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  • Krista M. Casler

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    717-291-3828
    Office: LSP122
    Office Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Summary: Developmental Psychology

    Professional Biography

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College, 2011-present.

    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Frankin & Marshall College, 2005-2011.

    Research Assistant with Dr. Deborah Kelemen, Child Cognition Lab, 2000-2002.

    Field Experience working with institutionalized children, Sighisoara, Romania, Summer 1998.

    Education

    Ph.D., Psychology, Boston University, 2006.
    M.A., Psychology, Boston University, 2002.
    B.A. (summa cum laude), Psychology, English, Eastern Nazarene College, 1999.

    Research Interests

    I study the cognitive development of young children. Current research investigates the development of artifact concepts and children’s tool use, with a particular focus on the social information involved in artifact learning and use. 


    Grants & Awards

    Teaching Fellow Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, 2004.
    Clara Mayo Research Award, Department of Psychology, Boston University, 2003 & 2001.
    Undergraduate Fellows Award, New England Psychological Association, 1999.

    Publications

    Casler, K., Hoffman, K.,* & Eshleman, A.* (in press). Do adults make scale errors too? How function sometimes trumps size. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

    Casler, K. (2014). Toddlers’ use of mutual exclusivity when mapping information to objects. Infancy, 19, 162-178.

    Casler, K., Bickel, L.,* & Hackett, E.* (2013). Separate but equal? A comparison of participants and data gathered via Amazon’s MTurk, social media, and face-to-face behavioral testing. Computers in Human Behavior, 29, 2156-2160.

    Casler, K., Eshleman, A.*, Greene, K.*, & Terziyan, T.* (2011). Children’s scale errors with tools. Developmental Psychology, 47, 857-866.

    Casler, K., Terziyan, T.*, & Greene, K.* (2009). Toddlers view artifact function normatively. Cognitive Development, 24, 240-247.

    Casler, K. & Kelemen, D. (2008). Developmental continuity in teleo-functional explanation: Reasoning about nature among Romanian Romani adults. Journal of Cognition and Development, 9, 340-362.

    Casler, K. & Kelemen, D. (2007). Reasoning about artifacts at 24 months: The developing teleo-functional stance. Cognition, 103, 120-130.

    Casler, K. & Kelemen, D. (2005). Young children’s rapid learning about artifacts. Developmental Science, 8, 472-480.

    Kelemen, D., Callanan, M., Casler, K., & Pérez-Granados, D. R. (2005). Why things happen: Teleological explanation in parent-child conversations. Developmental Psychology, 41, 251-264.

    * = F&M student co-author

    Presentations

    Casler, K. (March 2013). Children’s scale errors. Invited colloquium talk, Department of Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University.

    Casler, K. (2011). Scale errors: The trouble with separating fact from function. Invited talk, Department of Psychology, Furman University.

    Casler, K., Eshleman, A.*, Greene, K.*, & Terziyan, T.* (March 2010). Taking function too far? Children’s scale errors with tools. Paper presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

    Casler, K., Terziyan, T.*, & Green, K.* (April 2009). Toddlers view artifact function normatively. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

    Blacher, K.*, Desilets, C.*, & Casler, K. (April 2009). Pancakes for dinner? Developmental differences in categorization of food items. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

    Goldberg, L.* & Casler, K. (October 2008). Oral reading fluency’s relationship to reading comprehension. Poster presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

    Casler, K. & Whiteman, K.,* (March 2008). 24-month-olds’ tool-function mappings: Mutual exclusivity for tools? Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Phillips, B., Kelemen, D., Seston, R., & Casler, K. (March 2008). Young children can categorize novel tools by eavesdropping on others’ intentional acts. Paper presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Casler, K. & Pender, A.* (March 2007). One tool, one function: Mutual exclusivity for tools? Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

    Phillips, B., Kelemen, D., Casler, K., Seston, R. (October 2007). The influence of personal exploration on young children’s artifact categorization. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Santa Fe, NM.

    Kelemen, D., Rosset, E., & Casler, K. (May 2007). Adults’ teleo-functional ascriptions of purpose to nature. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Kelemen, D., Casler, K., & Phillips, B. (March 2007). Development of flexibility in categorization and reasoning within and across domains. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

    * = F&M student co-author

    Course Information

    I teach Introductory Psychology and lab, Developmental Psychology, Collaborative Research in Developmental Psychology, and a foundations course called the Invention of Childhood.