Christine Salva

Biography

Christine Salva received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Mathematics from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2018. Currently, she is pursuing a M.S. degree in Psychological Science.  She collaborates with Dr. Daniel Hyde in the Brain and Cognitive Development Lab. 

Research Interests

  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Neuropsychology 
  • Cognitive Neuroscience 
  • Development of mathematical abilities 
  • Social Psychology

Research Description

Christine’s research interests lie in the field of developmental neuropsychology. She aims to explore the effects that brain disease, disorder, and injury have on behavior, specifically regarding mathematical and social ability. Her interest is guided by questions pertaining to age effects on brain plasticity and processing ability. For example, how is the ability to process mathematics and social information affected when the brain sustains an injury? Is the age of injury related to the brain’s capacity to adapt to or recover from the injury? What neural mechanisms are involved in mathematical thinking and understanding social information, and how do they differ in children with impairments in these two areas?  

Christine is collaborating on two projects in the Brain and Cognitive Development Lab, one that investigates the development of symbolic number knowledge, and one that investigates the development of theory of mind in pre-school aged children.