URAP

Emily Kleinfelder

Measuring Children's Reasoning Skills in an Everyday Setting

This summer I am working on developing an everyday reasoning measure suitable for middle school aged children. Higher order reasoning skills are becoming a crucial part of taking part in world full of scientific and technological advancements but there is currently not a measure designed to see how students take the reasoning skills they learn in the classroom and apply them to a non-academic setting. For my honors thesis in psychology, I am planning on running a study with children participating in a scientific reasoning curriculum to see if the everyday reasoning measure is a better indicator of academic achievement than abstract reasoning (which is reasoning devoid of a real-world context) and if there is any relation between the abstract reasoning and everyday reasoning scores.

Message to Sponsor

Thank you so much for supporting my research this summer. Working with the Bunge Lab has been the greatest experience of my undergraduate career and it has fueled my passion to go into psychology research after college and potentially pursue my Ph.D. While I was disappointed that the project I intended on working on at the beginning of the summer got delayed, I was very grateful to continue to work with the lab and continue to help on other projects that were being run by other Ph.D. students in the lab.
  • Major: Psychology
  • Mentor: Silvia Bunge, Psychology