Developmental scientists in the School of Psychology study the processes whereby a fertilised egg develops into a psychologically complex human adult. We study infants, older children, and adolescents. Our research encompasses many topics in developmental science, focusing on biological as well as learning processes, in the domains of emotional, cognitive and social development. All of the members of the group carry out translational research that contributes to the understanding of children’s and adolescents’ physical and mental health problems.
Our research is organised into five themes:
- How do infants understand people’s actions and intentions?
- How do early experiences influence cognitive development?
- How do genes and social experiences interact to influence children’s psychological development?
- How do autonomic and neuroendocrine processes help children cope with stress?
- When do children begin to express anger, fear and the moral emotions?
- What factors influence children’s abilities to match, understand and regulate emotion?
- How does imitation develop in natural contexts?
- How do social learning processes contribute to children’s development?
- Do early relationships with parents convey risk for behavioural and emotional problems?
- How does family conflict influence children’s development