Rachel Magid

Rachel Magid
Graduate Student

Associated Research Thrust: 

How do we know what we're good at, when to try something new, and how to maximize positive experiences while minimizing negative ones? I am interested in theories of the self, how children develop them, and how they are shaped by evidence. While children around the world share a common set of physical and cognitive abilities, children also grow into distinct individuals, shaped by local cultures and environments. A better understanding of how children come to understand themselves can help explain one of the great mysteries of human cognition—how we learn a great deal so efficiently and flexibly.



R. Magid, Imagination and the generation of new ideas, Cognitive Development, vol. 34, pp. 99–110, 2015.
P. Yan, Magid, R., and Schulz, L. E., Preschoolers expect others to learn rationally from evidence, in Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2014.