Research/Areas of Interest:

Conceptual Development, Causal Reasoning, Language & Thought


  • PhD, Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 2009
  • MA, Psychology, Harvard University, United States, 2006
  • BA, Psychology, Georgetown University, United States, 2004


Dr. Muentener is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cognitive Development Laboratory at Tufts University. He earned his PhD in Psychology from Harvard University in 2009, and his BA from Georgetown University in 2004. Following his PhD, Dr. Muentener served as a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T.'s Brain and Cognitive Science Department and was a Simons Fellow at the Simons Center for the Social Brain.

Dr. Muentener is broadly interested in the foundations of cognitive development, how language and cognition interact across development, and early individual differences in cognitive development. His current research investigates infants and toddler's causal reasoning abilities and exploratory play, children and adult's causal language and event representations, and adults' beliefs about cognitive development. The lab uses a variety of measures, including looking time, actions, and language, and also explores individual differences and atypical cognitive development.

To learn more about Professor Muentener's research, please visit the Cognitive Development Lab website. Learn about research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in working in the Cognitive Development Laboratory should contact Professor Muentener.