Melissa Kibbe, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of Psychological and Brain Sciences

PhD, Rutgers University
MS, Rutgers University

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

Investigating Approximate Number System Computation in Children
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
National Science Foundation
BCS - 1844155


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  1. Applin JB, Kibbe MM. Young children monitor the fidelity of visual working memory. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2020 Nov 05. PMID: 33151715
  2. Blankenship TL, Strong RW, Kibbe MM. Development of multiple object tracking via multifocal attention. Dev Psychol. 2020 Sep; 56(9):1684-1695. PMID: 32614210
  3. Gruen RL, Esfand SM, Kibbe MM. Altruistic self-regulation in young children. J Exp Child Psychol. 2020 01; 189:104700. PMID: 31623851
  4. Blankenship TL, Kibbe MM. Examining the limits of Memory-Guided Planning in 3- and 4-year olds. Cogn Dev. 2019 Oct-Dec; 52. PMID: 32863569
  5. Kibbe MM, Leslie AM. Conceptually Rich, Perceptually Sparse: Object Representations in 6-Month-Old Infants' Working Memory. Psychol Sci. 2019 03; 30(3):362-375. PMID: 30668927
  6. Applin JB, Kibbe MM. Six-Month-Old Infants Predict Agents' Goal-Directed Actions on Occluded Objects. Infancy. 2019 May; 24(3):392-410. PMID: 32677190
  7. St John AM, Kibbe M, Tarullo AR. A systematic assessment of socioeconomic status and executive functioning in early childhood. J Exp Child Psychol. 2019 02; 178:352-368. PMID: 30292568
  8. Bloem IM, Watanabe YL, Kibbe MM, Ling S. Visual Memories Bypass Normalization. Psychol Sci. 2018 05; 29(5):845-856. PMID: 29596038
  9. Kibbe MM, Kaldy Z, Blaser E. Rules infants look by: Testing the assumption of transitivity in visual salience. Infancy. 2018 Mar-Apr; 23(2):156-172. PMID: 29662430
  10. 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 Mar; 160:82-90. PMID: 28068528; DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2016.12.006;
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