Welcome to my website!

I’m Aarti, and I’m a developmental science student.

I grew up in the Seattle area and completed my B.S. Psychology at the University of Washington (June 2019). I’m currently completing my M.S. Psychology at Villanova University (Expected September 2021).

My research examines children’s cognitive development in everyday, informal learning contexts.

During my undergraduate career, I examined how infants develop an understanding of what it means to be prosocial, and how this understanding may be influenced by having sibling.

Because of this research, I became curious about how children learn through everyday experiences (like having a sibling). I realized that children’s natural curiosity makes them like little scientists, and so I decided to learn about how children develop the ability to think scientifically.

To learn more about this, I decided to pursue the M.S. program at Villanova University and became a graduate research assistant in Dr. Deena Weisberg’s Scientific Thinking and Representation (STAR) Lab. Here, my research has primarily focused on children’s learning from educational media, and especially television.

To gain expertise on how children learn in informal settings and mediums, I decided to pursue a PhD in Developmental Science. Starting September 2021, I will be a PhD student at Boston University, studying how children learn scientific skills informally.

Outside of school and research, I like doing lots of things- spending time with my friends and family, writing (blogging), visiting cool places, sending snail mail and frequenting restaurants are among my favorite things to do 🙂

Anyways, thanks for visiting my site and feel free to reach out if you have questions or just to say hello.