About me

I’m a postdoc working with Caren Walker in the Early Learning and Cognition Lab at the University of California, San Diego. 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 and over development: how these semantic structures vary, change, and influence thought. My current research focuses on the roles 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 postdocs in Asifa Majid’s Meaning, Culture, and Cognition Lab at Radboud University in the Netherlands and Mike Frank’s Language and Cognition Lab at Stanford University.

You can email me at abc [at] ucsd [dot] edu.