David M. SobelProfessor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
I did my undergraduate work at Swarthmore College in Psychology and Computer Science and my graduate work at UC Berkeley in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. I study how children represent and learn causal relations and understand others' mental states. In addition to work on causality and theory of mind, my recent research is in selective social learning, children's prosocial behavior, and children's metacognitive understanding of learning. This last piece of work is done in collaboration wtih Provdience Children's Museum, with whom I have an active collaboration.
I study cognitive development and children's social cognition
I study children's cognitive development, particularly causal reasoning, theory of mind, and learning. I am interested in the cognitive mechanisms children use to acquire their commonsense understanding of the world. My lab examines how children acquire causal knowledge and make causal inferences. We also investigate the interaction between intentionality and discovery in causal learning, how children learn from others (often called selective trust or social learning), how children conceptualize pretending, fiction, and fantasy worlds, and how children engage in prosocial behavior. Recently I have begun applying some of these ideas to learning in informal settings, like children's museums. I collaborate with the Providence Children's Museum to investigate and evaluate how learning occurs.
Jenkins, Odest Associate Professor of Computer Science, Associate Professor of Engineering
Malle, Bertram Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Associate Chair of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
Morgan, James Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
I teach introductory courses in Development and Cognition. My advanced courses are in Cognitive Development, and links among Cognitive Development and other fields (Cognitive and Social Psychology, Computational Modeling, Philosophy, and Atypical Development)
CLPS 0020 - Approaches to the Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science. Fall 2016.
CLPS 0610 - Children's Thinking: The Nature of Cognitive Development. Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Summer 2016.
CLPS 1241 - Causal Reasoning. Fall 2015.
CLPS 1610 - Cognitive Development. Spring 2015.
CLPS 1680A - Topics in Development: Social Learning. Spring 2015, Spring 2017.
CLPS 1680C - Topics in Development: Theory of Mind. Spring 2016.