Few things are more central to children’s relationship to learning than their feelings about effort, especially their judgments about how hard they should try when things get difficult. While many studies suggest that the ability to persist on difficult tasks affects children’s academic achievement, relatively little is known about how young children learn about when and how to deploy effort. My research focuses on understanding what factors impact children’s decisions to persist in the face of challenge and applications of this research to real-world learning.

I am currently a MindCore Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, primarily working in the Psychology department with Dr. Allyson Mackey and Dr. Angela Duckworth . I completed my PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT under the supervision of Dr. Laura Schulz and Dr. John Gabrieli.