Current Research

 

Development of social category understanding (3-12 years): In this study, which we conduct in collaboration with Harvard and Boston Universities, we aim to understand what type of inferences children make about social categories, such as gender, race and language, how these inferences change with age, and how these inferences affect children while reasoning about others’ behaviors.

 

Social learning in infancy (7-10 ay): In this study, we are exploring the effects of the social-emotional environment on babies' learning. We present 7-10 month-old babies with video clips, where they see simple events (for instance two individuals clapping to different musical rhythms). We then present babies with slightly changed versions of these events and we observe how long they will watch each event. Based on the durations of their fixations, we infer whether they are able to discriminate these events from each other and how well they learn each event. 

 

Selective learning and teaching in childhood (4-7 years): In this research project, we aim to understand which factors children take into consideration while learning from and teaching to other people around them. As an example, we investigate what kind of cues children use when they acquire information about others from available information sources.

 

Communication with infants (12-15 months) : While communicating with infants, we speak with a melodic and higher pitch voice. In these study series, we aim to investigate the type of inferences that infants make about this type of communication, and whether or not they show a preference for it. We show infants visual or auditory clips, measure how much they attend to these, and try to understand their preferences. In an additional project which we conduct with adults, we also investigate the type of inferences that adults make about this style of communication.

 

The influence of shared cultural knowledge on social tendencies (5-6 years, 13-16 years, adults): In this study, we introduce our participants with people having same or different knowledge or preferences (for instance, a person who knows the same songs with them or a person who loves the same songs with them), and we ask questions about these people. Our aim is to understand better how the importance of shared cultural knowledge changes with age better.