I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate of the National Research Council, working in the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Intelligent Systems Section.  I recently received my PhD in experimental social psychology from Brown University.  I also hold an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in psychology and cognitive science from Williams College. 

My research spans social and general higher-level cognition, exploring how people explain and understand the world's puzzles.   Sometimes, people behave in a confusing manner -- a friend suddenly stops returning our calls -- or we encounter a puzzling phenomenon: an entire population of cats with six toes on each paw.   My work explores how such puzzles provide both an impetus for, and a challenge to, people’s attempts to make sense of the world around them.