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Research Site Close-up:

New England, UNITED STATES  •  Hsinchu and surrounding areas, TAIWAN R.O.C.

Cultural-religious groups include Protestants, Catholics, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jewish people, Muslim people, and religiously unaffiliated people living in and around Boston, Massachusetts, United States; as well as people who engage in a range of Buddhist, Taoist, and Yiguandao beliefs and practices living in and around Hsinchu, Taiwan R.O.C.

PIs:  Kathleen Corriveau (Lead PI) • Eva Chen (Co-PI)


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Kathleen Corriveau
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Kathleen Corriveau (Lead PI) is a full professor of applied human development at Boston University and the director of the Social Learning Lab. Her research focuses on social and cognitive development in childhood, with a specific focus on how children decide what people and what information are trustworthy sources.   She has established field sites in multiple countries, including China, Hong Kong, Iran and Turkey. She has a strong commitment for focusing on within-culture individual differences based on family socioeconomic status and religiosity. Dr. Corriveau's research has been widely published in a number of high-impact journals, including Psychological Science, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Cognition. Her work on the role of religious exposure in children’s reality status judgments received national media attention, with media coverage from New York Daily News, USA Today, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Reader, The Week UK, Religion News Service, World Religion News, Philosophy News, Slate, Swedish Radio, The Economist, and CBC Radio. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (including a 7 PI Collaborative Research Grant), the Templeton Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Corriveau has received several awards, including being named a current Fellow and former Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, and the Early Career Impact Award from the Foundation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and holds a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation​. Maliki Ghossainy (Senior Research Scientist), Kirsten Lesage  (Postdoctoral Research Associate), & Kelly Cui (graduate research associate) are also part of this team.


Eva E. Chen (Co-PI) received an Ed.D. in Human Development and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as a B.A. with Honors and Distinction in Psychology from Stanford University. She served as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at The University of Hong Kong before moving to The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where she was an Associate Professor in the Division of Social Science. Dr. Chen is now an Associate Professor in the College of Education at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, TaiwanDr. Chen's research interests center around the social cognitive developmental processes of young children across different social backgrounds, and she has worked closely with kindergartens in the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

Eva Chen

Photographs of Taiwan, a research site for this sub-grant.

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