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Developmental researchers work closely with the Psychology Department preschool  (3-4yr olds) and parent-toddler group (newborn-3yr olds). Access to these groups is invaluable for both researchers and students of developmental psychology. The playgroup offers excellent facilities, with video-monitored testing rooms and a one-way viewing cubicle.

All our developmental researchers have strong links with local schools for working with pupils of both primary and secondary school age. This includes both mainstream and special needs schooling.

Stirling University provides excellent resources in the area of developmental psychology, both in terms of reading materials and research tools for participant assessment.

Research Interests 

Peter Hancock: is collaborating with Debbie Riby on face processing in children with autism and with Williams syndrome

Jan Kuipers:is interested in speech perception and the development of a mental lexicon in mono- and bilingual infants and toddlers using Event Related Potentials (ERP) and eye-tracking techniques.

Steve Langton: Eye gaze in children with autistic spectrum disorders (the use of luminance and geometric information).

Eva Rafetseder: is in the area of reasoning and its development in children aged 3 to 14 years, specifically cognitive development of counterfactual reasoning.

Yee Lee Shing: is interested in how human cognition develops across the lifespan, making use of both neuroimaging and multivariate developmental methodology. In her research on episodic memory (i.e. memory situated in time and place), Dr Shing examines how the associative and strategic components interact and regulate memory changes across different life periods.

Line Caes: is interested in paediatric psychology, with a specific interest in the psychosocial aspects of pediatric pain.

Honorary Staff

Robin Campbell: My core interest is the development of intentionality - how children come to refer to different sorts of things in thought, talk or drawing. In my first 20 years of work I investigated talk; in the last 20 years Ive studied drawing. I also have an active interest in the history of developmental psychology (see 'Language Development: Pre-Scientific Studies', in Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Elsevier, 2006).

Bill Phillips: Cognitive Neuroscience; Neural Computation; Neuropsychology

It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth.

Jean Piaget

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