I began working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego in July, 2015. 

If you are interested in becoming a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher in my lab, please email me at carenwalker@ucsd.edu. For more information about my current research, please visit my new lab website at elclab.ucsd.edu.

I am am finishing my Ph.D. in the Psychology Department at University of California, Berkeley.  I work in Professor Alison Gopnik's Cognitive Development Lab and Professor Tania Lombrozo's Concepts and Cognition Lab.

My research explores how children learn and reason about the causal structure of the world.  In particular, I am interested in how learning occurs in the absence of new data – a phenomenon we call “learning by thinking.”  My graduate work considers a suite of activities that impose top-down constraints on human inference, focusing on phenomena that are characteristic of learning in early childhood.  This research includes learning by explaining, learning from analogies and thought experiments, and learning though fiction and imaginative play. As a result of my varied educational background and experience, my approach is interdisciplinary, combining perspectives in psychology, philosophy, education, neuroscience, and computational theory.

Contact Information:

email: carenwalker@ucsd.edu
cell: 607-761-8020