Current Lab Staff

Current Lab Staff

Postdoctoral Researchers

Bolivar Reyes-Jacquez

Boli Reyes-Jaquez is a Developing Belief Network postdoctoral
researcher. He studies human development, with a focus on how
cognitive, social, and cultural factors influence two fundamental
domains of social evaluation: competence and morality. Before joining
the team at UCR, he obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University
of Texas at Austin in 2015. After spending the next two years teaching
in the Dominican Republic as a visiting scholar while fulfilling
requirements of a Fulbright fellowship, he returned to the U.S. as a
President’s postdoctoral research fellow at University of Minnesota,
working with Dr. Melissa Koenig. His most recent work examined in
different cultures children’s moral judgments of power abuse in the
form of bribery; current interests include testing whether at some
point in development concepts like moral fallibility (e.g.,
overstepping one’s authority) are deemed uniquely human, or also
applicable to supernatural agents.

Email: bolivarr@ucr.edu

Kara Weisman

Kara Weisman is the postdoctoral research director of the Developing Belief Network. She studies intuitive theories, conceptual change, and folk philosophy of mind, with particular attention to the ways these conceptual representations do and do not vary across development, across cultural settings, and across individuals. Before joining the team at UCR, she completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford University and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Stanford anthropology department working on the Mind & Spirit Project, a large-scale collaboration between anthropologists and psychologists studying how cultural models of the mind shape spiritual experiences across a range of cultural and religious settings.

Email: karaw@ucr.edu
Personal Website: kgweisman.github.io

Current Graduate Students

Courtney Baugh

Courtney is a fifth-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR.  Her research interests include how, why, and what children learn from media, and the role that feelings of similarity play in relating to and learning from media characters.  She is currently involved in a study that is looking at how children identify with media characters, and how that affects prosocial learning.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Child Development from California State University, Stanislaus, and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from University of California, Riverside.

Office: Psychology Building 2131
Email: cgran006@ucr.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Alisha Conover

Ali is a third-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. Her research interests include children’s understanding of religious concepts across multiple religious affiliations and the role of religious rituals as an emotion-regulation strategy. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

Office: Psychology Building 2131
Email: alisha.conover@email.ucr.edu

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Brianna Cabrera

Brianna is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. She is rejoining the lab after earning her B.A. in Psychology from UCR in Spring 2018. Her research interests include the emergence of religious stereotypes in early childhood as well as the effects those stereotypes may play on children’s moral reasoning within peer interactions.

Office: Psychology Building 2129
Email: brianna.cabrera@email.ucr.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Hea Jung Lee

Hea Jung is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. Her research interests include how imagination and fantasy belief may influence children’s understanding of social relationships. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College.

Office: Psychology Building 2129
Email: heajung.lee@email.ucr.edu


 Current Research Assistants

Jennifer Hoang

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

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Ashley Marin

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

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Taylor Martin del Campo

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

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Roger Morales

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

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Sarah Panameño

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

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Laura Posada

Class of 2017 (University of California, Riverside); B.A in Psychology
Paid Field Researcher for Explanatory Systems in Medellin, Colombia (August 2018 – Present);
Paid Research Assistant for Development of Religious Cognition (May 2018 – August 2018)
Undergraduate Research Assistant for Development of Religious Cognition (2015 – 2017)

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Rasneek Singh

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

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Anthony Zafra

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