Jesse is interested in the malleability of executive functions and reasoning and how these abilities change across childhood. He is currently working on a project investigating the development of metacognition in children. Jesse obtained a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Kansas in 2009, where he also learned about metaphor and language processing. After college, Jesse spent time traveling, teaching English, and editing. He comes to the CDC after working as a researcher at the Building Blocks of Cognition Lab at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, from 2016-2019. He enjoys dancing to music and listening to it too.