Doctoral student in Developmental Psychology


Isobel is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology. She works with Dr. Katherine Kinzler and Dr. Alex Shaw. She graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Science from Brown University in 2016. As an undergrad, she worked in the Causality and Mind Lab with Dr. David Sobel and the Schloss Visual Reasoning Lab with Dr. Karen Schloss. After graduation, Isobel began her doctoral training with Dr. Katherine Kinzler at Cornell University, where she received an M.A. in Cognitive Development. She transitioned to the University of Chicago in August 2019.

Research Interests

How do we come to understand ourselves and other people with respect to social groups and identities? When and how do we form attitudes about social groups’ relations to one another? How do early attitudes shape children’s (and later adult’s) values, motivations and desires? These questions are at the heart of my research, which lies at the intersection of social, cognitive and moral development. I take particular interest in the individual differences in children's developing insights and in how this variation in turn shapes cultural and individual differences in behavior.