' Post-doctoral Fellows

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Rachel Severson

Rachel received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Washington (2010), where she worked with Dr. Peter Kahn in the Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab. During 2010-2011, she was a Fulbright Fellow at University of Oslo’s Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, an interdisciplinary group of philosophers, linguists, and psychologists working on issues in morality, linguistics, and rationality. In 2011, Rachel joined the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University as an Instructor. Her research is in the areas of social cognition, categorization, and moral development. She studies children’s understanding of natural forms (e.g., animals, humans, trees) and technologies that mimic natural forms (e.g., personified robots). One question she has been working on is whether children conceive of personified robots as social others, as objects, or as something in between (which was dubbed the New Ontological Category hypothesis).


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