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. In one of the active projects, I focus on the role of structural reasoning in representations of social categories, and examine consequences of engaging in structural explanation for reasoning about socioeconomic inequality (with Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan, Language and Cognitive Development Lab).
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.