Zhe Chen

 Zhe  Chen


  • Professor
  • Human Development & Family Studies

Research Interests: His research focuses on children's thinking and learning processes. Current research interests include three interrelated lines of inquiry: analogical problem solving; scientific reasoning; and microgenetic analyses of strategy acquisition.


Interests: Cognitive, Family, School
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood

Courses Taught

Early Child Development

Cognitive Development

Culture & Children's Thinking

Select Publications

Chen, Z., & Siegler, R. S. (in press). Young children's analogical problem solving: Gaining insights from video displays. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Chen, Z. (2012). The learning of science and the science of learning: The role of analogy. In S. Carver & J. Shrager (Eds.), The journey from child to scientist: Integrating cognitive development and the education sciences. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Tsubota, Y., & Chen, Z. (2012). How do young children's spatio-symbolic skills change over short time scales? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111, 1-21.

Klahr, D., & Chen, Z. (2011). Finding one's place in the transfer space. Child Development Perspectives, 5, 196-204.

Honomichl, R. D., & Chen, Z. (2011). Relations as rules: The role of attention in Dimensional Change Card Sort task. Developmental Psychology, 47, 50-60.

Chen, Z., & Klahr, D. (2008). Remote transfer of scientific reasoning and problem-solving strategies in children. In R. V. Kail (Ed.), Advances in child development and behavior: Vol. 36 (pp. 419 - 470). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Chen, Z. (2007). Learning to map: Strategy discovery and strategy change in young children. Developmental Psychology, 43, 386-403.

Chen, Z., Mo, L., & Honomichl, R. (2004). Having the Memory of an Elephant: Long-Term Retrieval and the Use of Analogues in Problem Solving. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133, 415-433.

Chen, Z., & Mo, L., (2004). Schema induction in problem solving: A multi-dimensional analysis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 30, 583-600.

Chen, Z., & Siegler, R. S. (2000). Across the great divide: Bridging the gap between understanding of toddlers' and older children's thinking. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 65 (2, Serial No. 261).

Chen, Z., & Klahr, D. (1999). All other things being equal: Children's acquisition of the Control of Variables Strategy. Child Development. 70, 1098-1120.

Chen, Z., Sanchez, R., & Campbell, T. (1997). From beyond to within their grasp: Analogical problem solving in 10- and 13-month-olds. Developmental Psychology, 33, 790-801.


Ph.D. University of massachusetts, Amherst.


M.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.