Lindsey Powell

Principal Investigator | ljpowell@ucsd.edu

I study the early development of social cognition and motivation. How do infants and young children understand others' minds, interactions, and relationships? What motivates them to attend to and engage with social partners? How do we develop the abilities to cooperate, communicate, and learn from each other in just the first few years of life?

Paloma Iniguez

I received a B.A. in Psychology from UC Riverside, where I worked as a research assistant for the Childhood Cognition Lab. My own research interests have focused on language use and language patterns of minority communities across the lifespan.

Alexis Smith-Flores

Graduate Student | alexis-smith@ucsd.edu

My research investigates the intersection of socio-emotional development and cognition. Specifically, how does children’s understanding of others’ emotions, and evaluation of social interactions, shape their representations of objects and other agents.


Justine Wang

I graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Psychology. My research interests are social psychology, cognitive psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology. I want to study the functionality of emotions, the social influence on our behavior, and how to create an inclusive and creative work environment.

Juliana Gutierrez

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I’m finishing my B.A in Psychology with a minor in Human Development at UC San Diego. I have worked in research focused on health disparities, and acculturation in Hispanic communities. My research interests include the role of traditions and cultural rituals in child development, the effects of intergenerational trauma, and the science of mindfulness.

Carmen Blum

I am a second year undergraduate student majoring in Developmental Psychology. Outside of my passion for studying social behaviors I am a devoted caretaker to my ever growing collection of houseplants.

Anne Abney

I am a fourth year majoring in social psychology and minoring in biology. My research interests include the social cognitions and inferences made about others from both action and other characteristics.

Isabel Herrera

I am a third-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego working on my B.S. in Psychology and minor in Biology. I am passionate about cognitive and developmental psychology, especially in the physical and emotional interaction through behaviors. Apart from education, I enjoy dance and walks by the beach.

Haley Amin

I am a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Speech and Language Sciences. My research interests include social psychology, developmental psychology, and second language acquisition. Aside from research, I love drawing, painting, and crafting.

Anushka Bajaj

I'm a second-year undergraduate student passionate about child cognition. Outside of research, I enjoy analyzing contemporary literature, living vicariously through coming-of-age films, and attempting to air-fry every ingredient in existence.

Khanh Nguyen

I am a second-year undergraduate majoring in cognitive psychology and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. I am passionate about how the brain supports complex social and cognitive behaviors. Outside of research, I enjoy writing and playing the violin.

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The SoCal Lab Team met up for a socially distanced hike and a friendly, but competitive, game of Bocce Ball. Overall it was a day spent in good company


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