Teresa Flanagan

Teresa Flanagan

I am interested in how the philosophical arguments of free will can be empirically researched in young children's intuitions and beliefs. Specifically, I study how young children's understanding of free will relates to their social and moral relationships with other people and non-human agents (like robots). Outside of the ECC lab, I am also the secretary for Cornell's Graduate Women in Science organization, and I am in Ithaca's comedy improv group, Comedy FLOPs. 

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Alyssa Varhol

Alyssa Varhol

I am interested in children’s social learning in different contexts from late infancy to middle childhood. My research explores ways children learn anything from words to social norms from other people early in life and how that might vary across individual differences (e.g. cognitive and social skills or parenting style ) and group differences (e.g. culture or socioeconomic status). When I’m not in the lab negotiating with preschoolers and wrangling toddlers, you can find me hiking a nearby trail or cooing over strangers’ dogs.

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Isobel Heck

Isobel Heck

I am a graduate student in Human Development. I am broadly interested in how children come to think about the social world. I joined the ECC Lab because I am interested in applying tools from cognitive development to better understand kids' social cognition. I'm currently working on projects related to children's conceptions of preference, choice, and group-based attitudes. When I'm not in the lab, I can be found hiking, finding new places to swim, trying out new recipes or cleaning up after my two kittens. 

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Alice Zhao

Alice Zhao

I am a graduate student in Human Development. My research interest involves young children's understanding of choice, rules and norms in various cultural contexts. I am currently investigating 1) children’s awareness of authority to change rules and norms 2) children’s self-control capacity and concept of choice, and 3) how parents and children talk about choice.

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