Department of Psychology

Simone Nguyen


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 |

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 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.

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., & Chevalier, T. N. (2015). Category coherence in children's inductive inferences with cross-classified entities. Cognitive Development, 35, 137-150.


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