Shaylene Nancekivell

snancek@umich.edu | 519-505-3620


Starting Fall 2019 Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of North Carolina Greensboro

2018-2019 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Renison University College, University of Waterloo

2017-2019 Visiting Scholar, Psychology, University of Michigan

EDUCATION

2016 Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Waterloo

2012 MASc. Developmental and Communication Science, University of Waterloo

2011 Honours B.A. Anthropology, University of Western Ontario

FUNDING

2018-2019 $24,842 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant (Lead PI, direct costs only)

2014-2016 $42 000 NSERC Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship

2014-2016 $20 000 President’s Graduate Scholarship

2014-2015 $15 000 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined)

2011-2014 $20 000 University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarships

2012-2013 $5 000 Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women

(Total = $126 842)

PUBLICATIONS

Published (Peer Reviewed)

Nancekivell, S.E., Gelman, S.A., & Friedman, O. (in press). Ownership matters: People possess a naive theory of ownership. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Nancekivell, S. E. & Friedman, O. (in press). I owe you an explanation: Children’s beliefs about when people are obligated to explain their actions. In T. Lombrozo, J. Knobe, & S. Nichols (Eds.), Oxford studies in experimental philosophy (Vol. 3). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (2018). Spoiled for choice: Identifying the building blocks of folk-economic beliefs. Commentary on Boyer and Peterson in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Weatherhead, D.W., & Nancekivell, S.E. (2018). Brungarians use it differently! Children’s understanding of artifact function as a cultural convention. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 18, 89-103.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (2017). She bought the unicorn from the pet store: Six-to-seven-year-olds are strongly inclined to generate natural explanations. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1079-1087.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (2017). “Because it’s hers”: When preschoolers use ownership in their explanations. Cognitive Science, 41, 827-843.

Nancekivell, S.E., Millar, J.C., Summers, P.C., & Friedman, O. (2016). Ownership rights. In J. Sytsma & J.W. Buckwalter (Eds.). A Companion to Experimental Philosophy. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman O. (2014). Mine, yours, no-one's: Children’s understanding of how ownership affects object use. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1845-1853.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (2014). Preschoolers selectively infer history when explaining outcomes: Evidence from explanations of ownership, liking, and use. Child Development, 85, 1236-1247.

Nancekivell, S.E., Van de Vondervoort, J.W., & Friedman, O. (2013). Young children’s understanding of ownership. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 243-247.

PRESENTATIONS

Talks and Symposia

Nancekivell, S.E. (October, 2018). More than meets the eye: Unseen past events affect children's reasoning about ownership. Talk presented at Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON.

Friedman, O. & Nancekivell, S.E. (October, 2015). The woman who bought the unicorn from a pet store: A reality bias in school-aged children’s explanations. Talk presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. Columbus, OH.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (March, 2015). Preschoolers use ownership to explain the acceptability of using artifacts. Talk presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.

Nancekivell, S.E., (Symposium Chair, March, 2015). Young children's inferences about artifacts and their origins. Symposium conducted at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.

Friedman, O., & Nancekivell, S.E. (June, 2014). Early representation of ownership rights. Talk presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Philosophy and Psychology. Vancouver, BC.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (May, 2014). Children's representation and understanding of ownership rights. Talk presented at Development 2014. Ottawa, ON.

Nancekivell, S.E., (Symposium Chair, May, 2014). Emerging topics in moral development. Symposium conducted at Development 2014. Ottawa, ON.

Posters

Nancekivell, S.E., Shah, P., & Gelman, S.A. (May, 2018) What does it mean to believe? Understanding the role of essentialism in the learning style myth. Poster presented at Development 2018. St. Catharine's, ON.

Weatherhead, D.W., Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (October, 2015). Children’s understanding of artifact as a cultural convention. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. Columbus, OH.

