Adena Schachner

Post Doctoral Associate

I’m interested in cognitive development and cognitive evolution, particularly questions at the intersection of social cognition and music cognition. How do we come to infer others’ mental states (like beliefs, desires and goals) from observable information, like other’s actions and possessions? Do we use social cognitive representations (like actions, intentions, and goals) to perceive and understand dance movements and musical sounds? In the CARE lab, I will be exploring developmental differences in the types of social information children with autism use to learn about other people. I completed my graduate work in psychology at Harvard University in 2012. You can find more information about my research at my website,