Principal Investigator

 Marjorie Rhodes

Associate Professor of Psychology
Email: marjorie dot rhodes at nyu dot edu
CV: click here

My research examines conceptual development and the development of social cognition. In conceptual development, my work focuses on categorization: How do children categorize different kinds of objects? Does category structure vary by domain? How do children use categories to guide their inferences and behavior? How does information about within-category variability influence individuals' concepts? In the development of social cognition, my work examines how children categorize people, as well as the implication of social categories for children's behavior, social inference, and moral cognition.

Professional Research Staff


Lab Manager

I graduated from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a working concentration of Cognitive Development. My concentration combined aspects of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy to explore how we develop our minds and the way we think and the thoughts we think. After exposure to developmental courses in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, I realized that I wanted to focus my study of the mind and the brain on children. In my free time, I enjoy taking scenic photos and exploring hidden gems in the city. I am also a big geek who enjoys sci-fi movies, fantasy novels, and anime.


Research Coordinator

After receiving my MA from Boston College in applied developmental and educational psychology, I went to teach at in international school in Ecuador for two years and then continued working with children while traveling around the world. Now, as a technical research associate at the CDSC Lab, I am combining my background in education with our cognitive research to design and implement an intervention to increase interest and persistence in science in young children. In my free time I enjoy playing with my dog, learning new skills (e.g., surfing; thai cooking; gardening), and planning vacations.

Research Coordinator
Email: erg280 at nyu dot edu

I graduated from NYU with a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work and spent a year working as a clinician before transitioning to research. As a research associate in the lab, I am currently working on two projects:  One is a longitudinal study examining the effects of language on children’s interest in science over time, and the other is a study aiming to understand and prevent the emergence of racial bias in childhood. More broadly, I am interested in how children reason about social groups, inequality, and fairness. In my free time, I like to paint, read, and be a dog mom. 


Research Coordinator

As a research coordinator at CDSC, I help to run studies and process data collected at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. I graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2018 with a BS in Cognitive Science, where I discovered my interest in developmental research. I am most interested in pursuing research topics that focus on intergroup bias, culture, advantage/ disadvantage, and inequality. Outside of lab, I enjoy traveling and trying new foods.

Graduate Students

Graduate Student
Email: emily dot fosterhanson at nyu dot edu

As a graduate student in the lab, my research focuses on how category reasoning is shaped by cultural input. I am particularly interested in how the language we use to talk about things leads children to think about the world in different ways. When I have time, I enjoy hiking with my dog and spending time with my family and friends.


Graduate Student
Email: moty at nyu dot edu

I am currently a graduate student within the CDSC lab. Before NYU, I received my B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics (with a minor in Polish Lang/Lit) from UC Berkeley, then worked as a pre-doctoral research associate within the psychology department at Lehigh University. My research explores how kids learn about categories: how does the language kids hear influence the way they think about categories; how do kids consolidate what they hear about categories versus what they see when the two sources conflict; and what kinds of inferences do kids make about categories based on incomplete or ambiguous information. 


Graduate Student starting Fall 2018


Post-Doctoral Research Fellows


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the CDSC. My research takes an intersectional approach at examining processes of stereotyping and prejudice. Specifically, I examine how social biases such as racism differ depending on whether prototypical (e.g., male) or non-prototypical (e.g., female) members are being evaluated. With the CDSC, I plan to examine how these processes emerge developmentally and what factors influence potential shifts along the developmental trajectory.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Research Assistant

I am currently an undergraduate studying Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Business and liberal arts.  I teach at the New York Preschool of the Arts and am fascinated by the way my students view the world around them.  In the future, I hope to pursue my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology.  In my free time, I like to do yoga, spend time with friends and family, and come up with creative lesson plans for my preschoolers! 

Research Assistant

I am currently an undergraduate double majoring in Psychology and Biology. I have worked closely with children throughout the years as a tutor, book club leader, and as a volunteer at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth Texas. In the future, I hope to attend medical school and become a pediatric surgeon. When not working or studying; I love to read, run, hang out with my friends, and discover new music.


Research Assistant

I graduated from George Mason University with a BS in psychology, am currently a Masters student in the NYU General Psychology program, and plan to pursue a PhD in psychology. My interests are diverse and include philosophical psychology, generational changes in beliefs, neuroscience, pleasure in general and also its relation to depression, and positive psychology.  I enjoy music, baking, and eating (particularly sweets).

Research Assistant

I am a senior undergraduate student at New York University, majoring in Psychology. I am interested in the trajectory of normal childhood development and how children learn from their environment. In the future, I plan to get my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and become a clinical child psychologist. I hope to be a specialist for adopted children and the challenges related to adoption. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, going to concerts, and spending time with my family.


Research Assistant

I am currently an undergraduate student at NYU studying Applied Psychology, and I am a working as a research assistant at the Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab. I love working with children, and I think it is so exciting to watch them grow and change. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and going to concerts. 


Research Assistant

I am an undergraduate student in the SPS division of NYU, where I major in Media Studies. I am interested in the role of language in education, and how best to diminish bias  - potentially using technology as a constructive educational medium. In my free time l like to go to concerts, collect records, and practice martial arts. 


Research Assistant

I am currently an undergrad student at NYU striving to do a five-year program for a BA and masters in Psychology with a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies minor with an interest in cognition and neuroscience. I have always loved working with children and want to study how this important stage in our cognitive development shapes the adults we become one day. I am interested in how our early categorization and language exposure affects our development and adult opinions. During my free time, you can find me photographing the city or my cat, playing video games, or obsessing over the smell of Lush bath bombs. 


Research Assistant

I am an undergraduate student at NYU, currently double majoring in Psychology and Middle Eastern Islamic Studies and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m interested in cross-cultural variations in the perception, categorization, and understanding of manhood, and at how children come to form certain gender-based social constructs and stereotypes solely from what they observe from their environment. In my free time, you can find me reading, going to the movies, or trying out new food spots around the city.