Primary Investigator

Dr. David Sobel
Professor of Cognitive Science and Psychology


David Sobel received his BA in Psychology and Computer Science from Swarthmore College and his MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California. He joined the Brown faculty in 2001. He is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications as well as the co-editor of
Cognitive Development in Museum Settings: Relating Research to Practice. He is an officer for the Cognitive Development Society and an Associate Editor for the journal Developmental Psychology

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Graduate Students





Elena Luchkina.
Elena is a fifth year graduate student. Her interests are in children's language development and understanding of communicative intent.



Jayd Heilbrun.
Jayd is a second year graduate student. She is interested in the development of morality and children's trust in testimony.

Research Staff





Zoe Finiasz.
Zoe is the Lab Manager. She is interested in the social factors that influence children's learning.



Laura Stricker.
Laura is the Museum Researcher. Her focus is in how children play and learn in museum settings. 

Undergraduate Research Assistants





Abigayle Konys is a member of the Class of 2019.  She is a Cognitive Science and English Nonfiction double concentrator.




Cam Davis is a member of the class of 2018. She is a Psychology concentrator.




DJ is a member of the class of 2020. She is a cognitive science concentrator.




Emily Yang is a member of the class of 2020. She is a Psychology and Literary Arts concentrator. 




Julia Donovan is a member of the class of 2020. She is a Cognitive Neuroscience concentrator. 




Nicie Jenell Grier-Spratley is a member of the class of 2019. She is a Health and Human Biology concentrator

Lab Alumni

Dr. Susan Letourneau

Carol Medina

Maya Lennon

Yael Braverman

May Stern

Emma Vecchione

Colton Lacy

Julia Fein

Michal Clayton

Deanna Marcis

Tiffany Tassin

David Buchanan

Chris Erb

Tiffany Tassin

Antonija Kolobaric

Meghan Gonzales

Sarah Fracasso Francis

Veronica Fletcher

Isobel Heck

Estee Feldman

Riva Lam

Jenna Eldridge

Andrea Wister

Rachel Zolno

Brianna Doherty

Kathryn Green

Naomi Heilweil

Katherine Williams

Caroline Kleeman

Rachel Shelley-Abrahamson

Lea Ventura

Emily Hopkins

Emily Blumenthal

Sara Yerry

Megan Blossom

Abby Bookman

Alisa Breetz

Karis Casagrande

Michal Clayton

Claire Cook

Kathleen Corriveau

Sarah Fiske

Stephen Mitroff

Anne Moody

Sarah Munro

Philip Parker

Kathryn Noe

Kelly Powell

Cesalie Stepney

Kristin Swan

Ana Van Gulick

Beverly Young