Ms. Laura Stoughton
Laura graduated summa cum laude with honors from Northwestern University, where she studied cognitive neuroscience and psychology. She received Northwestern's James Alton James Award for having the best academic record in the social sciences and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. She spent three years as a research assistant in the Visual Thinking lab under the mentorship of Dr. Steve Franconeri. Her thesis project examined how people mentally represent the relationships depicted in graphs and how these representations can be influenced by linguistic and gestural guidance. As an undergraduate, Laura was a leader in residential life and a member of many musical groups, and she played squash. She also sat on several teaching award selection committees. Before coming to Taft, Laura completed graduate courses in secondary science education at her alma mater. She has taught at the Loomis Chaffee Summer Program as well as Taft's Summer School. At Taft, Laura is the Dankin Fellow; she teaches two sections of AP Psychology, lives in Centennial, and coaches volleyball and lacrosse.