Stella Felix Lourenco

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: 471 Psychology Building

Phone: 404-727-7448

Fax: 404-727-0372


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Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Dr. Stella F. Lourenco received her undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) from the University of Toronto where she graduated with Highest Honours in 2000. She then attended The University of Chicago, completing her Ph.D. in 2006. She has been at Emory University in the Department of Psychology since January 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013. She is currently the director of the Cognition and Development program within the department. She is also Associate Editor of the journal Cognition and on the editorial board of the Journal of Cognition and Development. Dr. Lourenco has received numerous academic awards and honors including a Merck Scholar Award (2010). Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. 

Broadly speaking, Stella Lourenco’s research program examines the nature, origins, and development of spatial and numerical cognition. Dr. Lourenco studies how human adults and young children represent number and other magnitudes, their strategies in spatial navigation, the computational algorithms underlying shape recognition within navigation and object systems, as well as the spatial biases associated with evolutionary-based fears. Her lab uses behavioral techniques, including eye tracking, virtual reality, and psychophysical paradigms, to shed light on these topics, and, more recently fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to test models of magnitude representation. A current focus of her lab is using longitudinal designs to study how visuospatial processing may come to support the understanding of symbolic quantitative concepts and mathematical development more generally.


  • Psyc 310: Cognitive Development
  • Psyc 610: Developmental Theory and Methods
  • Psyc 730R: Culture and Cognition