Melissa Kibbe, PhD Hear my name
Associate Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Psychological and Brain Sciences

PhD, Rutgers University
MS, Rutgers University
BA, University of Massachusetts Boston
BS, University of Massachusetts Boston

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.

Director - Developing Minds Lab
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Psychological and Brain Sciences
Child Development Labs

Collaborative Research: A Multi-Lab Investigation of the Conceptual Foundations of Early Number Development
07/15/2022 - 06/30/2026 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Investigating Approximate Number System Computation in Children
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
National Science Foundation
BCS - 1844155

Development of Episodic Future Thinking: Limits, Flexibility, and Neural Correlates
09/01/2018 - 01/31/2021 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development


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  1. Wang JJ, Kibbe MM. "Catastrophic" set size limits on infants' capacity to represent objects: A systematic review and Bayesian meta-analysis. Dev Sci. 2024 Feb 29; e13488. PMID: 38421117
  2. Turan-Küçük EN, Kibbe MM. Three-year-olds' ability to plan for mutually exclusive future possibilities is limited primarily by their representations of possible plans, not possible events. Cognition. 2024 Mar; 244:105712. PMID: 38160650
  3. Cheng C, Kibbe MM. Development of precision of non-symbolic arithmetic operations in 4-6-year-old children. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1286195. PMID: 38034281; PMCID: PMC10684939; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1286195;
  4. Peretz-Lange R, Kibbe MM. "Shape bias" goes social: Children categorize people by weight rather than race. Dev Sci. 2024 Mar; 27(2):e13454. PMID: 37846779
  5. Kibbe MM. The language-of-thought as a working hypothesis for developmental cognitive science. Behav Brain Sci. 2023 Sep 28; 46:e280. PMID: 37766618
  6. Cheng C, Kibbe MM. Children's use of reasoning by exclusion to infer objects' identities in working memory. J Exp Child Psychol. 2024 Jan; 237:105765. PMID: 37690346
  7. Kibbe MM, Stahl AE. An object's categorizability impacts whether infants encode surface features into their object representations. Infancy. 2023; 28(5):958-972. PMID: 37394971
  8. Cheng C, Kibbe MM. Is Nonsymbolic Arithmetic Truly "Arithmetic"? Examining the Computational Capacity of the Approximate Number System in Young Children. Cogn Sci. 2023 Jun; 47(6):e13299. PMID: 37303302
  9. Kibbe MM, Stahl AE. Objects in a social world: Infants' object representational capacity limits are shaped by objects' social relevance. Adv Child Dev Behav. 2023; 65:69-97. PMID: 37481301
  10. Blankenship TL, Kibbe MM. "Plan chunking" expands 3-year-olds' ability to complete multiple-step plans. Child Dev. 2023; 94(5):1330-1339. PMID: 37092570
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