I’m a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, working under Ellen Markman. I earned my PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles under advisor Keith Holyoak. I was born and raised in Wauwatosa, WI and previously educated in the desert at Arizona State University. I love coffee and beer and have recently become an amateur coffee roaster and home brewer (emphasis on amateur). I also dabble in photography.
Through experiments and computational cognitive modeling, my research program examines interactions within systems of beliefs, which I view as central to understanding higher-level cognition and behavior. Presently, I am focused on two important questions:
- Why are misconceptions so widespread and stubbornly resistant to change?
- Why does our knowledge and awareness of facts so often fail to translate into optimal behavior?
My research has been published in top-tier psychology and general-interest journals, including PNAS, Psychological Science, and Psychological Bulletin.