Melissa Burch, assistant professor of cognitive development, received her B.A. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. She earned her Ph.D. in child development with a minor in interpersonal relationships from the University of Minnesota.
Melissa’s research interests center on memory development, particularly memory for personal experiences. She has been exploring how parental verbal support may contribute to children’s ability to recall the past.
In addition, she is interested in how emotion may affect reports of past experiences and how parents and children talk about these events.
She is currently examining autobiographical memory from a cross-cultural perspective to study how different socialization experiences may relate to the detail included in memory reports.
School of Cognitive Science
CS-0111: The Emergence of Literacy (Spring 2013)
JTW-0206: WORKSHOP: Making Sense of the Numbers: Statistics and Design in Psychology (January 2013)
CS-0238: Cognitive Development (Fall 2012)
CS-0356: Special Topics in Childhood, Youth and Learning: An Integr (Fall 2012)