People

Director

Dr. Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo Tania Lombrozo is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an affiliate of the Department of Philosophy and a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University in 2006 after receiving a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University. Dr. Lombrozo’s research aims to address foundational questions about cognition using the empirical tools of cognitive psychology and the conceptual tools of analytic philosophy. Her work focuses on explanation and understanding, conceptual representation, categorization, social cognition, and causal reasoning. She is the recipient of numerous early-career awards including the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the Spence Award from the Association for Psychological Science, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, and a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award in Understanding Human Cognition. She blogs about psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science at Psychology Today and for NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos & Culture. [CV]

Postdoctoral Scholars

Nadya Vasilyeva

vasilyeva-website-square(website) Nadya is interested in what it means to explain and to understand, what gets us there, and why we want to get there in the first place. She studies how different types of explanation contribute to different kinds of understanding, and how this relationship varies with context, domain-specific experience and development.

Graduate Students

Carly Giffin

Carly GiffinCarly is a lawyer and graduate student in psychology interested in the intersection of psychology and law. Her research explores cognitive processes that impact not only juries but also lawyers and judges. She is especially interested in how variations in and uses of explanations change judgments and punishments.

Sara Gottlieb

Sara GottliebSara Gottlieb is a graduate student in psychology interested in topics surrounding moral judgment. One current research project explores how soul belief (or “intuitive dualism”) impacts our bioethical judgments, and in a broader sense, she is interested in the competing explanatory power of science and religion. Sara also works in Dacher Keltner’s Social Interaction Lab at UC Berkeley, and previously worked as a lab manager in Joshua Greene’s Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard.

Emily Liquin

EmilyPictureEmily is a graduate student in psychology interested in how children and adults reason about and explain causal phenomena. Specifically, she is interested in the distinction between the act of explaining and the attainment of accurate explanations. She plans to study the mechanism by which the act of explaining facilitates generalization based on causally relevant properties, even in the absence of a valid explanation. Emily also works in Alison Gopnik’s Cognitive Development Lab, where she hopes to study the strategies we use for learning and problem solving over the course of development.

Dylan Murray

Dylan MurrayDylan is a graduate student in philosophy interested in moral psychology. His research in the lab focuses on people’s judgments about causation, acting for reasons, moral responsibility, and free will; especially on what people take to threaten these – manipulation, determinism, causal overdetermination? His dissertation explores how the degree of moral responsibility and agency for an action depends on which mental states produce it, particularly in light of the social psychological literature on automaticity and dual-processing models of cognition and decision-making.

 

Lab Manager

Elizabeth Kon

blurbpicellieEllie is the laboratory manager for the Concepts and Cognition lab and the Computational Cognitive Science Lab. Her primary interest is in the relationship between language and thought, and she wrote her undergraduate thesis in the Language and Cognition Lab. Ellie has also studied word production in individuals with acquired language disorders with Susanne Gahl. As the Concepts and Cognition lab manager, she has become interested in understanding when and why explanation assists learning.

Former Lab Members

Graduate Students and Postdocs

Joe Austerweil

Joe Austerweil

Thomas Blanchard

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Brian Edwards

Brian Cropped

James Genone

James Genone

Nicholas Gwynne

Nicholas Gwynne

Michael Pacer

Michael Pacer

Azzurra Ruggeri

Azzu

Elizabeth Seiver

Elizabeth Seiver

George Tsai

George Tsai

Kevin Uttich

Kevin Uttich

Caren Walker

Caren

Daniel WilkenfeldDaniel

Joseph WilliamsJoseph Williams

Staff

Sophie Bridgers

Sophie Bridgers

Chris Holdgraf

Chris Holdgraf

Dillon Plunkett

Dillon Plunkett

Dave Schwantes Dave Schwantes

Research Assistants

Anna Akullian

Anna Akullian

Cleo Barrable

Cleo Barrable

Emmi Beck

Emmi Beck

Christina Botros

Christina Botros

Becca Bressler

Becca Bressler

Peter Chen

Peter Chen

Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark

Tram Dinh

Tram Dinh

Minh-Chau Do

Minh-Chau Do

Anamita Guha

Anamita Guha

Vanessa Ing

Vanessa Ing

Ania Jaroszewicz

Ania Jaroszewicz

Rosemary Jammal

Rosemary Jammal

Evan Kim

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Summer Kim

Summer Kim

Jerry Ling

Jerry Ling

Jared Lorince

Jared Lorince

Beibei Luo

Beibei Luo

Emily Margolin

Emily Margolin

Ginny McGinnis

Ginny McGinnis

David Oh

David Oh

Aria Pakatchi

Aria Pakatchi

Avi Press

Avi Press

Lisa Qin

Lisa Qin

Lindsay Reno

Lindsay Reno

Anna Riggs

Annie Riggs

Paul Rogerson

Paul Rogerson

Govind Shantharam

Govind Shantharam

Kevin Serrano

Kevin Serrano

Emily Sheng

Emily Sheng

Pretti Talwai

Preeti Talwai

Sean Trott

Sean Trott

Jesse Van Fleet

Jesse Van Fleet

Lucie Vosicka

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Jing Wang

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Emily Wei

Emily Wei

Meghan Wynne

Meghan Wynne