I am fascinated by how human infants seem to do so little, yet learn so much. What experiences shape our cognition as we learn and make sense of the world around us? My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand the origins and development of cognition in young children.

One focus of my research is on how children acquire mathematical concepts, and in turn, how math concepts relate to other aspects of children’s thinking. In my lab, undergraduate and graduate student researchers get hands-on experience designing and running studies that explore:

  • The role of visual attention and memory in building symbolic math skills
  • How language (e.g., which languages we hear) and social factors (e.g., which gender we learn from) impact math learning
  • The role of curiosity, confidence, and motivation in math engagement and performance
  • How math skills relate to children’s reasoning about other people and objects

As an undergraduate in my lab, you'll gain invaluable experience with all aspects of psychological research – from study design and participant recruitment to data collection, analysis, and dissemination. My mentorship approach emphasizes hands-on learning, critical thinking, and professional development.

" I received top-notch training that provided me with various skills critical to being a well-rounded researcher. The lab is very warm and welcoming, which made the research process fun and exciting. I couldn’t have done it without Dr. Wang and the lab!"

  • Rahma Mbarki, Ph.D. Candidate at Boston University

Learn more about joining our team on my website https://sites.rutgers.edu/jinjing-jenny-wang/students/.