GENERAL INTERESTS:

  • Cultural evolution
  • Gene-culture co-evolution
  • Cumulative culture
  • Material culture
  • Individual and social learning
  • collaboration
  • innovation
  • social learning biases
  • comparative cognition
  • evolutionary models
  • social-conventional culture

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • Cumulative culture in children

    • Which social learning mechanisms underlie children's acquisition of cumulative culture?

    • Are groups of children able to produce cumulative culture (the "ratchet effect")?

  • Associative tool use (use of two or more tools)

    • Are young children able to use two tools in combination to solve problems without receiving help? Do different ways of combining tools differ in difficulty?

  • Spontaneous cross-species copying in young children (with Elisa Bandini & Claudio Tennie)

  • Children's social vs individual learning (with Alison Gwilliams, Lewis Dean, Rachel Kendal & Claudio Tennie)

  • A cross-cultural perspective on children's spontaneous tool use abilities (with Karri Neldner, Claudio Tennie, & Mark Nielsen)

  • Novelty seeking, divergent thinking, and independent problem solving in young children (with Elena Hoicka, Stephanie Powell & Claudio Tennie)

 

Past Research projects

  • Children’s spontaneous tool use - how do children come up with novel tool behaviours on their own? What kind of tool behaviours can young children invent on their own?
  • Young children's understanding of false beliefs about object identity in a helping study (Master project)