 2009

Back (from left): Nick Minar, Andrea Stevenson, Katie Muenks, Kirsten Schohl, Darko Odic

Row 2 (from left): Micaela Gonzalez, Hee Yeon Im, Jessica Koski, Chad Spiegel

Row 1 (from left): Xin Yuen, Mariko Yamaguchi, Katie Hudson, Rebecca Rosenberg

Front (from left): Justin Halberda, Lisa Feigenson

 

 

Summer Internship Program 2008

Back (from left): Ellen McClure, Jenn Zosh, Lisa Feigenson, Justin Halberda, Kate Ekman, Mariko Yamaguchi

Front (from left): Andrea Stevenson, Miyuki Nishimura, Lenae Stansky, Kelli Hill, Sara Fitt

 

Carol Daffre

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2018

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Janay Smith

The Johns Hopkins University class of 2017

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Alex Silver

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2015

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Clarissa Alfes

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2016

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Eva Larson

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2016

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Alexa Lantiere

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2015

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Julissa Veras

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2014

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Caren Lewis

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2014

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Susan Folsom

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2014

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Ellie Kaplan

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2014


 

Geena Frumkin

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2013

 

Stephanie Caronna

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2013

 

 

Bridget McGowan

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2013

 

 

Karen Ho

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2013

 

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Sansriti Tripathi

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2017

 

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Marisa Santoru

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2015

 

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Carli Heiman

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2016

Dilara Ertenu

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2016

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Kelly Sharer

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2016

 

   
       

 

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