Shaylene Nancekivell, PhD

I am a researcher interested in the development of intuitive theories across the lifespan. My work has examined people's theories of ownership and associated rights, and their beliefs about learning and memory (i.e., learning styles). Most recently, I have embarked on an exciting collaboration with the Waterloo Region Museum examining how children's intuitive theories shape their learning from living history exhibits. My work is interdisciplinary and lives on the boarders of philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, legal studies, consumer studies, and education. It tends to focus on early childhood.

I am currently affiliated with the University of Michigan as a Visiting Scholar, and Renison University College as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. At U-M, I am part of Dr. Susan Gelman's Conceptual Development Lab, and Dr. Priti Shah's Basic and Applied Cognition Lab. Previously, I worked with Dr. Ori Friedman at the University of Waterloo where I received my PhD.

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