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Research Director

Dr. Erin Hahn

Erin Hahn Furman University

Erin grew up in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University (with a minor in Gender Studies), completing an honors thesis that examined the relationship between the words children say and the ones they understand.

Having been bitten by the research bug and loving it, Erin decided to pursue her graduate work in developmental psychology also at Carnegie Mellon. She completed her doctoral work on children's ability to learn labels and actions for objects. For example, one study has looked at whether children learn the label of the word "hammer" or someone pretending to use one by imitating the action of striking something with a closed fist. She has continued this line of research at Furman, along with other developmental paradigms.

Research Assistants

Paige Benedum

Paige Benedum Furman University

Paige is a senior psychology major, from Winston-Salem, NC. She is interested in children's development and hopes to pursue a career in counseling to work with children and adolescents. She is also fascinated with gender studies and how gender is formed in childhood. She is involved with Kappa Delta sorority. She also lived in the first on campus 'green' sustainable dorm room her sophomore year. She enjoys spending time with friends, shopping, traveling, and interior decorating!




Sam Hunley

Sam Hunley Furman University

Sam is a senior Psychology and Religion major from Greenwood, SC. He became involved with the Learning Lab after learning some of the funny mistakes children make and what these mistakes can tell us about human cognition as a whole. After Furman, he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in this field. Besides Psychology, he is also involved with the Methodist group on campus, plays guitar, and is interested in theology. He is a brother of Beta Theta Pi.






Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith Furman University

Hannah is a junior Psychology major from Marietta, Georgia. She is interested in developmental psychology and disorders of childhood, such as ADHD and learning disorders. She plans to attend a PhD program in psychology, although uncertain of the specific field. After that, she hopes to work with children in either a research or a clinical setting. Simply and eloquently put, she says she is an “accidental researcher who has discovered that her heart lies in the lab.”




Stephanie Grah

Stephanie Grah Furman University

Stephanie is a sophomore from Greenville, SC. She is a double major in Psychology and French. She became interested in the lab because she “loves seeing psychological principles in action,” and hopes one day to become a clinical psychologist. In her free time, when she is able to find it, she loves to enjoy a good book.









Alex Scott

Alex is a volunteer in the Learning Lab. He is a junior Psychology major from Rocky River, OH. He is helping in the lab because he is interested in learning more about the current child development projects as well as learning about general psychology methodology.

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