Current Lab Staff

Current Lab Staff

Postdoctoral Researcher

Koeun ChoiChoi

Koeun is a postdoctoral researcher studying the impact of media on young children’s learning and transfer. Her research involves problem solving activities in multiple domains (e.g., STEM). Her work uses behavioral and eye-tracking measures to understand cognitive development and learning processes. Her research goal is to understand the ways in which media technology (e.g., interactive touch screens) can be used to deliver educational content to young learners.

Office: 2131 Psychology
Email: koeunc@ucr.edu
Web: https://koeunchoi.github.io

Graduate Students

Molly Schlesinger

Molly is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Developmental area of the UCR Psychology Graduate Program. Her research interests include social cognitive development, educational media, preschool STEM education, and how social cognitive perceptions relate to learning. Her dissertation focuses on young children’s engagement with STEM content and educational media. In 2013 she received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP). She received a B.A. from Hampshire College, graduating with an interdisciplinary concentration in Developmental Sciences and Critical Social Inquiry.

office: 2131 Psychology
e-mail: mschl003@ucr.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Anondah Saide

Anondah is a fourth year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UC Riverside. Her research interests pertain to children’s cognitive development more generally, and children’s development of religious concepts (in both religious and secular populations) more specifically. She is currently working on a longitudinal study in the Childhood Cognition Lab on children’s understanding of prayer and other religious concepts. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Humboldt State University and an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

office: 2129 Psychology
e-mail: asaid003@ucr.edu
Curriculum vitae

Kirsten Lesageheadshot_kirsten

Kirsten is a third year doctoral candidate in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. Her research interests focus on children’s cognitive development in regards to concept development (e.g., supernatural beings, prayer, and possibility judgments). She is also interested the mechanisms of transmission of causal reasoning, specifically for supernatural and natural causes. Presently, she is working on a longitudinal study in the lab examining children’s conceptions of prayer, supernatural beings, and causal mechanisms. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Northwestern College.

office: 2129 Psychology
e-mail: kirsten.lesage@email.ucr.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Courtney Baugh

Courtney is a first year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR.  Her research interests include: the effect that technology/screen time has on children’s ability to infer another person’s emotions and on emotional regulation, and the effects that religiosity has on children’s cognitive development, specifically differences between religions or religious denominations.  She is currently involved in a study that is looking at how fantasy effects children’s transference to problem-solving tasks.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Child Development from California State University, Stanislaus.

office: 2129 Psychology
e-mail: cgran006@ucr.edu

Lab Coordinator

Hannah Puttre

Hannah is the current lab coordinator in the Childhood Cognition Lab. Her primary research interests focus on social cognitive development, social emotional development, and early learning. Further, she is interested in how culture, with an emphasis on media, affects these areas. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Rochester.

Research Assistants

Research Assistants include motivated undergraduate students that volunteer in order to aide the development of ongoing research!