Tamar Kushnir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development, and the director of the Early Childhood Cognition Laboratory. She received her M.A. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Kushnir's research examines mechanisms of learning in young children, with a focus on social learning. Her previous work has addressed 1)how children use statistical evidence to learn new causal relations, 2)how new evidence interacts with children's prior causal beliefs, and 3)how causal learning is influenced by children's developing social knowledge and also by their own experience of action. She continues to explore the role that children's developing knowledge - in particular their social knowledge - plays in learning, a question with implications for the study of cognitive development as well as for early childhood education.
For a current list of publications:
Co-Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Cognitive Science Field
Associate Editor, Child Development
Guest Associate Editor, Cognitive Developmen t
Board member, Cognitive Development Society
Board member, Society for Philosophy and Psychology
University (Extra-Departmental) Affiliations
Graduate Field, Psychology
Graduate Field, Cognitive Science
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Institute of Social Sciences
Sigma Xi, Cornell University Chapter
HD1150 – Infancy and Childhood
HD2300 - Cognitive Development
HD4340 - Current Topics in Cognitive Development
HD4490 - Children’s Learning in Social Context.
HD4300 - Concepts and Theories in Childhood
HD/COGST6310 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development
HD6380 - Evolutionary Perspectives on Developmental Social Cognition
HD/COGST/PSYCH4470/6470 - Psychology of Imagination
Co-Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Cognitive Science @ Cornell