People in Our Lab

Sara Cordes

Principal Investigator Sara Cordes

Dr. Cordes is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston College. Research in her lab centers on the development of quantity concepts.

You can find more detailed information about Dr. Cordes on her personal page. Back to list

Raychel Gordon

Lab Manager - Raychel Gordon

Raychel graduated from Boston University in May 2016 with a BA in Psychology and minors in Linguistics and Deaf Studies. Her research interests range from language acquisition and development, to behavioral neuroscience. In particular, she is interested in word learning, gesture, and conceptual development. Back to list

Nadia Chernyak

Nadia Chernyak

Nadia received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University in 2014. Her research has focused on moral cognition and prosocial behavior, and has examined questions such as: How does morality become conceptualized as a unique choice (vs. an obligation)? How do our ideas about choice vary across cultures and development? How and why does choice motivate young children's prosocial behavior? She is also interested in how children's emerging understanding of number interacts with their knowledge of fairness and their own abilities to share fairly. More information about Nadia's research is available on her personal page. Back to list

Stacee Santos

Stacee Santos

Stacee is interested in how the limited access to sound and language influences cognitive development. Her research investigates different numerical concepts with deaf and hard of hearing children. These studies explore how children with hearing loss discriminate between different amounts, recognize shapes, understand quantities, space, and proportion. Stacee received her Ph.D. from Boston College in 2008 where her research focused on the cognitive benefits of physical activity and complex motor learning. Back to list

Michelle Hurst

Michelle Hurst

Michelle graduated from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada with a BSc in Mathematics and a minor in Psychology. She is interested in math education and the development of cognitive factors associated with learning and understanding math. In particular, Michelle is interested in how children and adults think about and learn fractions, the transition from arithmetic to algebra and how early math ability relates to later math achievement. More information about Michelle's research is available on her personal page. Back to list

Karina Hamamouche

Karina Hamamouche

Karina graduated from Butler University with a BA in Psychology and French in 2014. She is primarily interested in children's and adults' perceptions of time and number. In particular, Karina uses emotion as a tool to explore the similarities and differences in people's ability to process time and number. Her work explores the effect of emotion on temporal and numerical estimation, discrimination, and counting. In addition, Karina is interested in exploring how temporal and numerical estimation relate to later math achievement. Back to list

Sophie Savelkouls

Sophie Savelkouls

Sophie graduated from Tufts University with a BSc in Psychology and Child Development in May 2014. Her background includes working with preschool children to improve their school readiness by implementing a STEM curriculum. Sophie is interested in infants' conceptual development. Primarily she is interested in how infants understand number and the role that language can play in numerical discrimination. Back to list

People in the Lab