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Yun-Chen Chan

3rd Year Doctoral Student
B.S. Psychology, in Honors & Biology with Neurobiology option, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

Interests: Cognitive development, executive function, language development, early childhood

General Developmental Psychology Track


My area of interest centers around the development of mathematical thinking and learning. I currently have two lines of research. The first and primary area of study is on how context, language, and executive function influence and interact with children’s mathematical learning and development. I work with Dr. Mazzocco on projects that examine whether and how contextual features affect children’s attention to and interpretation of number. I am also involved in a network project aimed to design and test instructional activities that promote the development of children’s mathematical thinking and executive functions. My second area of study, with collaboration with Dr. von Baeyer, focuses on the relevance of cognitive developmental factors on young children’s ability to use numerical and faces scales when reporting pain intensity.

When I am not working, I enjoy watching movies, going to museums, and playing with my cats.

Selected Publications

  1. Chan, J. Y. & von Baeyer, C. L. (submitted). Cognitive developmental influences on the ability of 2-6-year-old children to self-report their pain intensity.

    Mazzocco, M. M., Chan, J. Y., & Sera, M. D. (submitted). Contextual sensitivity in young children’s magnitude judgments: When is bigger really mean more? In Henik, A. (Ed), Continuous issues in numerical cognition: How many or how much.

    Chan, J. Y. & Mazzocco, M. M. (2015, August). The effect of task features on tendency to attend to numbers: Is SFON Spontaneous? Paper presented at the Third Annual Midwest Meeting on Mathematical Thinking. Minneapolis, MN

    Mazzocco, M. M., Chan, J. Y. & Praus, T. L. (2015, March). Children’s judgments of numbers in context reveal emerging number concepts. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA

    Sidney, P., Chan, Y. & Alibali, M. W. (2013, April). Developing operation sense:  Children’s and adults’ arithmetic with countable and uncountable amounts. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA.