Alison Cooke is a third year doctoral student at North Carolina State University in the Lifespan Developmental program. Her interests primarily lie in the development of emotion understanding (both emotion recognition and knowledge). She is specifically interested in what promotes, dampens, or in any way affects this development. Currently, she is working on a) how teachers’ racial biases affect how they interpret the emotions of their students, b) how the discrepancies in parent-teacher ratings of social skills predict children’s emotion recognition skills, and c) factors that predict an individual’s emotion recognition accuracy.