Spring 2021 Lab Zoom “Photo”. From top-left: Isabella Brown, Jonathan Lane, Savannah Stewart, Vik Reddy, Kolapo Dairo, Emily Conder, Alex Ford, Nicolette Granata, Livia De Luca Almeida, Katy Hamilton, Raina Harpalani, Chyna Bacchus.


Dr. Jonathan Lane
Principal Investigator


Emily Conder
Graduate Student
Emily is interested in the development of social cognition in early to middle childhood, and in adults. She investigates how children’s intergroup attitudes are influenced by overheard messages about social groups. She also examines how adults’ judgments of perpetrators differ based on their knowledge of perpetrators’ extenuating circumstances.


Nicolette Granata
Graduate Student
Nicolette’s research interests include children’s theory of mind, moral development, and concepts of disability. She hopes that her research will be applied to inform how children learn about and interact with peers with disabilities, decreasing the victimization experienced by persons with disabilities and fostering social inclusion.

Research Assistants

(Listed by tenure in lab)


Kolapo Dairo

Kolapo is a senior majoring in Psychology and Medicine, Health, & Society. This fall is his fourth semester in the lab. After graduating, he wants to attend medical school, where he hopes to continue doing psychological research.


Livia De Luca Almeida

Livia is a sophomore, studying Psychology and Medicine, Health & Society. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in healthcare administration or clinical psychology. She is originally from Brazil, and one of her favorite things to do is go on walks around campus.


Savannah Stewart

Savannah is a a sophomore studying HOD, Spanish, and Psychology. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in Consulting, Human Resources, or something involving the social sciences.


Chyna Bacchus

Chyna is a junior studying Medicine, Health, & Society and Economics. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in financial advising or healthcare administration.


Melanie Leguizamon

Melanie is a sophomore double majoring in Cognitive Studies and Child Development and minoring in Neuroscience. This is her first semester as a research assistant in the lab. Her interests include clinical psychology, working with children, and the law.


Angela Qian

Angela is a sophomore studying Cognitive Studies and Medicine, Health, & Society. After graduating, she plans to pursue graduate studies in nursing.


Joanna Zheng

Joanna is a sophomore majoring in Cognitive Studies and a new research assistant for the lab. She loves working with children and would like to pursue child-adolescent psychiatry after graduation.

Fall 2019: Emily Conder presents at the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society.

Fall 2019: Nicolette Granata presents at the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society.

Summer 2018: Noora Jamal presents preliminary results on how children learn about new social groups.

Summer 2016: Corry Ke presents preliminary results on children’s understanding of invisible entities.

Lab Mascot


Former Master’s Student

Alex Ford

Former Research Assistants

Megan Wiebe, Katie Metzger,  Janelle Brown,  Shreya Karak, Charlotte Buck, Isabella Brown, Raina Harpalani, Mackenzie Jackson,  Shaan Ramaprasad,  Leoncia Gillespie, Mary Tezak, Vik Reddy, Troy Morrow,  Alex Wolfe,  Taylor Boothby,  Marlotte deJong,  Anna Yarinsky, Sophia She, Rose Capin, Becca Berger, Katy Hamilton, Kiara Hibbler, Caroline Curran, Emma Baker, Kathryn Coughlin,  Haley Green,  Joseph Barnett, Ethan Schmerling,  Kelly Warren, Carolyn Yee,  Ted Schachtman, Andrew Virgile,  Victoria Tu    [listed by tenure in lab]