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Laraine McDonough

Associate Professor

Location: 4613 James Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x6027
Fax: 718.951.4814
Email:   Laraine McDonough's Web site

Laraine McDonough began her second career, a change from banking to academics, by starting college as a freshman at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., and completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. Her interest in cognitive psychology expanded from her initial interests in infantile amnesia and categorization to the acquisition of concepts about objects, causality, number, space and time and how language acquisition influences such concepts. She has investigated these topics developmentally by testing infants, young children (including those with autism), college students and aging adults. Her current interests include how we represent knowledge such that we can formulate metaphors to discuss complex ideas such as time. Since her hire at Brooklyn College in 1998, she has mentored and is continuing to mentor several graduate students. Working on research with students constitutes some of her happiest moments.

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