Associate Professor of Psychology
Cognition & Perception , Developmental, Social


My research examines conceptual development and the development of social cognition. In conceptual development, my work focuses on categorization: How do children categorize different kinds of objects? Does category structure vary by domain? How do children use categories to guide their inferences and behavior? How does information about within-category variability influence individuals’ concepts?

In the development of social cognition, my work examines how children categorize people, as well as the implications of social categories for children’s behavior, social inferences, and moral cognition. A primary line of research examines the implications of within-group cooperation and between-group competition for social cognition: Are young children sensitive to the conditions that foster between-group competition? Do they view cooperative relationships as particularly important kinds of social bonds? Are children’s moral judgments sensitive to cooperative and competitive dimensions of social dynamics? Other lines of work examine how cultural context influences social categorization and the acquisition of categories based on gender, race, and ethnicity.

Please visit the Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Laboratory (CDSC) for more information. 


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2009 (Developmental Psychology)
B.S., University of Michigan, 2003 (Biopsychology and Cognitive Science)


Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University, 2009-

Selected Publications

Please see my lab webpage for a full list of publications.


Marjorie Rhodes
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
New York University
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