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September 2023: Andrei was invited to present the lab's work at the 2023 Math Summit organized by a number of U.S. governmental organizations, including the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The goal of the Summit is to disseminate the latest scholarship on strategies to address the unprecedented crisis facing students following the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 2023: On June 9, lab alumna Andrea Vial and Andrei are organizing an interdisciplinary workshop on the theme of understanding gender gaps in science and technology from a global perspective. The workshop will bring together leading experts on this topic, including Maria Charles (Sociology, UC Santa Barbara), Thomas Breda (Paris School of Economics), and Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta (Psychology, UMass Amherst). The workshop is organized with support from a 19 Washington Square North Faculty Fellowship awarded to Andrea and Andrei.
May 2023: The lab got together to celebrate the end of the academic year. We had a lot to celebrate!
Kathryn Jano, Maya Kreitman, and Violet Brede completed their honors theses in the lab. All three of them won 1st place in their talk (Kathryn and Violet) or poster (Maya) panels at NYU's Annual Undergraduate Research Conference! Kathryn also won the Hillary Anne Citrin Memorial Award for Outstanding Honors Thesis.
Six of our undergraduate students won awards from the Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund ($1,000 each for their research in the lab): Ahmed Hussein, Jie Lu, Kathryn Jano, Maya Kreitman, Mohamed Eleish, and Violet Brede.
Three students completed master's theses in the lab: Ana Aguirre, Gabby Applebaum, and Shan Gao. Gabby and Shan also won NYU Master-Mentorship Model Awards ($750 each for their research), and Gabby won 1st place in her poster session at the Annual NYU Masters Psychology Research Conference.
What a year!! Congratulations, everyone, and have a great summer!
March 2023: Many members of the lab are traveling to the conference of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) to present their research! This year, the SRCD conference is taking place in Salt Lake City between March 23 and 25.
February 2023: We are excited to welcome two new lab managers to our team, both of whom will start this summer: Abby Binder, who is currently an Honors student in Dr. Susan Gelman's lab at University of Michigan, and Lucia Vilches, who is currently a research assistant in Dr. Elizabeth Spelke's lab at Harvard University. Welcome, Abby and Lucia!!!
October 2022: A team of collaborators (PI: Catherine Verniers, Université Paris Cité) that includes the lab received a €70,956 grant from the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies at Sciences Po to investigate potential side effects of role model interventions in STEM: Do these interventions backfire by drawing attention away from structural barriers to women’s STEM pursuit and legitimizing existing gender inequities?
September 2022: Vivian Liu accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Laura Taylor at University College Dublin! She will be working on a project investigating youth peacebuilding in conflict-affected countries around the world. Congratulations, Vivian!!
February 2022: Andrei and his collaborators Azzurra Ruggeri, Samuel Ronfard, Joshua Rottman, and Candice Mills are organizing a preconference before the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society (April 21st; Madison, WI): Balancing trust and skepticism in the times of fake news: The development of epistemic reasoning and intellectual humility.
August 2021: The lab was awarded a $20,000 pilot grant through the Templeton Foundation's Virtual Research Network on the Development of Intellectual Humility, of which Andrei is a member. The project will investigate the development of epistemic partisanship—the tendency to learn about the world in ways that favors one's ingroup's values and norms. This project was launched with a $10,000 prototyping grant awarded to the lab by the Virtual Research Network earlier in 2021.
August 2021: Kate Block was offered a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam! She will be starting in November 2021. We're so happy for you, Kate!! Congratulations!
April 2021: Andrei and Jess Gladstone received a $14,800 seed award from The Institute of Human Development and Social Change at NYU for an analysis of biographies of famous scientists written for children. They will investigate how prominent motivation dimensions (e.g., fixed vs. growth mindsets about ability and interest) are reflected in this popular category of children's books.
March 2021: We will be presenting our research at the upcoming conferences of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and American Educational Research Association (AERA) from April 7 to April 11, 2021. Check out our lab's schedule of presentations for SRCD and AERA! Hope to see you there!
December 2020: Dr. Kate Block is joining the lab as a postdoctoral fellow! Kate obtained her PhD from The University of British Columbia, where she worked with Drs. Toni Schmader and Andy Baron. Welcome, Kate!! We're thrilled to have you in the lab!
December 2020: Andrei was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor, effective January 1, 2021. Yay!!
