Before joining the University of Chicago as a postdoc, Michelle did her PhD in Developmental Psychology at Boston College and her BSc in Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University. She's interested in how children and adults attend to and reason about quantitative information in their environment, including counts, proportions, and ratios. She uses developmental, experimental, and computational methods to address questions such as: How do people integrate information about amounts to think about proportions? What impacts the strategies we use to process proportional information and how do they change across development? How do children think about multiple relations simultaneously, such as 5 being a bigger number than 4 and coming after 4 when you count? In addition to addressing basic science questions about cognitive development, Michelle is also interested in applying our theoretical understanding of the development of these skills to improve math learning and decision making with quantitative information.
Post Doctoral Scholar