Current Lab Staff

Current Lab Staff

Anondah Saide

Anondah is a fifth year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UC Riverside. Her research interests broadly pertain to culture and children’s cognitive development. She is currently working on: (1) her dissertation research on children’s development of religious and scientific concepts (in both religious and secular populations), and (2) a longitudinal study in the lab examining children’s conceptions of prayer and God, reality/fantasy distinctions, and possibility reasoning. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Humboldt State University, an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and an M.A. in Psychology from UC Riverside.

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

Kirsten Lesage

Kirsten is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. Her research interests focus on (1) the cultural evolution of how causal explanatory systems are transmitted (vertical and oblique), such as language, testimony, social learning, and rituals, (2) the emergence of explanatory worldviews in early childhood (folk, scientific, religious, supernatural), (3) the role of the sociocultural context in the development of religious cognition and beliefs (e.g., concepts of God, prayer, supernatural causality). Presently, she is working on three main projects: (1) her dissertation examining parents’ and children’s causal explanations for biological problems across cultures (USA, Colombia, Mauritius) (project title: “Explanatory Systems”), (2) a longitudinal study in the lab examining children’s conceptions of prayer, supernatural beings, and causal mechanisms (project title: “Development of Religious Cognition”), and (3) a collaborative study with Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas and Dr. Aiyana Willard on how participation in magic or religious rituals relate to (dis)trust and blame attribution in communities in Mauritius. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Northwestern College and an M.A. in Psychology from UCR.

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

 

 

 Current Research Assistants

Frances Abalos

Class of 2019
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

 

 

 

 

Khwaja Sohaib Ahmad

Class of 2020
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

 

 

Alisha Conover

Class of 2017 (CSU- Long Beach)
B.A in Psychology (Minor: Sociology)
First Year Grad Student at UC Riverside in the Childhood Cognition Lab, starting September 2018
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Desantiago

Class of 2020
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

 

 

 

Roxanna Diaz

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

 

 

 

 

Sonal Dyavarshetty

Class of 2021
Department of Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

 

 

 

Francisca Elizarraraz

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

 

 

 

Jessica Garcia

Class of 2019
Departments of Psychology and Education
Project: Explanatory Systems

 

 

 

 

Cristal Alba Gutierrez

Class of 2019
Departments of Psychology and Education
Project: Explanatory Systems

 

 

 

 

Paloma Iñiguez

Class of 2019
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition & Explanatory Systems

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lopez

Class of 2020
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

 

 

 

Neil Lopez

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

 

 

 

 

Emily Nelson

Class of 2019
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

 

 

 

 

Sipriana Rodela

Class of 2021
Department of Biochemistry and Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

 

 

 

Emily Weddle

Class of 2019
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition