Shaylene Nancekivell, PhD

I am a researcher interested in the development of intuitive theories across the lifespan, including children's theories of ownership and adults' theories of learning. My work is interdisciplinary and lives on the boarders of philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, 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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