Growing up, Caroline Mahoney thought she would become a veterinarian. A few psychology courses at Denison University, though, changed that. A cognitive psychology course led to another in nutrition and cognitive development, and soon Mahoney was working in a research lab studying the psychology of language. Under the leadership of a great mentor, she became interested in research, and went on to earn her Ph.D. degree from Tufts University, where she worked under Prof. Holly Taylor in the Spatial Cognition Lab in the School of Arts and Sciences. Her training was in experimental psychology with a specialization in cognition, and her work focused on the impacts of nutrition on cognitive performance in both children and adults.
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