The CORE Lab collaborates with many awesome universities and labs.  Here are a few of the labs and universities that we collaborate with:


For the better part of the last decade, the CORE Lab has worked closely with the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) at San Francisco State University.  Through a Nation Science Foundation grant for working on discipline-based education research our two labs have been working closely on biology education.  Together with SEPAL Director Dr. Kimberly Tanner and SEPAL Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Kristin L. De Nesnera, we look at misconceptions in biology and their relationship with intuitive understanding of biology.  

The CORE Lab has enjoyed an evolving partnership with researchers in cognitive psychology at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland since Dr. Coley and Dr. Aidan Feeney met in 2004. Soon after, Dr. Feeney began a tenure as a Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University; with the CORE LAB, Drs. Feeney and Coley worked on projects and authored papers pertaining to differential social categorization and saliency of social categories in Northern Irish and American individuals, and category-based inductive reasoning. During the spring and summer of 2017, current Honors Research Fellow and former CORE Lab Research Coordinator Alix Alto held a Visiting Research Associate position in Dr. Feeney’s High-Level Cognition Lab, where she worked with Dr. Feeney and Dr. Jocelyn Dautel on projects in social cognitive development, prosociality and social categorization in Northern Irish children, episodic memory, and teleological reasoning as a model of explanatory preference using a dual-process model.

Since the summer of 2016, the CORE lab has been collaborating with the Social Psychology Center at China Central Normal University (CCNU) in Wuhan, China.  Our ongoing collaborative research projects investigate cultural dimensions of the representation, use, and developmental of social categories in China and the U.S.  As part of this ongoing collaboration, Dr. Fangfang Wen has been a visiting scholar in residence at the CORE Lab from November 2016-November 2017, and in May 2017, Dr. Coley and Dr. Bin Zuo (Director of the Social Psychology Center of CCNU) co-chaired a research symposium at the 29th Annual Convention of Association for Psychological Science in Boston.

The CORE lab collaborates with the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory and Director Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett to investigate how cognitive construals like essentialist thinking influence how we understand, experience, and regulate our emotions. 

Our collaboration with Dr. Lauren Swiney at the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre at the University of Warwick in the UK involves projects investigating relations between intuitive biological thinking and people's understanding of advances in synthetic biology. The goal of this work is to understand how intuitive cognitive construals such as essentialist and teleological thinking might impact, constrain, and influence people's understanding and acceptance of cutting edge bioengineering, and how we can use knowledge of these relations to help people make genuinely informed decisions about controversial new biotechnology.

In recent months, the CORE Lab has been working to begin collaborative research with the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University.  The CTSE's focus is to bridge the divide between biomedical scientists and high school educators, to bring the up-to-date science behind health and disease into the high school classroom.  Our work together will inform translation of science into practice using research around the intuitive understanding of biology.