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

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. St John AM, Kibbe M, Tarullo AR. A systematic assessment of socioeconomic status and executive functioning in early childhood. J Exp Child Psychol. 2019 Feb; 178:352-368. PMID: 30292568.
  2. Bloem IM, Watanabe YL, Kibbe MM, Ling S. Visual Memories Bypass Normalization. Psychol Sci. 2018 May; 29(5):845-856. PMID: 29596038.
  3. 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.
  4. 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;.
  5. Kibbe MM, Leslie AM. The ring that does not bind: Topological class in infants’ working memory for objects. Cognitive Development. 2016; 38:1-9. View Publication
  6. Kibbe MM. Varieties of Visual Working Memory Representation in Infancy and Beyond. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 2015; 24(6). View Publication
  7. Kibbe MM, Feigenson L. Infants use temporal regularities to chunk objects in memory. Cognition. 2016 Jan; 146:251-63. PMID: 26484498; DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.09.022;.
  8. Kibbe MM. Visual working memory for multiple moving objects in occlusion. Journal of Vision. 2015; 15(12):545. View Publication
  9. Kibbe M. Visual working memory for multiple moving objects in occlusion. J Vis. 2015; 15(12):545. PMID: 26326233; DOI: 10.1167/15.12.545;.
  10. Kibbe MM, Feigenson L. Developmental origins of recoding and decoding in memory. Cogn Psychol. 2014 Dec; 75:55-79. PMID: 25195153; DOI: 10.1016/j.cogpsych.2014.08.001;.
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