Thinking Lab


Investigating the nature of conceptual representations using tools from cognitive, developmental, and educational psychology

Members of the Thinking Lab at Occidental College study the building blocks of human thought: concepts. Concepts are the mental structures that allow us to organize and interpret our perceptual experience. They are also the constituents of our beliefs, attitudes, and theories. The average adult possesses over 50,000 concepts, and we in the Thinking Lab are interested in determining how such structures are acquired, represented, and utilized.

Lab Faculty
Professor Andrew Shtulman

Andrew Shtulman

Professor, Psychology
(323) 259-2633

Andrew Shtulman is a cognitive developmental psychologist who studies conceptual development and conceptual change, particularly as they relate to science education.