Professor Markson studies conceptual development and social cognitive development in infancy and early childhood. Her research focuses on how children learn words and concepts, including the role of intentional understanding in this process.
Markson studies social cognitive development. Research in her lab investigates children’s thinking about race with the goal of attaining more equitable societal outcomes for all children. Current research projects in her lab investigate the effects of exposure to diversity on children’s racial attitudes and preferences, children and adults’ perceptions of multiracial individuals, the effects of integrated and segregated environments on children’s learning and trust, particularly in school contexts, and the role of representation in the development of stereotypes. Additional lines of research focus on the development of optimism and the impact of early life experiences on this process, emergence of a sensitivity to social exclusion, children’s reasoning about individuals who speak a different language or have different cultural conventions.