About me

I’m a postdoctoral fellow working with Mike Frank in the Language and Cognition Lab at Stanford University. I’m interested broadly in how humans abstract away from the sensory information they receive about the world to create, structure, and communicate higher-level representations. To better understand these processes, my research explores the nature of category systems across languages: how these semantic structures vary, evolve, and influence thought. In a complementary line of work, I examine the role of language and culture in children’s developing conceptualizations of space and relations.

I completed my PhD in psychology at UC Berkeley, in Terry Regier’s Language and Cognition Lab, and a postdoc in Asifa Majid’s Meaning, Culture, and Cognition Lab at Radboud University in the Netherlands.

You can email me at abcarstensen [at] stanford [dot] edu.