The CORE Lab is made up of an awesome team – past and present.  We still value the contributions of lab alumni who have gone on to other wonderful things!

Here are just a few highlights from our awesome alumni!

Doctoral Alumni

Jessica Leffers (Ph.D. 2021)


Nicole Betz (Ph.D. 2019)

Thesis: Anthropic Thinking about Global Climate Change

Yian Xu (Ph.D. 2019)

Thesis: Individual Differences in Psychological Essentialism: Predictors and Consequences

R. Cole Eidson (Ph.D. 2014)

Thesis: An Examination of the Extent of Adults’ Social Essentialism

Ny Vasil (Ph.D. 2011)

Thesis: Property Effects in Inductive Reasoning

Allison Baker (Ph.D. 2005)

Thesis: Early Competence in Word Learning: Evidence from 10- and 14-month-old Infants.

Patrick Shafto (Ph.D. 2004)

Thesis: Novice Preferences for Taxonomic or Thematic Relations in Folkbiological Concepts.

Olga Stepanova Sachs (Ph.D. 2004)

Thesis: Vodka and Vermin: Naïve Reasoning about Alcohol and Animals.

Masters Alumni

Eloise Davenport (M.S. 2023)


Emily E. Dahlgaard Thor (M.S. 2020)

Thesis: The Role of Intuitive Language in Effective Science Communications

Tara Muratore (M.A. 2009)

Thesis: Folk Biological Reasoning: Knowledge and Experience.

Anna Vitkin (M.A. 2006)

Thesis: The Influence of Cross-classification on Categorization and Inductive Inference.