Director, Social Learning Laboratory
Office: 621 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 322
Professor Corriveau’s research focuses on social and cognitive development in childhood, with a specific focus on how children decide what people and what information are trustworthy. She is also interested in language and reading development, cross-cultural differences and the role of parenting in children’s social and emotional development.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Telli works on cross-cultural projects where she collaborates with researchers locally and internationally to study the effects of context and culture on the development of causal reasoning, social essentialism, and moral judgments. At the SLL, she focuses on children's use of causal reasoning in learning about unobservable scientific and religious phenomena.
She is also interested in children's concept of "ownership" in different cultures and how socioeconomic status influences children's and adults' ideas about who deserves what.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Niamh is broadly interested in the impact of social information on young children’s evaluations, learning and behavior. She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of York, UK, in 2017 which investigated the development of intergroup bias. She is currently working on projects examining parental testimony in the transmission of religious and scientific concepts and the social factors that promote children’s science learning.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Sarah Suárez is a Postdoctoral Associate interested in the development of individual differences in children’s informal learning and critical thinking, particularly in relation to their personal philosophies about the nature and origins of knowledge. She did her master's and doctoral work under the supervision of Dr. Melissa Koenig at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, and also holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University. Currently she works on projects concerning how cultural, socioeconomic, and parental factors influence children's unique approaches to learning via testimony, text and exploration.
Applied Human Development
Ian is a doctoral student in the Applied Human Development Ph.D. program. He is interested in how children decide who to trust, engage in critical thinking, and process important information while learning. Currently, his research focuses on how children view and trust text-based sources of information.
Applied Human Development
Kelly is a doctoral student in the Human Development Program. She is broadly interested how children learn from and interact with other people, and how parent-child interaction and cultural context influence this process. Currently she is working on a project linking children’s teaching behavior to their selective learning in both US and China.
Applied Human Development
Hannah is a doctoral student in the Applied Human Development PhD program. Her research interests broadly focus on informal learning and how to capitalize on everyday learning opportunities and children’s inherent curiosities, as well as the practical applications of these types of research.
Applied Human Development
Amanda is a doctoral student in the Applied Human Development Ph.D. program. Her research interests broadly focus on how children’s early learning is shaped by their social context, with a strong commitment to developing practical classroom applications. More specfically, Amanda is interested in parent-child interactions, as they relate to early literacy and language development and teacher-child relationships, specifically related to how inquiry-based learning and instruction influences children’s early social and cognitive development.
Applied Human Development
Sona is a first year doctoral student in Applied Human Development. She is broadly interested in how children develop an understanding of their social worlds and identities through interactions with parents and teachers. Currently, she is exploring why a gender achievement gap exists in STEM subjects and how stakeholders like parents and teachers can help to minimize this gap.
Ciara is a placement student from the University of Bath, where she is in the third year of her undergraduate Psychology degree. She is especially interested in cognitive and social psychology, and hopes to learn more about developmental psychology pertaining to these fields during her time at the Social Learning Lab!
Veronika is a Psychology undergraduate student from the University of Surrey. She’s excited to be going on placement at the Social Learning Lab and gain a deeper understanding of social and cognitive psychology. She is specifically interested in the influence of culture and early social context on identity, thinking and learning.
Mercedes Muñoz is a first year undergraduate student studying Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to go on to graduate school for Clinical Psychology and carry out her work within immigrant communities.
Sam is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. She is excited to be able to participate in research that contributes to helping people better understand themselves and the world around them. She is especially interested in how early childhood experiences and parental interactions effect children as they develop, and how language and culture play a role.
Ryan is a sophomore studying Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is especially interested in social and developmental psychology and has always enjoyed working with kids — she is excited at the opportunity to combine both of these interests as an RA in the SLL!
Petal is a sophomore studying neuroscience and psychology on the premed track. She loves to work with children and upon graduation hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career as a pediatric neurologist.
