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Melissa Kibbe, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University College of Arts and Sciences
DepartmentPsychological and Brain Sciences
Address64 Cummington St.
Boston MA 02215
Phone(617) 358-1587
Other Positions
TitleDirector - Developing Minds Lab
InstitutionBoston University College of Arts and Sciences
DepartmentPsychological and Brain Sciences
DivisionChild Development Labs

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Melissa Kibbe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, and the director of the Developing Minds Lab. She received her doctorate from Rutgers University, working on object cognition in infants and adults. Prior to her appointment at Boston University she held a position as a postdoctoral researcher in Lab for Child Development at Johns Hopkins University.

Research Interests:
The world is rich with visual information, but our brains process and store only a small fraction of the information available. How do we decide which information we should keep track of, and how do we store and use this information efficiently? Dr. Kibbe's research focuses on how infants, children, and adults represent information about objects (e.g. perceptual features, animacy, group statistics, numerosity, verbal labels). She also looks at the kinds of computations we can do with these representations, and the ways in which we use these representations to guide behavior. Finally, she studies how cognitive systems (such as working memory, attention, social cognition, and decision-making) interact during complex tasks. Dr. Kibbe's research relies on both behavioral methods and computational modeling of cognitive processes.

 Publications
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  1. Kibbe MM, Feigenson L. A dissociation between small and large numbers in young children's ability to "solve for x" in non-symbolic math problems. Cognition. 2017 Jan 06; 160:82-90. PMID: 28068528.
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  2. Kibbe MM, Leslie AM. The ring that does not bind: Topological class in infants’ working memory for objects. Cognitive Development. 2016; 38:1-9.
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  3. Kibbe MM. Varieties of Visual Working Memory Representation in Infancy and Beyond. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 2015; 24(6).
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  4. Kibbe MM, Feigenson L. Infants use temporal regularities to chunk objects in memory. Cognition. 2016 Jan; 146:251-63. PMID: 26484498.
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  5. Kibbe MM. Visual working memory for multiple moving objects in occlusion. Journal of Vision. 2015; 15(12):545.
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  6. Kibbe M. Visual working memory for multiple moving objects in occlusion. J Vis. 2015; 15(12):545. PMID: 26326233.
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  7. Kibbe MM, Feigenson L. Developmental origins of recoding and decoding in memory. Cogn Psychol. 2014 Dec; 75:55-79. PMID: 25195153.
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  8. Kibbe MM, Feigenson L. Young children 'solve for x' using the Approximate Number System. Dev Sci. 2015 Jan; 18(1):38-49. PMID: 24589420.
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  9. Denisova K, Kibbe MM, Cholewiak SA, Kim SH. Intra- and intermanual curvature aftereffect can be obtained via tool-touch. IEEE Trans Haptics. 2014 Mar; 7(1):61-6. PMID: 24845746.
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  10. Kibbe MM, Leslie AM. What's the object of object working memory in infancy? Unraveling 'what' and 'how many'. Cogn Psychol. 2013 Jun; 66(4):380-404. PMID: 23770623.
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  11. Kibbe MM, Leslie AM. What do infants remember when they forget? Location and identity in 6-month-olds' memory for objects. Psychol Sci. 2011 Dec; 22(12):1500-5. PMID: 22095976.
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  12. Kibbe MM, Kim SH, Cholewiak S, Denisova K. Curvature aftereffect and visual-haptic interactions in simulated environments. Journal of Vision. 2011; 11(11):784.
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  13. Kibbe MM, Kowler E. Visual search for category sets: tradeoffs between exploration and memory. J Vis. 2011; 11(3). PMID: 21421747.
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