Rista Plate, Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology
B.A., 2010, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Psychology)
As individuals act and interact in social environments, they must sort through complex evidence to make everyday decisions. Such choices might include whom to trust; how to make and maintain friendships; how to interact with a teacher versus a peer; when to mask versus express their feelings; or how to determine if a current behavior is likely to result in reward or punishment. I seek to understand how children make sense of social information, with a particular focus on how statistical learning unfolds in dynamic socio-emotional contexts. In doing so, I draw across areas of psychology, using cognitive methods to explore questions about social development.