The Quad Lab is part of the Department of Psychology and Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science. Our lab studies how people think about quantitative information and how our strategies changes across development and across contexts. We do online and in person experiments with infants, children, and adults. Currently, most of our work is in the domain of mathematical and numerical cognition. Specifically, proportional reasoning provides an interesting and important case study because it often causes difficulty in older children and adults, and yet infants and young children have good intuitions about how to use proportional information. What do these early intuitions look like? When and why do older children and adults make errors? What cognitive processes are people using to reason about proportion, and how do they change across development? What experiences cause people to use incorrect or suboptimal processing strategies? These are the kinds of questions we address in my lab, with the goal of building more complete cognitive theories of how the human mind works and to develop better ways of teaching and learning difficult mathematical concepts. In my lab, we believe in the importance of fostering an inclusive and supportive environment, and actively work to create such an environment. We also believe in the principles of open and transparent science, and do our science with that in mind, including pre-registration, open materials, open data, and so on.
Undergraduate students interested in getting involved in the lab can email our general lab email: