Lori Markson, PhD

Lori Markson, PhD

Principal Investigator
Email: markson@wustl.edu

Professor Markson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and the director of the Cognition & Development Lab. Her research explores the cognitive mechanisms that allow children to successfully navigate the social world, with a focus on social exclusion, preferences, learning, and trust. Much of this research occurs in the context of children's understanding of different social categories, such as race, gender, nationality and language and the implications and consequences of these differences. We try to include children from a diverse range of backgrounds in our studies, enabling us to explore the effects of early experience on children's cognitive and social cognitive development. Along these lines, we are currently investigating the effects of adversity on the development of optimism and the influence of cross-race exposure on children's social choices and learning.