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Welcome to my research portfolio and website.

In case you didn’t catch it in the name of this website, I’m Aarti, and I’m a student and a researcher from Seattle, Washington. I’m also a recent graduate of the University of Washington (Go Huskies!), where I majored in Psychology and minored in Global Health, and I graduated with honor’s from the Psychology department and completed a developmental psychology research project and an honor’s thesis on my project.

You can read more about my honors project here. 

my research interests

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My current research interest is in how the social environment can influence infants’ and young children’s social and cognitive development. This is an interest that I’ve cultivated through my coursework in both Psychology and Global Health, and through my research in Dr. Sommerville’s Early Childhood Cognition Lab. As I continue forward in my education, I hope to find more specific interests within this broad field.

Other professional activities

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When I’m not in school or doing research in my lab, I’ve also worked as a tutor at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center at the UW. I worked as a tutor there for two years before transitioning to the role of Mentor, where I have the opportunity to collaborate with my peers so that we can strategize to improve our work. During these past three years, I’ve had the rewarding experience of working with students in a variety of different disciplines, and through the conversations that I’ve had with them, I’ve improved my own writing skills.

about this research portfolio

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If there is one thing that I’ve learned through my research, and through the process of learning how to do research, it’s that it’s often easier to see the product rather than the process.

What does this mean?

I think that at first glance, we often see people as the products of all the work and learning that they have done to get to the point of their lives where they are now, but we do not see the process of how they got there. And as learning scientists already know, this process is important: everyone has someone whose growth they are inspired by, and everyone has the capacity to inspire others through their own growth, so understanding how and why people grow is important.

As a developmental and learning scientist, I strive to reflect on and share my growth as often as I can. That is the main purpose of this blog and portfolio.

It would be great to inspire others, but more importantly, as someone who is curious about learning and subsequent growth, it is important for me to keep track of my own growth as well.

This website has several sections. If you’re curious about the research experiences I’ve had so far, feel free to view my CV, and contact me if you’d like a PDF copy.

If you’d like more information about my publications, you can also view those here.

You can click on the LinkedIn tab to connect with me on LinkedIn

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Lastly (this is the most exciting one!), feel free to check out my research blog. Here, I’ve published written reflections on my research experiences, as well as some of the writing I’ve done for courses I’ve taken that are relevant to my research interests. I always welcome constructive feedback, so feel free to let me know your thoughts by commenting on my posts or contacting me via this website or email

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