I am a graduate student at Yale University, where I work primarily in the Cognition and Development Lab with Frank Keil. I am most interested in how we perceive, interact with, and represent the space around us. This could mean understanding how we navigate through space (e.g., how it is that we can effortlessly navigate to work each morning), how we see space (e.g., why are there so many visual illusions of space, and what do those tell us about how the mind works?), or how we think about space (e.g., what do our mental maps look like, and how do they differ from reality?). My work mostly focuses on adult cognition, but I also study children and the origins of these foundational spatial processes.
Beyond my core interest in spatial perception and cognition, I have also worked on numerous other related topics, including mental representations of shapes, various aspects of numerical cognition, and visual memorability. And more recently, I have become obsessed with explanation as a cognitive process, and the many ways that our intuitions about and understandings of explanations shape how we interact with our information-rich world.