Michelle Hurst

Michelle Hurst

Assistant Professor

Rutgers University

My work is motivated by the observation that human cognition doesn’t happen in a vacuum: it often differs between people, over time, and across contexts. I am particularly interested in systematic variation across contexts: cases where contextual features impact cognitive processing by eliciting different cognitive processes, even within the same individual. To investigate these questions, I use behavioral experiments, mathematical models, and a developmental perspective with infants, children, and adults. This approach allows for developing and quantitatively testing more complete cognitive theories that can speak to causal mechanisms, while also providing key insights that can be leveraged to improve children and adults’ learning and behavior.

  • Research in developmental cognitive science
  • How the way we think and learn changes over time
  • Camping and hiking
  • Math
  • Postdoc, 2017- 2023

    University of Chicago

  • PhD in Psychology, 2012- 2017

    Boston College

  • B.Sc in Mathematics, 2008- 2012

    McMaster University