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Emily Fyfe

Assistant Professor Psychological and Brain Sciences
Office: Psychology Building, PY 351

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  • 2015 – Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences, Vanderbilt University
  • 2010 – B.A. in Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Professional Experience

Research Interests

Developmental Science, Cognitive Science, Mathematics Education

Children’s knowledge is continuously changing as they observe and interact with people and the world. To that end, my research focuses on the construction and organization of knowledge, with an emphasis on how children think, learn, and solve problems in mathematics. Children exhibit surprisingly intricate knowledge of key math ideas and can generate informal strategies to solve complex problems. Nevertheless, proficiency with mathematics in formal settings is often difficult to achieve. My research is motivated by a question facing cognitive scientists, developmental psychologists, and education practitioners alike: How can we support children’s learning so that it leads to the construction of robust and meaningful knowledge? Thus, my research is in cognitive development with a focus on the development of mathematics knowledge and problem solving. My primary goal is to understand how children think and learn about math, both independently and with instructional guidance. My research not only helps identify basic cognitive processes that support the construction of knowledge, but also examines how to use that information to design effective instructional techniques.