Postdoctoral Fellows

Sarah Eason, Phd

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am interested in how social contexts relate to children’s cognitive development, such as the domain of math learning. A particular interest is how experiences in the home environment and interactions with parents contribute to children’s early math learning. Consequently, much of my research focuses on what types of experiences and interactions in the home are most conducive to increasing children’s math knowledge, and how this might vary depending on individual characteristics and sociocultural factors. Furthermore, the research I am involved in seeks to examine the best ways to guide parents and caregivers to increase the quantity and quality of math-related talk when engaging with young children. An additional line of research examines the relations between executive function and children’s current math skills as well as their capacity for learning from math activities.

Alana Foley (Dulaney), PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

My research concerns the cognitive underpinnings of students' learning and performance in math and science. I am particularly interested in the roles of spatial thinking and executive functions, such as working memory. In my current work, I am investigating the roles of the mental number line and visuospatial working memory in children's arthimetic problem solving. I am also collaborating on projects investigating spatial skills in children, such as cross-sectioning ability and mental rotation. My other interests include socioeconomic and sex differences in spatial thinking and performance in math and science, as well as the contribuions of the home environment to math performance.

Chris Young, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am interested in how representations of spatial and numerical information develop together. I approach this issue quantitatively by refining models of basic processes, like estimation, and using them to improve performance on educationally relevant measures. This focus allows for the application of informative techniques, such as adaptive experimental design, to increase the effectiveness of training in the lab and classroom.