About Me

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.

My Research

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:

  1. Why are misconceptions so widespread and stubbornly resistant to change?
  2. 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.