I am a postdoc at Dr. Tania Lombrozo's Concepts and Cognition Lab and Dr. Alison Gopnik`s Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley. I study explanation and causal reasoning in adults and across development. I approach explanation both as a process and a product: I investigate cognitive consequences of engaging in explanation (process) and of producing different types of explanation, such as formal, causal-mechanistic, teleological, structural, mathematical, etc., of different levels of complexity (product). My research on causal reasoning examines the role of stability, or robustness of causal relationships across varying background circumstances. In my current research projects, I explore how explanation and causal reasoning contribute to learning, inductive inference, and decision-making, and how this relationship varies with context, domain-specific experience and development.
Prior to joining UC Berkeley I taught at the Brandeis University Psychology Department and conducted research at the Categorization and Reasoning Lab at Northeastern University.