Emily Foster-Hanson

I study how children and adults think about categories, like different animal species or groups of people. My research asks why people sometimes think about these categories in terms prescriptive beliefs about what they think they should be like. My research lies at the intersection of cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, linguistics, and philosophy.

I'm currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the 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.