Sara E Schroer (she/her)

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Perceptual Systems

The University of Texas at Austin

Sara, a young woman with long brown hair, smiles at the camera. She is wearing a blue and white striped shirt. There is a blurred tree in the background.

I am a cognitive scientist interested in how infants and young children learn about and explore their world.

My research focuses on embodiment - the ways children's bodies and actions shape their perceptual experiences, influence the behavior of social partners, and change the input available for learning. I study natural behavior using wearable eye trackers that record where participants look as they move around their environment and perform every-day tasks. With eye trackers, I study learning from the child's perspective and directly quantify the information they have access to. Children's worlds are rich with people, places, and things and I believe that all of that richness needs to be considered in our research. 

Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Mary Hayhoe at UT Austin's Center for Perceptual Systems and am funded by the center's NIH Training Program in Perception. I completed my PhD in Psychology at UT Austin and my MA in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. In graduate school I worked with Chen Yu and was funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the NIH Training Program in Integrative Developmental Process. As an undergraduate, I worked with Michael Goldstein for my Honors Thesis in Psychology at Cornell University. (see full CV)