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Jasmine DeJesus


Jasmine graduated from Harvard in 2007 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Government. After working as a research assistant at Boston University and here at the University of Chicago, Jasmine started as a graduate student in Developmental Psychology in 2009 working primarily with Katherine Kinzler.

Research Interests

Jasmine is broadly interested in the development of social cognition, and more specifically in the way that young children use spoken language and accent as markers of social group membership. She is currently investigating the types of inferences that children make about others on the basis of their language (native vs. foreign) or their accent (e.g., foreign and regional accents of English), including judgments about others’ personality traits and nationality. In the future, Jasmine is also interested in exploring young children’s reasoning about food and disgust, and how that might interact with their social reasoning.


DeJesus, J. M., Rhodes, M., & Kinzler, K. D. (in press). Evaluations versus expectations: Children’s divergent beliefs about resource distribution. Cognitive Science.

Kinzler, K. D. & DeJesus, J. M. (in press). Northern = smart and Southern = nice: The development of accent attitudes in the U.S. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Kinzler, K. D. & DeJesus, J. M. (2013). Children’s sociolinguistic evaluations of nice foreigners and mean Americans. Developmental Psychology, 49(4), 655-664. doi: 10.1037/a0028740

Shutts, K., Kinzler, K. D., & DeJesus, J. M. (2013). Infants’ and children’s social learning about foods: Previous research and new prospects. Developmental Psychology, 49(3), 419-425. doi: 10.1037/a0027551

Kinzler, K.D., Shutts, K., DeJesus, J., & Spelke, E.S. (2009). Accent trumps race in guiding children’s social preferences. Social Cognition, 27(4), 623-634.

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