I am a post-doctoral researcher working with Dr. Deb Kelemen in the Department of Psychology at Boston University. I completed my graduate work at Harvard University, working with Dr. Susan Carey and Dr. Elizabeth Spelke.

I'm interested in cognitive development and cognitive evolution, particularly questions at the intersection of social cognition and music cognition:

  • Social inference and explanation: How do we come to infer others' mental states from observable data, like other's actions and possessions? Do we use social cognitive representations (like those of intentional actions and goals) to perceive and understand dance movements and musical sounds?
  • Origins of entrainment to music: Why do humans move in time with auditory stimuli like music? How did this capacity evolve? Does synchronized movement have social consequences?
aschach@bu.edu
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