Nancekivell, S.E., Delleman, B., Fernandes, M., & Friedman, O. (May, 2015). An ownership advantaged in associative memory. Poster presented at the Rovereto Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects. Rovereto, Italy.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (April, 2015). I.O.U. an explanation: Interference with others’ freedom necessitates explanation. Poster presented at the Graduate Psychology Discovery Conference. Waterloo, ON.

Nancekivell, S.E., Pesowski, M., & Friedman, O. (March, 2015). Toddlers respect others’ ownership rights. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (June, 2014). I.O.U. an explanation: Interference with others’ freedom necessitates explanation. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Philosophy and Psychology. Vancouver, BC.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (April, 2014). Producing explanations impacts future judgments. Poster presented at the Graduate Psychology Discovery Conference. Waterloo, ON.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (October, 2013). Preschoolers selectively infer history in their explanations. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. Memphis, TN.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (April, 2013). Hug it, share it, throw it: What young children believe you can do with your property. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA.

Baer, C., Tam, C., Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (April 2013). Order and disorder in children’s ownership judgments. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (February, 2013). Producing explanations impacts future judgments. Poster presented at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Meeting of Minds. Niagara Falls, ON.

Pesowski, M., Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (February, 2013). Who likes it? Who owns it? Children’s differential stereotypes. Poster presented at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Meeting of Minds. Niagara Falls, ON.

Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (June, 2012). Preschoolers use the past to explain ownership. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Philosophy and Psychology. Boulder, CO.

Tam, C., Nancekivell, S.E., & Friedman, O. (February, 2012). Preschoolers reconstruct history while making ownership judgements. Poster presented at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Meeting of Minds. Niagara Falls, ON.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor

Winter 2019 Instructor, Social Research Methods, Renison University College

Fall 2018 Instructor, Lifespan Processes, Renison University College

Winter 2018 Instructor, Lifespan Processes, Renison University College

Fall 2016 Instructor, Developmental Psychology, University of Waterloo

Winter 2016 Instructor, Developmental Psychology Online, University of Waterloo

Winter 2015 Instructor (tutorial), Basic Data Analysis, University of Waterloo

Winter 2013 Instructor (tutorial), Basic Data Analysis, University of Waterloo

Guest Lecturer (University of Waterloo)

Fall 2015 Guest Lecturer: “Early Magical Thinking”

Winter 2014 Guest Lecturer: “Language Development”

Teaching Assistant (University of Waterloo)

Fall 2015 Lead TA, Developmental Psychology

Spring 2014 Lead TA, Developmental Psychology

Winter 2014 Lead TA, Developmental Psychology

Fall 2013 Language Development

Spring 2013 Developmental Psychology

Fall 2012 Research in Developmental Psychology

Spring 2012 Learning Disabilities

Winter 2012 Developmental Psychology

Fall 2011 Introduction to Psychology

SERVICE AND MENTORSHIP

2012-2018 Supervision of over 22 undergraduate research assistants, 2 graduate researchers

2018 Organizer, Postdoctoral Researcher Networking Event, Development 2018

2012-2015 Graduate Student Mentor, BigSib Program, University of Waterloo

2015 Invited Speaker, “Introduction to Research”, Center for Small Business, Kitchener, Ontario

2014 & 2015 Founder/Co-organizer, UW Graduate Psychology Discovery Conference, University of Waterloo

2013-2014 Vice President, Graduate Association for Students in Psychology, University of Waterloo

2013 Invited presenter, Researcher Session, Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo, Ontario

2013 Student Representative, Developmental Area Hiring Committee, University of Waterloo

2013 President, Interdisciplinary Journal Club, University of Waterloo

2012 Student Representative, Developmental Area Hiring Committee, University of Waterloo

AD-HOC REVIEWER

Journals

Child Development

Cognition

Developmental Psychology

Journal of Cognition and Development

Review of General Psychology

Social Development

Meetings

Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development

Annual Meeting for the Society of Philosophy and Psychology