GENERAL INTERESTS:

  • Social learning and collaboration

  • Individual learning

  • Causal reasoning

  • Problem-solving

  • Innovation

  • Collaboration

  • Tool-use

  • Executive Functions

  • Gene-culture co-evolution

  • Material culture, including Tool use and Associative tool use

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • Executive Functions in young children (with Amanda Seed, Christoph Völter, and Josep Call)

  • Cumulative culture in children

    • 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?

  • 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)

 

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)