Dr. Simone Nguyen, Professor
My general area of expertise is in the field of cognitive development with a special emphasis on conceptual development in childhood. A major cognitive task for children, which can be easily taken for granted by adults, is to be able to make sense of what William James described as the "blooming, buzzing confusion" of the world around them. In my work I seek to understand how children structure the world into coherent conceptual systems and how these systems change over the course of development as children acquire new knowledge. I also seek to develop empirically based interventions that foster children's cognition and well-being. If you are interested in learning more about my research, please feel free to visit my lab's website.
- Nguyen, S. P., & Gelman, S. A. (2012). Generic language facilitates children's cross-classification. Cognitive Development, 27,154-167.
- Nguyen, S. P. (2012). Inductive selectivity in children's cross-classified concepts. Child Development, 83, 1748-1761.
Nguyen, S. P., & Chevalier, T. N. (2015). Category coherence in children's inductive inferences with cross-classified entities. Cognitive Development, 35, 137-150.
PSY 211: Perception & Cogniton
PSY 220: Child Psychology
PSY 320: Introduction to Infancy & Early Childhood
PSY 495: The Child's Mind & Well-being
PSY 520: Developmental Psychology
- PSY 491: Directed Independent Study
- PSY 499: Honors Work in Psychology
- PSY 599: M.A. Thesis in Psychology