Dr. Cordes is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Boston College. Research in her lab centers on the development of quantity concepts and social influences of math learning.

You can find more detailed information about Dr. Cordes on her personal page.

Lab Coordinator – Alyson Wong

Alyson graduated from Boston College with a BA in Psychology in 2020. She previously worked in our lab as an undergraduate research assistant and completed her senior thesis investigating how using different types of physical gestures to teach children proportions influences their understanding of proportions. Alyson is broadly interested in social development. Outside the lab, she enjoys playing the flute, traveling, and watching Netflix. 


Lab Coordinator – Katie Jacoby

Katie graduated from Boston College with a BA in Psychology and a concentration in Clinical Psychology. She previously worked in our lab as a research assistant and investigated backlash against STEM gender stereotype violations for her senior thesis. Katie is interested in social-emotional development and aspires to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. She enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling.  


Postdoc – Stacee Santos

Stacee is interested in how the limited access to sound and language influences cognitive development. Her research investigates different numerical concepts with deaf and hard of hearing children. These studies explore how children with hearing loss discriminate between different amounts, recognize shapes, understand quantities, space, and proportion. Stacee received her Ph.D. from Boston College in 2008 where her research focused on the cognitive benefits of physical activity and complex motor learning.

Graduate Student – Lindsey Hildebrand

Lindsey is broadly interested in attitudes and beliefs about STEM and gender as well as the development of spatial and numerical cognition. More specifically, Lindsey’s work investigates how children and adults think about math and spatial abilities, with a focus on the emergence, consequences, and mitigation of gender stereotypes about these academic domains. Additionally, Lindsey is interested in the relations between perceptions of ability (i.e. confidence) and actual ability and how others use these ability-related cues across an array of contexts.

Graduate Student – Carolina Alvarez

Carolina’s research interests involve how individuals of all age groups process numbers and the association between numerical processing and math performance. Additionally, she is interested in investigating the role language plays in numerical processing. Carolina earned a BA in Psychology and an MA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Graduate Student – Taylor Stone

Taylor is broadly interested in children’s social and numerical cognition. Her research investigates the development of different prosocial behaviors (i.e., sharing) alongside children’s understanding of simple numerical concepts. Additionally, she is interested in examining how children develop math skills in different social contexts. She graduated from Lafayette College with a BS in Psychology in 2022.