Emily Foster-Hanson


I study categories and cognitive development, especially how kids and adults think about nature: How do people learn and reason about the natural world, like what different kinds of animals are like? What does it mean to think of certain social groups, like gender categories, as marking natural distinctions between different kinds of people? How does thinking that categories or causal processes are natural lead people to think of them normatively, as reflecting how things "ought" to be? My work lies at the intersection of developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, philosophy, and linguistics.

I'm currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cognitive Science of Values at Princeton University. I work with Dr. Tania Lombrozo in the Concepts and Cognition Lab.

I completed my PhD in Psychology at New York University, where I worked with Dr. Marjorie Rhodes in the

Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab. My doctoral research was funded by an NICHD F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health. I did my BA in Linguistics at Yale University.