rfeiman@ucsd.edu

Employment

University of California, San Diego, 2016-present
Postdoctoral Fellow; Advisor: David Barner

Harvard University, Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, 2015-2016
Postdoctoral Fellow; Advisors: Jesse Snedeker & Gennaro Chierchia

Education
Harvard University, Ph.D. 2015
     Psychology; Advisors: Susan Carey & Jesse Snedeker
University of Waterloo, M.A.Sc. 2009
     Psychology, Communication Development Science; Advisor: Mathieu LeCorre
University of Toronto, Honours B.Sc. summa cum laude; 2008
     Majors: Psychology Research, Cognitive Science; Minor: Philosophy

Grants
2016-present: McDonnell Foundation Collaborative Activity Award
     Title: The Nature and Origins of the Human Capacity for Abstract Combinatorial Thought
     (postdoctoral researcher, contributing role in preparing international network grant)
2015-2016: Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative Faculty Award
     Title: The structure of logical representations in language and thought
     ($50000; postdoctoral researcher, central role in preparing grant)
     PIs: Jesse Snedeker and Gennaro Chierchia
2010-2011: Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Project on Institutional Corruption research grant
     Title: Why peers reject whistleblowers: A social cognitive examination
     ($28000; co-PI with Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington)

Awards

  • Norman Anderson Fund Research Award, Harvard University, 2014
  • Society for Research in Child Development, Travel Award, 2013
  • Barbara Ditmars Restricted Funds Research Award, Harvard University, 2011
  • Non-resident Fellowship, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, 2010-2011
  • Presidential Scholar, Harvard University, 2009-2014
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship, 2009-2012
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2007

Publications

  • Reuter, T., Feiman, R., Snedeker, J. (under review). Getting to no: Pragmatic and semantic factors in two- and three-year- olds’ understanding of negation
  • Mody, S., Feiman, R., Carey, S. (under review). Domain-general negation in infants' reasoning.
  • Feiman, R., Mody, S., Sanborn, S., Carey, S. (under review). What do you mean, no? Toddlers’ comprehension of logical "no" and "not".
  • Feiman, R., Snedeker, J. (2016). The logic in language: How all quantifiers are alike, but each quantifier is different. Cognitive Psychology, 87: 29-52.
  • Feiman, R., Carey, S., & Cushman, F. (2015). Infants' representations of others' goals: Representing approach over avoidance. Cognition, 136: 204-214.
  • Susskind, J.M., Lee, D., Cusi, A., Feiman, R., Grabski, W., & Anderson, A.K. (2008). Facing danger: Expressing fear enhances perception and action. Nature Neuroscience, 11: 843- 850.

Refereed Conference Talks

  • Feiman, R., Mody, S., & Carey, S. (2016). The developmental origins of truth-functional negation. Origins of Logical Reasoning Workshop. York University. Toronto, Canada.
  • Reuter, T., Feiman R., & Snedeker, J. (2014). Young children’s comprehension of negation. Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA.
  • Feiman, R., Mody, S., Carey S., & Snedeker, J. (2014). The acquisition of verbal negation: early comprehension and the emergence of a combinatorial language of thought. Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA.
  • Mody, S., Feiman, R., & Carey, S. (2014). The disjunctive syllogism: A case study in logical reasoning in infants and preschoolers. International Conference on Infant Studies. Berlin, Germany.
  • Feiman, R., Mody, S., & Carey, S. (2014).Children’s understanding of logical “Not” in a disjunctive syllogism task. Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development. Budapest, Hungary.
  • Sheehy-Skeffington, J., Goodale, B., & Feiman, R. (2013). Why peers reject whistleblowers: The search for a common mechanism. Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association. Boston, MA.
  • Feiman, R., Snedeker, J. (2013). Priming logical form representations in 4-7 year olds. Symposium Talk at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA.
  • Feiman, R., Cushman, F., Carey S. (2013). 14-month-olds use others' emotional expressions to predict their behavior, as long as it's not avoidance behavior. Individual Talk at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA.
  • Cushman, F., Greene, J., Carey S., Young, L., Murray, D., Feiman, R., Gordon-McKeon, S., & Wharton, S. (2012). Exploring moral intuitions: A case study of the action/omission distinction. Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Montreal, Canada.

