I'm a fourth year PhD student at Princeton University, working in Tania Lombrozo's Concepts and Cognition Lab. I also collaborate with Alison Gopnik and the the Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley. Before graduate school, I received my BA in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Northwestern University. 

 

I study how children and adults learn about the world by seeking and receiving explanations. My research is funded by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

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Email: eliquin@princeton.edu

Twitter: @emilyliquin

Research

Publications & Presentations

(Publications on this site are provided solely for personal use.)

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Liquin, E.G. & Lombrozo, T. (2018). Structure-function fit underlies the evaluation of teleological explanations. Cognitive Psychology, 107, 22-43. pdf

REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Liquin, E.G. & Lombrozo, T. (2019). Inquiry, theory-formation, and the phenomenology of explanation. In A.K. Goel, C.M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 664-670). Montreal, QB: Cognitive Science Society. pdf

 

Liquin, E.G. & Lombrozo, T. (2018). Determinants and consequences of the need for explanation. In T.T. Rogers, M. Rau, X. Zhu, & C.W. Kalish (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 696-701). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. pdf

 

Liquin, E.G., Metz, S.E., & Lombrozo, T. (2018). Explanation and its limits: Mystery and the need for explanation in science and religion. In T.T. Rogers, M. Rau, X. Zhu, & C.W. Kalish (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2065-2070).  Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. pdf

Liquin, E.G. & Lombrozo, T. (2017). Explain, explore, exploit: Effects of explanation on information search. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. J. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2598-2603). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.  pdf

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Liquin, E.G. & Lombrozo, T. (2019, July). Inquiry, theory-formation, and the phenomenology of explanation. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Montreal, QB.

 

Liquin, E.G. & Lombrozo, T. (2019, July). Causal structure and probability information modulate the preference for simple explanations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Montreal, QB.

Liquin, E.G. & Lombrozo, T. (2019, July). Causal structure modulates the preference for simple explanations. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, San Diego, CA.


Metz, S.E., Liquin, E.G., & Lombrozo, T. (2019, July). The varieties of belief: Epistemic differences between scientific and religious beliefs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Liquin, E.G. & Gopnik, A. (2019, March). Learning from approach-avoid decisions: Children explore and learn more than adults. Talk presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

 

Liquin, E.G. & Lombrozo, T. (2019, March). Determinants of explanation-seeking curiosity across development. Talk presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Liquin, E.G., & Lombrozo, T. (2018, July). Determinants and consequences of the need for explanation. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI.

Liquin, E.G., & Lombrozo, T. (2018, July). What demands an explanation? Expertise and utility drive explanation search. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Ann Arbor, MI.

Liquin, E.G., Metz, S.E., & Lombrozo, T. (2018, July). Explanation and its limits: Mystery and the need for explanation in science and religion. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI.

Liquin, E.G., & Gopnik, A. (2018, July). Learning from approach-avoid decisions in children and adults. Poster presented at “Understanding Exploration-Exploitation Tradeoffs”, pre-conference workshop at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI.

Liquin, E.G., & Gopnik, A. (2018, May). Exploration, exploitation, and learning across development. Talk presented at the Berkeley-Stanford-Santa Cruz Developmental Talk series, Santa Cruz, CA.

Liquin, E.G., & Gopnik, A. (2017, October). 4- to 8-year-olds balance exploration and exploitation. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Portland, OR.

Liquin, E.G., & Lombrozo, T. (2017, July). Explain, explore, exploit: Effects of explanation on information search. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London, England.

Liquin, E.G., & Lombrozo, T. (2017, June). Function over mechanism: Why teleological explanations are so compelling. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Baltimore, MD.

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