Chloe is a senior student studying Psychology and Japanese. She has a broad research interest ranging from the gender difference of expression categorization to immersive learning using VR and AR. After graduation, she hopes to pursue master degree in cognitive psychology.
Katherine is a first-year student studying Psychology. She is interested in how cultural influences affect children's cognitive development. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to have a deeper understanding of the field.
Hyo Jin (Jenny) Shin
Jenny is a sophomore studying Health Science with a pre-med track in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. After graduation, she plans to work in the field of Public Health focusing mainly on distributing health care services and education to those who lack access and who are discriminated by the society.
Abby Mack is a Senior studying Psychology and Advertising. She is currently working at the SLL as a Public Relations Assistant. She hopes to combine these two fields and after graduation work in the Consumer Psychology field, learning how advertising and psychology impact one another.
Craig is an undergraduate sophomore studying Biology and Psychology. Upon graduation, he hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career in primary care pediatric medicine.
Shan is a senior studying psychology and Japanese. Her current research interest focuses on the role of authority and reasoning in children's trust issue. She hopes to pursue PhD in developmental psychology upon graduation and research more about children's imagination.
Ben is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. He is interested in studying social development in children in order to understand how individuals can perform best in a work space. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Elise De Bethmann
Elise is a Senior studying Psychology with a minor in Medical Anthropology. After graduation, she plans on working back home in New York doing market research, and ultimately pursuing further education the field of psychology.
Meghan is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying psychology and education. She is especially interested in social and developmental psychology and hopes to pursue a career in school psychology upon graduation.
Minghui is a Master student studying psychology. She is interested in how children learn from the fictional world. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in developmental psychology and learn more about children's learning.
Elise is a freshman majoring Psychology in the College of Arts and Science. She is excited to start her first real research opportunity at the SLL. Her passion for working with children makes this lab the perfect place for her.
I am a junior studying Psychology and Dance. I am interested in how distinctive parent interaction across various culture effect early childhood development differently. After graduation, I hope to pursue master degree in clinical psychology.
Sierra is a freshman studying psychology at Boston University. She is interested in the thought processes of children and how they choose who to respect. After graduation, Sierra hopes to possibly earn her PhD and/or to become a child life specialist.
Claire is a freshman studying psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, she is planning on attending graduate school to earn her PsyD and pursue a career in a clinical psychology, focusing on in child psychology and pediatric therapy.
Mackenzie is a Senior studying Psychology and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is especially interested in both developmental and social psychology as it relates to children. Mackenzie has worked with kids in many settings and is excited to continue this work by assisting with research in the Social Learning Lab. After graduation, Mackenzie plans to continue her education.
Elizabeth is a sophomore studying Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is excited to engage in research and learn more about children’s cognitive development. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Leticia is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Science majoring in Psychology. She plans on continuing her studies after graduation and focusing on clinical psychology. She enjoys working with children. In this SLL she plans on gaining more experience and seeing how children develop at a deeper level.
Sabrina is currently a sophomore studying Early Childhood Education. She loves children, their learning, and being able to learn from them. After graduation, she hopes to use her research experiences to better craft her teaching practice as an international educator, and ultimately shape thoughtful school communities through education administration roles in the U.S.
Claudia is a senior majoring in Psychology with a focus on Counseling. She is particularly interested in studying how individuals and families cope with adversity in the forms of loss and chronic illness when she is working toward a PhD and goes into the field. She is looking forward to learning more about how children view the world through her work in the lab.
Elaina is a rising senior who studies the Great Books program at St. John's College. In general, she is curious about the human consciousness and how beings begin to understand individuality through a social world. She wants to explore how certain social and cultural influences dictate children's' experiences of emotion and identity. She hopes to pursue graduate work in developmental psychology. For now though, you can probably find her passionately dancing in public to her favorite Xiu Xiu album and/or avidly rewriting Thom Wasluck fragments in her journal.
