Melissa Burch, associate 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.
Professor Burch will be on sabbatical leave in fall 2013.
School of Cognitive Science
Recent and Upcoming Courses
CS-0267: Research Experience in Psychology: Understanding Autobiographical Memory (Spring 2014)
CS-0205: Social Development (Spring 2014)
CS-0111: The Emergence of Literacy (Spring 2013)
JTW-0206: WORKSHOP: Making Sense of the Numbers: Statistics and Design in Psychology (January 2013)