Refereed Conference Posters

  • Feiman, R., Snedeker, J. (2016). Priming of quantifier scope resolution reveals differences between each and every one, but similarities across all. CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. Gainesville, FL.
  • Feiman, R., Snedeker, J. (2015). Online processing of verbal negation in 2-year-olds. Ninth Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. Columbus, OH.
  • Feiman, R., Mody, S., Sanborn, S., Carey, S., & Snedeker, J. (2015). Comprehension of verbal negation in 2-year-olds. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Feiman, R., Moher, M. & Carey, S. (2015). Infants abilities to update quantity representations across locations. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Mody, S., Feiman, R., & Carey, S. (2015). The emergence of domain-general reasoning by exclusion. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Feiman, R., Mody, S., & Carey, S. (2014). The development of propositional thought: Logical schemas and operators as case study. 40th annual meeting of Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Brookhyser, T., Feiman, R., & Snedeker, J. (2014). Young children’s comprehension of negation. 27th annual CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. Columbus, Ohio.
  • Mody, S., Feiman, R., & Carey, S. (2013). Seventeen-month-olds reason by exclusion when searching. Eighth Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. Memphis, TN.
  • Feiman, R., Aiello, C., Snedeker, J. (2012). Picture priming of logical form generalizes across nouns, but not across verbs. 25th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. New York, New York.
  • Feiman, R., Cushman, F., Carey, S. (2011): Infants fail to represent a negative goal, but not a negative event. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Montreal, Canada.

External Invited Talks

  • Ecole Normale Superior, Linguae Group, December 5, 2015
  • Ecole Normale Superior, Experimental Philosophy Group, Dec 3, 2015
  • MIT, Computational Cognitive Science Lab, Nov 4, 2015
  • Boston University, Child Cognition Lab, November 20, 2014
  • Stanford University, September 25, 2014
    UC Berkeley, Language and Development Lab, September 23, 2014
  • MIT, Linguistics Lunch, September 9, 2014
  • MIT, Logical Form Reading Group, April 28, 2014
  • Harvard Medical School, Project in Psychiatry and The Law, May 18, 2011

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, Harvard University (Sophomore Tutorial in Psychology; Fall, 2011)
  • Head Teaching Fellow, Harvard University Psychological Science (Introductory level psychology course; Fall, 2013)
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard University Psychological Science (Introductory level psychology course; Fall, 2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Waterloo Courses: Introduction to Developmental Psychology (Winter, 2009)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (Spring, 2009)
  • Guest lecture: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (lecture on language; Spring, 2009)

Mentoring and Advising

Mentoring
     Psychology Concentration Advisor (Cabot House, Harvard University; 2011-2015)
          Primary academic advisor for 20-30 undergraduate concentrators in psychology per year
     Resident Tutor (Cabot House, Harvard University; 2011-Present)
          Primary academic advisor to 8 sophomores per year;
          Academic and residential advisor to the residents of Cabot House, 1/12th of Harvard’s undergraduate student body

Undergraduate Honours Thesis Advising
    Cara Aiello, Harvard ’12; Quantifier Scope Ambiguities

Advising and Supervision of Undergraduate Research Assistants
Jennifer Kim, Kelly Bell, Elena Serio, Margeaux Oliva, Jacob Rolf, Laura Sweet, Laura Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Horton, Elena Serio, Krisztina Chogo, Lauren Goh, Lara Bryfonski, Lara Rogers, Kaitlin McManus, Holloway Cushman, Nina Hrebenko, Evelyn Wang, Amber Leung, Brendon Villalobos, Meltem Yucel, Monika Glowacki, Sarah Schachman, Sam Zimmerman, Xiaoheng Xiu; Sarah Grill; Amelie Meltzer, Karina Tachihara, Jamie Ye, Soomin Chung, Zeyn San, Ange Clayton, Abel Corver, Christine Marsico, Margaret Kandel