July 2020: Tenelle Porter (University of Pennsylvania) and Andrei received a $235,000 grant from the Templeton Foundation to understand the circumstances under which students—and particularly students from stigmatized groups—feel uncomfortable admitting to others that they don't know or understand something, which may be an obstacle to learning.
May 2020: Andrei and his collaborators Sapna Cheryan (University of Washington), Joe Cimpian (NYU), and Sarah Lubienski (Indiana University) received a $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to investigate the development and consequences of the gender stereotype that attributes boys' math success to their innate talent and girls' math success to their effort.
May 2020: The lab welcomes Natalie Hutchins, who is joining us as a lab coordinator! Natalie is a 2020 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where she worked with Drs. Krista Casler and Lauren Howard. So glad to have you in the lab, Natalie!
April 2020: The National Science Foundation awarded Andrei and his collaborators Brian Donovan (BSCS Science Learning) and Catherine Riegle-Crumb (UT Austin) a $2 million grant to research how to teach genetics in high school without reinforcing essentialist views of gender differences.
April 2020: We're thrilled to welcome Sophie Arnold as a PhD student in our lab. Sophie graduated from University of Chicago and worked as a lab coordinator for Dr. Yarrow Dunham at Yale before joining us. She will be exploring the development of gender stereotypes and sociomoral reasoning, among other topics. Welcome, Sophie!!
April 2020: The lab welcomes Dr. April Bailey, who will start as a postdoctoral fellow with us this summer! April has a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology from Yale, where she worked with Jack Dovidio, Marianne LaFrance, and Josh Knobe on a range of topics in social cognition. We're so glad you're joining us, April!!
March 2020: The lab is excited to welcome our newest member: Natalie Toomajian! Natalie will be one of our lab's coordinators. She has a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan, where she was a lab coordinator for Dr. Henry Wellman. We're excited that you're joining us, Natalie!
September 2019: One of our members was awarded a 3-year National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development! Congratulations!!!
June 2019: Vivian and Andrei, along with collaborators Isobel Heck, Radhika Santhanagopalan, and Katie Kinzler, will be organizing a workshop on the development of political thought at the Cognitive Development Society conference this fall. Applications for posters and blitz talks are open through August 16!
January 2019: Lab alumna Lin Bian was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. This award is presented yearly to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. Way to go, Lin!! We're so proud!
October 2018: Our lab is announcing a collaboration with Mattel, who will fund a postdoctoral fellow in the lab to conduct basic research investigating the factors that limit young girls' aspirations.
October 2018: Andrei and collaborators Luciana Carraro (University of Padova, Italy) and Michal Reifen Tagar (IDC Herzliya, Israel) were awarded a €32,000 grant to investigate the early expressions and antecedents of political orientation in young children. The grant also provides funds for an international workshop on this topic, to be held at University of Padova in 2019.
September 2018: Andrei was named Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. Kavli Fellows are selected by a committee of Academy members from among young researchers who have already made recognized contributions to science, including recipients of major national fellowships and awards and who have been identified as future leaders in science. Andrei will his present his research at the 2019 U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium.
September 2018: Welcome to Vivian Liu, who is starting out this year as a graduate student in the lab! Vivian, a Wesleyan grad, will be doing research on stereotyping, bias, and ways to reduce them. We're excited to have her as part of our team!
July 2018: We're excited to welcome the newest member of our team, Dr. Andrea Vial! Andrea has a PhD in social psychology from Yale, where she worked with Jack Dovidio, Marianne LaFrance, and Jaime Napier. She studies the psychological underpinnings of gender disparities, a line of work she will continue as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab.
June 2018: Andrei was appointed as a 2018-2019 Visiting Researcher at the Russell Sage Foundation. He will spend his time at the Foundation discussing and writing up his research on the development of gender stereotypes.
December 2017: Our paper on the development of gender stereotypes about brilliance was ranked 5th in Altmetric's Top 100 most-discussed papers of 2017 (out of a total 2.2 million research outputs tracked).
October 2017: The Mindset Scholars Network and the Gates Foundation awarded the lab and collaborator Nim Tottenham (Columbia) $75,000 to study learning mindsets among children who have faced early adversity.
September 2017: The Psychonomic Society organized a "digital event" to celebrate the publication of the special issue on explanation co-edited by Andrei and Frank Keil. Click to read the guest posts about the special issue.
February & March 2017: Lin Bian, Christina Tworek, and Larisa Hussak all successfully defended their dissertations! Congrats, Drs. Bian, Tworek, and Hussak!
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