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Our research studies investigate the way that young children learn to interact successfully with others. In particular, we are interested in looking whether children are sensitive to social information and are able to use this information in their communicative behaviour (e.g., interpreting statements from others, avoiding ambiguous language, collaborating on a task, etc.). We look at the role that language, theory of mind, and cognitive abilities play in helping children to be socially competent. In addition, we examine individual and situational characteristics that disrupt a child’s ability to behave in a socially appropriate manner. 

Our lab has 5 major areas of study:

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Current studies

We are currently running studies for children aged, 3.5 - 4.5 years and 8 - 10 years. View our current studies page for more information.