I completed my PhD in psychology at UC Berkeley, in Terry Regier's Language and Cognition Lab, and am currently a postdoctoral researcher working with Asifa Majid in the Meaning, Culture, and Cognition Lab at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. I'm also an affiliated researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. I'm interested broadly in how humans abstract away from the sensory information they receive about the world to create, structure, and communicate higher-level representations. To better understand these processes, my research explores the nature of category systems across languages: how these semantic structures vary, evolve, and influence thought. In a complementary line of work, I examine the role of language and culture in children’s developing conceptualizations of space and relations. 

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