Psychology Graduate Students

Talia Waltzer

Research Interests

Research interests include learning; explanations; belief formation; moral cognition

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2016. Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • 2016. Psychology Department Research Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • 2015-2016. Chancellor's Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • 2015. Evangeline M. Galas Fellowship, Douglass Residential College.
  • 2015. Dunbar Fund for Excellence Award, Aresty Research Center and Douglass Residential College.
  • 2013. School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Summer Research Grant, Rutgers University.
  • 2013. Douglass College Rodkin Scholarship, Douglass Residential College.
  • 2013. Academic Excellence Award, Rutgers University.
  • 2011-2015. The Ethel and Abe Herman Scholarship, Douglass Residential College.

Selected Publications

  • Kloos, H., Baker, H., & Waltzer, T. (under review). A mind with a mind of its own: How complexity theory can inform early science pedagogy. The Journal of the Learning Sciences.
  • Dahl, A. & Waltzer, T. (in press). Moral disengagement as a psychological construct. American Journal of Psychology.
  • Castillo, R. D., Waltzer, T., & Kloos, H. (2017). Hands-on experience can lead to systematic mistakes: A study on adults' understanding of sinking objects. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 2, 28.
  • Dahl, A., Waltzer, T., & Gross, R. (2017). Helping, hitting, and developing: Toward a constructivist-interactionist account of early morality. In C. C. Helwig (Ed.), Current Issues in Moral Development. Taylor & Francis.
  • Castillo, R. D., Kloos, H., Richardson, M. J., & Waltzer, T. (2015). Beliefs as self-sustaining networks: Drawing parallels between networks of ecosystems and adults' predictions. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1723. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01723

Selected Presentations

  • Waltzer, T., Li, N., & Dahl, A. (2017). Why do students cheat? Exploring reasoning behind past experiences with academic dishonesty. Annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • Waltzer, T., Baxley, C., & Dahl, A. (2017). "That kid deserves a time-out": How adults interpret and respond to children's transgressions. Annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • Waltzer, T., Hari, K., Gonzalez, G., Berman, E., & Dahl, A. (2017) When and why is it wrong to copy from others? Variability in students' evaluations of plagiarism. Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Waltzer, T., Castillo, R. D., & Kloos, H. (2015). Embodied experience creates meaning - Even if the meaning is wrong. The Chile-California Conference, Davis, CA.
  • Waltzer, T., Dahl, A., & Fausey, C. (2015). Bad babies? Interpreting and intervening on the transgressions of young children. The Cognitive Development Society biennial meeting, Columbus, OH.
  • Mayhew, E. M., Waltzer, T., & Hudson, J. A. (2015). Temporal language during time instruction and the rest of the preschool day. The Cognitive Development Society biennial meeting, Columbus, OH.
  • Waltzer, T., Levine, S., & Leslie, A. (2015). Is there a better alternative? The role of alternatives in preschoolers’ judgments of moral permissibility. Rutgers Day, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Waltzer, T., Castillo, R. D., Pottkotter, E., & Kloos, H. (2015). Changing children's physics misconceptions: Does a bottom-up approach work? The Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Waltzer, T. (2013). Bisexuality defined: The contextual existence of bisexuality. The Trans Studies: Beyond Hetero/Homo Conference by the Institute for Women's Leadership, New Brunswick, NJ.

Teaching Interests

  • Ethics; development; cognitive science; philosophy; psychology
  • Also, getting students involved in research. If you have done a research project and would like to present it at UCSC, check out our symposium: SURU. If you have questions about research, please contact me.