Simone Nguyen

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Dr. Simone Nguyen, Professor
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2003
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 2076
601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-7731 | nguyens@uncw.edu

lab website

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 knowledge about the world around them. 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.

Select Publications

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. (2012). The role of external sources in the development of children’s evaluative categories of food. Infant and Child Development, 21, 216-234.
Teaching

Courses Taught:

  • 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

Research Mentoring:

  • PSY 491: Directed Independent Study
  • PSY 499: Honors Work in Psychology
  • PSY 599: M.A. Thesis in Psychology

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