Emerald is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. She would love to learn more about the influence of different teaching styles on children's development in the SLL lab. After graduation, she hopes to go on to graduate school for Clinical Psychology.
Sam is a sophomore studying liberal arts at St. John's College. He's interested in the intersection of social life and the life of the mind, and plans to pursue a career in social psychology after graduation.
David is a rising senior at BU studying Psychology. His plan is to attend graduate school at some point to expand his knowledge in the field. He enjoys working with children and hopes to turn it into a career in the future.
Molly is a junior studying psychology with a minor in French in the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduating she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology. She is particularly interested in the development of gender through social learning.
Purnima is a senior pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in statistics. She is really excited to be a part of the research team in the Social Learning Lab! After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school and study clinical psychology.
Dana is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences currently studying Psychology. She is interested in developmental psychology and ultimately would like to work with adopted children or children within the foster care system.
Alexis is an undergraduate Senior studying Early Childhood Education. She is pursuing a career in the teaching field and is excited to use her experience at the Social Learning Lab to deepen her understanding of child development.
Nikita is a sophomore studying Psychology. She is interested in clinical, developmental, and social psychology and is looking forward to the research opportunities the Social Learning Lab has to offer!
Cristina is a Senior earning her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She is broadly interested in disorders of children and adolescence, specifically the effects of trauma on development. After graduation, she plans to gain experience in the field for a few years before obtaining her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Eventually, she hopes to open a private practice out of her home and aid children and families experiencing multiple adversities.
Mira is a rising Senior in High School at Concord Academy. She is interested in pursuing possible careers in biology and psychology. She is particularly fascinated by the epigenetic effects of traumatic experiences in childhood. Mira loves working with children and is grateful for this amazing opportunity do to hands-on research.
Nicholas is a graduate student currently studying theology whose undergraduate experience is in Human Development. His interests include the connections between the psychological and theological understanding of the human person, specifically, how individuals derive a sense of purpose and meaning within life. He also hopes to apply to Ph.D. programs in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
Emily is a sophomore majoring in psychology at Boston University. She is interested in how children learn socially and academically and how adults can facilitate this learning process. After college, Emily is interested in pursuing a career in nursing or occupational therapy, possibly with a pediatric specialty. She hopes that her experience at the SLL will strengthen her research skills and help her better understand children's cognition to prepare her for these future careers.
Catherine has just received her master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in the social and cognitive development of children. She hopes to pursue further studies in this area.
Olivia Soyeon Kim
Olivia is majoring in psychology. She is interested in how loving relationships affect children’s motivation. She is planning on going to graduate school to learn more about motivational psychology. Working in the he Social learning is her first lab experience, and she is excited to expand her passions and interests.
Karen is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is looking forward to participate in research and work with children in the Social Learning Lab.
Rene is a rising senior in high school at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. She is interested in pursuing a career in psychology or behavioral neuroscience and is passionate about working in the healthcare industry to provide clinical services alongside exploring research interests. She is excited to have this opportunity and is eager to learn from her internship at the Social Learning Lab.
Sumedha is a rising senior in high school. She is planning on pursuing biological sciences and neuroscience in college. Working in the Social Learning Lab is her first lab experience outside of school and she is excited to be here!
Zeynep is a junior studying Psychology. She finds social and cognitive development of children to be fascinating as a research area. She likes to work with children and hopes to pursue her research interests by getting experience in Social Learning Laboratory.
Khushboo recently received her Master’s in Psychology from Boston University. Her area of specialization includes Social and Developmental Psychology. She hopes to enrich her research experience by indulging in research with children which will facilitate her to achieve her long term goal of pursing a PhD.
Irem is a senior at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She is really interested in developmental psychology and especially parent-child interaction. She has been working at Bilkent University Developmental Psychology Lab and enjoys interacting with parents and children. Besides her research experiences, she really likes Turkish literature and loves to write essays and poems. Her future plan is to continue research about children’s social and cognitive development in graduate school.