About Me



I study infant social cognition and learning, through studies of behavior and brain activity.  I did my graduate work in the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies, and I’m currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Saxelab at MIT.

As of January 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor in the UCSD Department of Psychology and will be opening my own lab! The lab will study how infants and children come to understand other people as individual agents and as participants in social groups and interactions. We will also study how this social understanding affects the way infants and children act toward and learn from others. In addition to behavioral measures, the lab will use functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study the development of the infant brain, asking how social experience shapes and is shaped by neural function.

I am recruiting lab members at all levels (part-time & full-time RA, grad student, and postdoc), so please contact me at ljpowell@mit.edu if you’re interested in joining the team.